Former capital of Vietnam, Huế is one of the “must-do” in the center of the country, from a historical, cultural and shopping point of view. Yeah, because Mum started to do a lot of shopping, pushing us to practice our bargaining skills, which I must admit, are not our strongest (though they are getting better!).
We chose to explore the Imperial Citadel by our own, but relied on a local guide to visit some of the nearby imperial tombs. Luckily for us, because of the COVID-19 virus outbreak, all these places were far from being overcrowded, making them even more enjoyable.
The Imperial Citadel
Of course, the citadel wouldn’t be one without its many well-decorated gates.
The Imperial Tombs
The Nguyen Dynasty, who ruled Vietnam for roughly 150 years, has seen many emperors, some being overthrown only after a few days of ruling while others lasted for years. They left several tombs behind which, unfortunately, remained in various states of preservation. We only visited 3 of them, namely Gia Long, Tu Duc and Khai Dinh tombs.
We also stopped on the road between the tombs at a handcrafting shop.