The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City

On our way to Hanoi we stopped for a few hours in Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam.  Hue was the national capital until 1945, when Emperor Bao Dai abdicated and a communist government was established in Hanoi.  Through the website of couchsurfing, I met Tuan, Nhi & Nia, some local students. We had only a few hours because we would take the bus to Hanoi the same evening. So we just visited the ‘Forbidden City’.  The grounds of the Imperial City were surrounded by a wall 2 kilometers by 2 kilometers, and the walls were surrounded by a moat.

Alessandra, Victoria, me & our couchsurfers Tuan, Nhi & Nia

Alessandra, Victoria, me & our couchsurfers Tuan, Nhi & Nia

The water from the moat was taken from the Huong River (Perfume River) that flows through Hue. This structure is called the citadel. Inside the citadel was the Imperial City, with a perimeter of almost 2.5 kilometers. Inside the Imperial City was the imperial enclosure called the Purple Forbidden City in Vietnamese, a term similar to the Forbidden City in Beijing. The enclosure was reserved for the Nguyen imperial family.

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