Here we are wandering around the grounds of the ancient Hue Citadel, aka, Hue Imperial City. This was the Vietnamese Forbidden City. . .the home of the kings and emperors of Viet Nam. It has a vast moat around the exterior wall, a military fortress that was used to defend and guard the emperor’s palace and administrative buildings, many interior courtyards and galleries that lead deeper into the complex, and finally the ruins of the actual royal palace. The royal palace was completely torn down after the last emperor of Vietnam, a guy called Bao Dai, abdicated in 1945. . .this marks the movement of Viet Nam from being a monarchy to becoming a republic of its own of the people and for the people–what we know today as the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam.
The grounds here are beautiful and full of history. . .for example, this is the site of some of the fiercest fighting during the Battle of Hue–a huge turning point in the American War. . .there are lots of photographs on the walls of past coronations, meetings with French officials when Viet Nam was a colony of France, etc. and so on. . .so much history and culture and human vitality to soak up here–you must visit this place if you ever find yourself hangin’ out in Hue–it will make you go “aaahh” and “hmmm.”
I send you warm and complex vibes from the Hue Citadel. . .feel them. . .they are good for you to reflect upon.
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It’s lovely out there.