Photographer's Note

You totally neglected my favourite poet:(, so I go back to my Vietnam archive. In Hue, the influence of Chinese architecture is very well visible.
Here the richly decorated gate leading to the courtyards, there another gate, and another. The sky is overcast but at least it didn't rain at the moment.

The Imperial City (Vietnamese: Hoàng thành) is a walled enclosure within the citadel (Kinh thành) of the city of Huế, the former imperial capital of Vietnam.
he grounds of the Imperial City are protected by fortified ramparts 2 kilometers by 2 kilometers, and ringed by a moat. The water in the moat is routed from the Perfume River through a series of sluice gates. This enclosure is the citadel (Kinh thành).

Inside the citadel is the Imperial City (Hoàng thành), with a perimeter wall some 2.5 kilometers in length.

Within the Imperial City is the Purple Forbidden City, a term identical to the Forbidden City in Beijing. Access to the innermost enclosure was restricted to the imperial family.

The Citadel came under fire in 1968, as part of the Tet Offensive a Division-sized force of People's Army of Vietnam and Viet Cong soldiers launched a coordinated attack on Huế seizing most of the the fighting caused substantial damage to the Imperial City. Viet Cong troops occupied some portions of the citadel while South Vietnamese troops occupied others. Out of 160 buildings, only 10 major sites remain because of the battle. The city was made a UNESCO site in 1993. The buildings that still remain are being restored and preserved. very few tourists. In the theatre, we were the only viewers.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11569 W: 123 N: 29422] (138702)
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