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Hue rests on the left bank of the Perfume River, halfway between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. It was the center of the Nguyen Dynasty.

The Imperial City, modeled after Beijing's Forbidden City, covers almost 2.5 square miles and is enclosed by walls and moats. Much as been destroyed by war and time and UNESCO is making efforts to restore the site. Inside are nine cannons guarding the bridges that lead to the Ngo Mon, or Royal Gate, topped with a pavilion from which the emperors viewed the palace ceremonies. There is also an imperial throne room.

Thien Mu Pagoda, considered Hue's finest, occupies a lovely setting a short distance upstream on the Perfume River.

The Imperial Tombs, burial places of the emperors, dot the countryside south of the city.


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