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Hue, The Ancient Kingdom of Nguyen’s Hometown

The ancient capital of Vietnam Hue is where you feel the Chinese influence more, especially in the architecture. The old town, the Ancient Palace Complex, with its palaces from the Nguyen period, the tombs, pagodas, temples, are all in the Unesco Heritage List. The main tourist attractions are these palaces where the Nguyen Dynasty lived between the 17th and 19th centuries. The city is a standpoint between the North and the South, and the history tells us that the last king, supported by the imperialist powers, moved to the South and chose Saigon as his residence; whereas the communists moved to the North and declared Hanoi as their capital city. These events lead to a series of wars in the region which were shaped by the involvement of international powers since the 1940’s. We were there in December, during the monsoon season, standing in the rain, and the place was like frozen in time and far from all the violence it witnessed.