We got off the train in Hue in the morning and jostled our way through the madness of the train station.
We had a beautiful hotel in Hue, with cable TV, minibar, and a private balcony overlooking the ubiquitous flower-sellers on the street.
Outside of Hanoi and Saigon, it seemed like we only found one type of lodging -- luxurious and ridiculously cheap, usually in the US $7 to 12 range (breakfast included.)
We headed out to take a look around. The park alongside the Perfume River held this enigmatic statue.
Crossing the river, we caught our first glimpse of the classic Vietnamese riverboat.
The Perfume River.
On the way to the Citadel we came on this ruined Buddhist temple where someone had recently come to burn incense.
The Citadel was the main attraction in Hue. It's a relatively young building for Vietnam, only 200 years old.
Inside the outermost gate was this, the Ngo Mon gate, the entrance to the "Forbidden Purple City," the former digs of the Emperor.
Inside this area was also the "Palace of Supreme Harmony" and the "Halls of the Mandarins."
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