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A Perfect Fairytale Setting – Hue, Vietnam

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Ancient tombs, a walled fortress, a forbidden city and a pagoda along the Perfume River, even in the misty days of drizzle, Hue seems magical.

I’m partial to the tomb of the emperor Tu Duc, he was one of the longest rulers in Vietnam.  According to my wonderful motorbike driver and personal tour guide Long (or Dragon), Tu Duc had 100 wives and was unable to have children due to a childhood illness. Known for his compassion and kindness, he was also a poet. He enjoyed the beauty of nature and his living quarters display his love of art and tranquility.

Perfume River pagoda

Perfume River pagoda

 

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A more elaborate tomb of emperor Khai Dihn

A more elaborate tomb of emperor Khai Dihn

Tu Duc

Tu Duc

 

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Tomb on the property of Tu Duc

 

 

An autobiography written by Tu Duc

An autobiography written by Tu Duc

 

Imperial City

Imperial City

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Motorbike guide Long (Dragon)

Motorbike guide Long (Dragon)