The Imperial Citadel in Hue Vietnam has seen its fair share of warfare (heh words are fun). 1947 - the Viet Minh seized the citadel and the French led a six week counter siege.
1968 - The Viet Cong seize most of Hue as part of the Tet Offensive including the Citadel. U.S. bombing and warfare left ~10 out of 160 buildings standing. 50 years later, these buildings still remember the horrors of war but the nature surrounding them has flourished since and ultimately brought a sense of peace to the grounds. The resilience of nature reminds us that though we may be in the middle of troubling times, we can and will overcome. We will grow, become stronger, and will be more beautiful for it!
We got a little caught up pretending the Hue Citadel was his castle! Running around the expansive ruins and grounds as the sun slowly set. It was quite possibly one of the coolest sunsets we have ever witnessed. Watching the sky cast a brilliant red glow over the citadel. How lucky were we being the only ones around to witness it. We got so caught up admiring it that we didn't realise it was way past closing time! Being miles away from the entrance we finally got back to the enormous gates that we came in from. Each one was bolted shut! So we started wandering around until we found another exit around the other side of the grounds! Turns out the army guard barely blinked when we walked out!
The area of Shenglong Huangcheng City is about 18,400 square meters. It is concentrated in the archaeological area of No. 18 Huangyao Road in Hanoi and the ancient city of Hanoi. It is the intersection of Vietnamese sculpture art, architectural art, construction technology, urban planning and landscaping art. It is the most typical and historical monument in Vietnam.
The millennium has carved a deep mark on the city of Thang Long, but as time goes by, there are few remains on the ground of the Dragon City. The Jingtian Temple, which was once located in the center of the forbidden city, is now a broken wall. Only the green dragon railings carved on both sides of the steps are still intact. Walking along the Huangcheng District for a week, the fragrance of the flowers and the antiques of the Imperial City are intertwined.