|Thai Hoa Palace, Imperial City, Hue|
We crossed the river from our hotel and entered the Citadel on foot via one of the many gates accessed by crossing a footbridge. We stood on the bridge for quite a while, fascinated by the sight of hundreds of uniformed schoolchildren, carrying brooms, mops and buckets, snaking their way along the narrow streets heading to do some pre-Tet cleaning I don't know where!
|Red and gold lacquered doors|
Having studied the map again carefully, and feeling refreshed after our coffee break, we headed in the direction we believed the Imperial City to be. We were correct, but we were at the exit gate, not the entrance, so were not allowed in! We had to walk a long way around the perimeter wall before finding ourselves at the main entrance. Unfortunately, some of its impact was lost because half of the structure was covered in scaffolding, but, once inside, the Imperial City did not disappoint!
|The Nine Dynastic Urns|
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