Thien Mu Pagoda Temple, the Citadel and the Imperial Palace. All are located within Hue: 14 March 2013


This is a map of Hue, the Citadel and the Imperial Palace. The routes that I took were tracked by GPS, and the tracked routes were superimposed on this Google Map.The green track shows the route from La Residence Hotel to a dock where we boarded a small dragon boat for a trip up the Perfume River. We then toured the Thien Mi Pagoda Temple. Afterwhich we took a short drive to the main gate of the Citadel. We toured the Imperial Palace by foot, I then continued to travel by foot within the Citadel. I crossed the Perfume River on the Cau Phu Xuan Bridge and walked back to the La Residence Hotel.


In early 1968, during the Tet Offensive, there was a long protracted battle within Hue between the US Marines and the US Army and the North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong. Many soldiers and civilians were killed, and there was considerable damage to structures within Hue.

This is a map of Hue as depicted in January and February, 1968.

The Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army attack during January 30-31, 1968


Dragon Boats docked on the Perfume River.

We're heading up the river towards the Thien Mi Pagoda Temple.

The famous Trang Tien Bridge. Designed by Gustave Eiffel, bridge construction commenced in 1897 and the bridge was completed in 1899.

A Dragon Boat.

A small barge carrying sand.

Within the Thien Mu Pagoda Temple.

Thien Mu Pagoda Temple.

Thien Mu Pagoda Temple.

Within the Thien Mu Pagoda Temple is a pale blue British Austin Westminster car. Thich Quang Duc used this car to drive to his self-immolation on the streets of Saigon on 11 June 1963. He was protesting against the Ngo Dinh Diem government which ruled South Vietnam. It was the first of a series of self-immolations by members of the Buddhist clergy, which brought the plight of Buddhists to the attention of the international community.

The self-immolation of Thich Quang Duc on a busy Saigon street intersection on 11 June 1963.

The tall flag pole near the entrance to the Citadel.

An entryway to the Citadel.

A moat surrounds the Citadel as does a wall and bastions.

The flag pole near the entrance to the Citadel.

Within the Citadel.

Renovation work within the Imperial Palace.


Within the Imperial Palace.

A stairway to the top of the wall surrounding the Citadel; as seen from the inside of the Cidadel.

An entryway to the Citadel; as seen from the inside of the Cidadel.

Housing and commercial operations within the Citadel.

A bronze statue commemorating Nguyen Van Troi. Mr. Troi, age 24, was a Viet Cong fighter. In May of 1963, he was captured as he was trying to assassinate US Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and future US Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. He was executed by a firing squad in Chi Hoa Prison.

Within the Citadel.

Within the Citadel.


Within the Citadel.


On Friday morning the 15th of March, we took a short 10 mile drive to Phu Bai International Airport for a one hour flight to Ho Chi Minh City.




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