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HUE was the capital of Đàng Trong Kingdom from 1738 to 1775 and of the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 to 1945.

Its major attraction here is its vast, 19th-century citadel. The grounds of this "Imperial City" are protected by fortified ramparts 2 kilometers by 2 kilometers, and ringed by a moat.

Most of the Imperial City was destroyed during the American War, but gradually it is being restored to some of its former beauty.

We spent half a day wandering around inside, often admiring the small details and artwork of the various halls, courtyards and villas. Here's another example.


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THIS PICTURE shows a dragon protecting the entrance to one of the courtyards. I don't know if he did a good job scaring evil spirits and mean folks away. He looks rather cute.

Technically, this is another example of the broken pottery technique I also showed you in my previous post.

In the WS a picture of another, equally cute dragon.

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