Last Updated: 16th Feb 2011
Hue is a relatively large city in central Vietnam and as well as being the current capital of the region, was once home to royalty as the capital of the Nguyen Dynasty. The city was an important capital until Hanoi in the North was made the capital by the emerging Communist Government in the mid-1900’s.
People travel to Hue to see its historic buildings and monuments, the most famous of which is perhaps the Forbidden City. Only the Emperor and a selected few were allowed within the walls of this part of the citadel.
Although Hue was an Imperial Capital, the Emperor abdicated in 1945, handing over control of the city and the region to the Communist Government of North Vietnam. When the uprisings against the Communist Government eventually developed into the Vietnam War, Hue was on the South of the divide but suffered greatly as a major battle zone.
Parts of the city have begun restoration and reconstruction but evidence of the War is still present and the destruction acts as a reminder of the damage the War had on the history and ancient relics of Vietnam.