Hue ( Wikipedia ) is the capital city of Thua Thien - Hue Province, Vietnam. Between 1802 and 1945 is was the country's imperial capital under the Nugyen Dynasty. Hue originally rose to prominence as the capital of the Nugyen Lords, a feudal dynasty that dominated much of Southern Vietnam from the 17th to the 19th century. In 1775 when Trinh Lord Trinh Sam captured it, it was known as Phu Xuan.

A major attraction is its vast, 19th century Citadel, surrounded by a moat and thick stone wall. It encompasses the Imperial City with palaces and shrines; The Forbidden Purple City, once the emperors home; And a replica of the Royal Theatre.

During the Republic of Vietnam, Hue's central location being very near the border between South and North Vietnam put it a vulnerable position during the Vietnam War. In the Tet Offensive of 1968 during the Battle of Hue, the city suffered considerable damage, not only to its physical feature, but its reputation as well, due to the combination of the American military bombing of historic buildings held by the North Vietnamese army in the Battle for Hue, and the massacre at Hue committed by the communist forces.

Since coming to Hue and first seeing where a lot of the damage had been done during the Vietnam War, particularly in the Citadel area, it is now clearly obvious with the change of policy by the new Vietnamese governments of today the war damaged historic buildings are slowly being renovated back to their original state.

Hue; certainly put it on your list of places to go in Vietnam and defiantly credit to the Vietnamese people in restoring such a beautiful city.

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