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Mausoleum of Emperor
Khai Dinh

Cruise on the Perfume River

Tomb of the Emperor
Minh Mang

Tomb of the Emperor
Tu Duc

Miss Alina Ton

The Imperial City
The Forbidden Purple City

USARV Long Binh 2003


While in the airport in Inchon, on our way to Vietnam, we met Miss Alina Ton and her mother. Miss Alina was born and raised in Hue, Vietnam but has lived in the United States for 12 years. She is a citizen of the US and lives in Los Angeles where she is a travel agent. Work is slow so she returned to Hue to visit family. I asked her if she would like to show us her beautiful city. She agreed and it made our stay in Hue so much more enjoyable.

The Mausoleum of Khai Dinh.
At the end of the American war these tombs and temples were considered politically incorrect and left un maintained. Fortunately they survived and are now cared for since their value as tourist attractions.
Khai Dinh Mausoleum
Cieling of the tomb of Khai Dinh
Thien Mu Pagoda
Pavilion at Tu Duc Mausoleum
When the tombs were built they included a temple to worshiping ancestors, often a palace for the current royal family to live in while visiting the tomb and in this case a building by a lake where the decendents of Tu Duc could come and relax, have some fresh air and write poetry.
Empress Alina Ton
Miss Alina went to a place in the Palace, at Tu Duc's Mausoleum, where they gave her a costume and took her picture on the throne.
Minh Mang's Tomb

Enterance gate
I think Minh Mang's toumb is the most beautiful we saw. It is a masive complex of the Tomb, Temples, Palace and even a State House. The landscaping is beautiful and the entire site is serene. There are lakes and bridges.

Temple at Minh Mang's Tomb
Temple Alter
Pond at Minh Mang's tomb
Tomb of Minh Mang
Home of Miss Alina's family
Garden at Miss Alina's Home
Miss Alina and her friend Miss Phuong
Citadel - Noon Gate
Foundations at Imperial City
Also called the Purple City or Forbiden City the grounds have been largely destroyed by the Japanese, during the Second world war, the French and even the Americans. We are shown areas where the Empresses quarters were and this contained 9 buildings including her Temple, housing for her staff and other out buildings. It is fortunate that so much still exists.
Boat on Perfume River
Miss Ton arrainged a tour on the Perfume River. We spent a day on the river, visited many Tombs, Temples and Pagodas. The trip lasted most of the day and included lunch on the boat. The cost for the day was $2.00 USD.
One of the beautiful Pagodas along the Perfume River.