Stepping Back in Time To Meet The Emporers in Hue
Trip Start Dec 28, 2010
28Trip End Mar 31, 2011
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Hue Backpackers Hostel
Next stop was the Thien Mu Pagoda, the tallest pagoda in Vietnam. It's an impressive sight standing at the edge of the Perfume River but we didn't stay here too long as we needed to move onto our next sight. Hue used to be the capital of Vietnam and so 7 of Vietnams emporers are buried here and we were off to see the tomb of one of them as our next stop.The Tomb of Minh Mang is set in acres of land just outside of Hue. The emperor is buried in a hill in the centre of the tomb complex but no-one knows his exact whereabouts to protect him and his treasure from grave robbers. There were about 3 buildings to move through before you reached the tomb and each was bigger and more ornate than the last. The buildings housed different artefacts that the emperor owned or shrines to him and during his reign would have housed some of his 142 children.The tomb itself was exactly as described; A plain hill surrounded by a moat with two giant gates. Withought digging up the hill there is no way of knowing where he is buried as it is now densely covered with trees and bushes...Oh and it's still raining.
At this point it was around 3:45 and it hadn't stopped raining all day. We had the choice to visit another tomb and to see a conical hat making village but we still had the ride on the Perfume River to come so we skipped the last two and jumped aboard the Dragon Boat. This wasn't spectaular at all, in fact it was more just a way to get from A to B but it finished off the day nicely and we headed in to start the mammoth task of trying to dry out our clothes. We managed to get a snapshot of Hue and do the main sights but the weather got the better of us and we definately all gave up towards the end. Off to Hoi An tomorrow and hopefully down south the weather will be better.