Ngo Mon Gate (a.k.a. the Gate of Noon)
Tour guide with tourists, at the Dien Thai Hoa. I did not know when I took this photograph that violet Ã¡o dÃ i are commonly associated with Hue (according to an article on Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hu%E1%BA%BF)
Hedges shaped as elephants, at the Dien Thai Hoa.
Hail the queen! Well not quite. Apparently, ladies can dress as a queen, for a fee..
Inside the Imperial City
More (elaborate) covered walkways
Moat surrounding the Imperial City
One of the buildings just outside the Imperial City, converted into an expensive (but empty) cafe.
Moat surrounding the Imperial City, as viewed from the top of the Ngo Mon Gate (a.k.a. the Gate of Noon)
Oversized drum on top of the Ngo Mon Gate (a.k.a. the Gate of Noon), inside the Imperial City
Dien Thai Hoa – Palace of Supreme Harmony, as viewed from the top of the Ngo Mon Gate (a.k.a. the Gate of Noon), inside the Imperial City
One of the busy gates into the Imperial City
Probably the best sugarcane juice I’ve had so far!
Lang Khai Dinh (Emperor Khai Dinh’s tomb)
Stone sculpture of a mandarin (bureaucrat).
Emperor Khai Dinh
Our friendly cab driver
Thien Mu Pagoda
Thien Mu Pagoda
In 1963, Thich Quang Duc burned himself to death in downtown Saigon in protest against the Diem regime’s policies of discriminating against Buddhists and violating religious freedom. You can Google for details, http://www.google.com/search?q=Thich+Quang+Duc.
This is the car that took him to Saigon is stored in the rear of Thien Mu Pagoda.
Open space at the rear of the Thien Mu Pagoda
Perfume River, beside Thien Mu Pagoda
On the banks of the Perfume River beside Thien Mu Pagoda
Trang Tien Bridge
Other photos taken during this trip,