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Beautiful! Weather not included

large_938978_14286158982699.jpgWell we left early again, on to Hoi An. but first we would visit the the Imperial Citadel in Hue and the Thien Mu Pagoda.

The palace was wonderful. As far as it was still standing. A big part was bombed down and they are slowly restoring it. Some parts are already done and look amazing. This is also a World Heritage Site.

We bought rain poncho's on the way there. Good thing we did because it started raining. A lot. And it didn't look like it was going to stop anytime soon. (It didn't, it rained the entire day, i can't remember being so soaked, and it was horrible)

We entered through the main gate, and saw 5 bronze canons. The cannons represented the 5 elements; earth, fire, wood, water and metal. Exactly on the opposite were another 4 bronze cannons. These represented the 4 seasons; spring, summer, autumn and winter.Emperor Gia Long ordered these cannons as a (symbolic) protection of the city.large_938978_14286159127225.jpg

It was really unfortunate the weather was so bad. We only stood in dry places so we could make pictus, and i'm pretty sure we didn't see half of it because of that. The complex has several restored temples, connected with long halls. Inside there is also a display of the furniture that was used inside the palace, together with some decorative paintings. It all looked great but the weather kind of stumped it.

We went on to Thien Mu Pagoda. Rain was a little less when we arrived there. Thien Mu Pagoda started out simple, but was expanded throughout the years. The Pagoda is the main tower. Around it a few smaller temples are built, one with a big bell, one with a turtle with a stele on his back, andbeside the tower on either side are structures that record the architectural history of the tower.large_938978_142861593986.jpg If you walk past the main tower another complex is build with a temple and a garden. It started raining again by then so we decided to walk back to the boat for our boat trip along the Perfume River.

When we got out of the boat the water was dripping like a waterfall down the stairs we had to climb. We went on to our lunch adress, a buddhist nunnery. The food was vegetarian...and sooo nice!One of the best lunches i had, seriously.

After that we saw the Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh, the resting place of the 9th Emperor of Vietnam. It was a huge complex with a lot of statues and beautiful mosaic decorations and a great view if you climbed the stairs all the way up. Really worth a look. After this stop we drove on to Hoi An, where we arrived around 4pm.

After freshing up a bit we walked to the old town, we saw a few temples (from the outside because they were already closed), walked along the river a bit and decided to find a restaurant. After dinner we walked around, saw the Japanese bridge, the lanterns were hanging and lit everywhere, and there were wishing candles all over the river. We bought one too. We also visited the market. It was nice and busy, and yes there were a lot of tourists, but the atmosphere was just great!


Posted by Astreia 17:00 Archived in Vietnam

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