Rain, Rain, Go Away

Chris stands next to a sculpture of a Mandarin in the Citadel (Imperial City)

Flag Tower

Tallest of its kind in Viet Nam. The flay tower was built in 1807 and was almost destroyed by the French in 1947. It was also occupied by the Viet Cong during the Tet offensive

Mine Clearing

In preparation for an upcoming celebration, the military is scanning the area for live mines around the "forbidden purple city" at the center of the Citadel

Another angle

It was a bit surreal to see these guys hunting for live mines while we were walking around on a tour!


This large urn is one of the nine that represent the power/autority of the king/dynasty. The king killed enemies by throwing them into thisurn filled with bubbling oil...while still alive


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