Set between DMZ and Phong Nha to the north – Da Nang and Hoi An to the south, Hue Imperial citadel is featuring on the itinerary of just about every first-time visitor to Vietnam, and justifiably so.
Hue’s location at Vietnam’s geographical heart may have ordained its special role in the most turbulent two centuries of the country’s history. Even before it became the Nguyen Dynasty capital of Vietnam in 1802, Hue was the base for the Nguyen clan who controlled the south of the country.
Hue remained at the center of Vietnam geographically and politically right up until the end of the Vietnam War. The Nguyen Dynasty may have collapsed in 1945, but Hue continued to play an outsized role in national affairs for another 30 years.