On a winding road, off we go to Hue noted for its historical and cultural significance.
A must do here is a dragon boat excursion on the Perfume River. Most of the boats are operated by families who live on board and to make an extra dollar, someone pleads with you the entire journey to buy something and NO is not a satisfactory answer!
We were not unhappy to leave the boat at Thien Hu Pagoda, home to 45 Buddhist monks, including “little” monks. Where Buddhism is practiced, young boys become monks to make proud their family, however, they may return to ordinary life after a few days or weeks. At Thien Hu, the daily attire is gray robes. When they leave the site, gray is replaced by brown and for ceremony orange is worn.
Especially sobering here was a grim reminder of a time many in my generation would like to forget. Reading this text brought back a vivid memory of the photo of this incident that appeared again and again in every publication.
Next on the agenda is the Citadel with its long history associated with the monarchy. After sustaining much damage during the American War as it is called in Vietnam, much of the structure is in disrepair, but there is evidence that some buildings are gradually being restored.