Day 05 (part 2)
26.03.2009 - 26.03.2009
As I walked towards the Citadel after lunch, I passed by the Military Museum, which was closed for noon break. Anyway that wasn't my intended destination, so I just took some pictures of the old military tanks. A cyclo driver started talking to me. In Vietnamese. So I told him I don't understand Vietnamese, I come from Malaysia. Upon hearing that, he started showing his 'guest book', where a satisfied passenger from Malaysia wrote positive comments about him. And he started to talk a lot, beginning from how beautiful Hue is to why his father gave him the name Hue. Basically he was just trying to show his friendliness and wanted me to book him for a ride. I have no intention of doing that, so I said bye and quickly left to prevent further false hopes.
Moments later I reached the Citadel, and went to buy the entrance ticket. Here, one of the most ridiculous thing happened right before my eyes. The ticket price was 55k Dong, so I paid 100k Dong, expecting change. The girl at counter asked if I have 5k Dong, so I looked into my wallet. At the same time the girl beside her who was busy texting on her mobile phone took the 100k Dong note and replaced it with a 10k Dong note on the desk. As I took out my 5k Dong, the girl gave me a look, pointing at the 10k Dong note and said '55k Dong', implying that I only paid 10k Dong just now. I simply said: "I gave 100k just now." And she just took the 5k Dong and gave me my 50k Dong change. How ridiculous can it be?! I wonder how much money they have cheated like this. Real ugly.
Back to the Citadel. The Citadel is actually the remains of the palace when Hue was capital of Vietnam, which was the era before French domination. Somewhat like the Forbidden City in China, but I have a feeling that one will be much more impressive.
Flag tower opposite the Citadel
Entrance to the Citadel
Thai Hoa Palace, used for the king's official receptions and other important court ceremonies such as anniversaries and coronations.
Giant emperor seal. Looks very chinese!
This is where the Purple Forbidden City used to be, but the Americans dropped a few bombs and...
Thai Binh Reading Room. Was it where the imperial tutors educate those little princes?
Views of garden and pond behind the reading room
Yes. This elephant is a real and living one. But don't ask me why is it there. I have no idea.
A few of the many old gates around the area