Hué in central Vietnam was, from 1802 until 1945, the former imperial capital of the Vietnamese Nguyen dynasty, the capital of unified Vietnam & the political, cultural and religious centre of the country. However, given it’s location near the geographical centre of the country, Hué was the site of some of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War. During the 1968 Tet Offensive, most of the old Imperial City was battered by the South Vietnamese Air-Force, US artillery and brutal house-to-house fighting, fighting which resulted in the deaths of over 10,000 people, the majority of them civilians.
The Citadel’s 37-metre high flag tower seen in the above picture here is a symbol of the city of Hué & is Vietnam’s highest flag tower. It too has quite a (destructive) history – after being erected in 1809, it was extended in 1831, knocked down by a typhoon (which destroyed most of the city) in 1904, rebuilt again in 1915, destroyed again in 1947 by war and finally erected to its present form in 1949.