press photo The Nguyen kings might be long gone, but in Hue, the legacy of Vietname's last royal court lingers. Compared with the frenzied pace of the development in Ho Chi Minh City, this historic UNESCO-listed town on the central coast is the peaceful, slow-paced, and inescapably charming; on my first morning, I watched schoolgirls in pastel-colored ao dai bicycle through towering stone ramparts on their way to class, and wiry cyclo drivers pedal piles of fresh fruits and vegetables to market along the moat of the Citadel, commissioned in 1804 by Emperor Gia Long ...
press photo Hue is Vietnamese artist's muse. Set on the fertile banks of the Perfume River, named for the fragrant blooms that fall from the trees to float downstream as summer slips into autumn, it is a city of seasonal extremes, scenic landscapes and distinctive architecture that has inspired poetry, songs and stories since Nguyen Phuc Anh, later Emperor Gia Long, first chose the valley as the seat of Vietnam's ruling dynasty in 1802 ...
press photo Food is at the very heart of Vietnamese culture. Almost every aspect of social, devotional, and family life revolves around the procurement, preparation, and shared pleasure of nourishment. Even commercial life: more than half of Vietnam's population makes a living in agriculture or the food trade. Markets are on every corner; cooks on every curb. A sneeze elicits the blessing com muoi, or "rice with salt." ...
press photo The seat of the Vietnams royal dynasty for over 150 years, the riverside city of Hue is filled with dazzling palaces and temples, and an exciting, colourful local cuisine. Gemma Price samples the best it has to offer ...
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