The Hue Imperial city (Hoàng Thành) lies 100 km from Danang, which was once the former capital of Vietnam. Danang (Da Nang, Đà Nẵng) is the third-largest city in Vietnam, located on the shores of the Chinese coast between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, with approximately 800 km from both cities.
In 1802 Emperor Gia Long founded Nguyen Dynasty and changed Hanoi to Hue. His idea was to reunification North and South Vietnam and he began the construction of the Hue Citadel. The Hue flourished were the rulers tried to fight for the increasing influence of France at any cost. In the year 1885, the French forces responded to an attack of North Vietnam and attacked the Hue Citadel, they burned down the royal library and collected all precious from the citadel. The royal government remained in Hue, but they were no longer invited to events of national importance and to various holidays.
During 1968 all world attention was again given to Hue. Although the Americans focused exclusively on protecting the Khe Sanh military base, the North Vietnamese and Viet-Kong troops captured Hue.
With a three-and-a-half week period when North Vietnam controlled the citadel, more than 2,500 people were killed (eg, soldiers, government employees, monks, and other intellectuals). They named them lackeys, who have a blood debt. The United States and South Vietnam responded by sweeping all the neighboring quarters from the ground completely, where they also used a napalm bomb. Around 10,000 people were killed in Hue city.
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