Hue, Vietnam - Part I
Thien Mu Pagoda
The Thien Mu Pagoda overlooks the Perfume River and is the official symbol of the city of Hue. The 21 meter high tower with seven stories built in 1844 by Emperor Thieu Tri.
A marble stele (an upright, inscribed stone used as a monument or commemorative tablet) on the back of a turtle - the symbol of longevity.
This enormous bell, called Dai Hong Chung, was cast in 1710 and weighs 2,052 kg.
Detail of chinese character engraved on a column of the main sanctuary.
Statue of a warrior mandarin guarding the gates of the main sanctuary of Thien Mu Pagoda.
Ancient bonsai tree in the beautiful gardens of Thien Mu Pagoda.
Gate to the main sanctuary of Thien Mu Pagoda with the seven story tower in the background.
Detail of a dragon carving adorning the stairs leading to the Main Sanctuary.
Symbol of longevity decorating one of the walls of the Thien Mu Pagoda.
The 1963 self-immolation of Thich Quang Duc in Saigon with the Austin motorcar in the background.  This remains one of the most enduring and evocative images from the American War in Vietnam.
On display at the Thien Mu Pagoda is the Austin motorcar used by the Buddhist monk, Thich Quang Duc, to drive from Hue to Saigon.  Upon arrival, he set himself on fire in protest of the policies of President of South Vietnam, Ngo Dinh Diem.
Thanh Toan Bridge (Japanese Covered Bridge)
Built by a Japanese woman as a gift to the Vietnamese villagers, Thanh Toan Bridge facilitated trade and transport for the hardworking locals.
The childless Japanese woman had come to consider the villagers her family.  As she had no heirs to leave her money to, she financed the construction of this bridge.
Thanh Toan Bridge still provides the local villagers a cool respite from the heat of the afternoon sun.  It is also a meeting spot for the locals and a perfect place to take a nap.
One of the elaborately carved entrances to the still frequently used Japanese covered bridge.  A new bridge next to Thanh Toan relieves this historical bridge of motorcycle traffic and is now only used by pedestrians.
A shrine dedicated to the woman who built the bridge.  She died with no children to pray for her in the afterlife, however the entire village continues to pray for her to this day.  Instead of being a mother to a few children, she became a mother to the whole village through the generations.
A local taking a rest in the cool shade of the Japanese Covered Bridge.
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