The Flag Tower in Hue Citadel (Hue, Vietnam)
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As one of the impressive attractions in Hue, the most impressive viewing angle to contemplate Flag Tower is on the highest railing in the east of Nam Giao. It is also the one of the best views overlooking Hue city. Nam Giao together with Hue Flag Tower creates the complex of Nam Giao - Flag Tower, which is the most beautiful landscape of the Citadel not only offering wide open space but also covering the structure of the Imperial Citadel. Seen from Le Loi Street is the image of prominent Hue Flag Tower with Phu Van Lau, Thuong Bac Wharf and turquoise Song Huong (Perfume River) in front, Ngo Mon Gate, ancient Hue Citadel behind.
The Flag Tower, also called the King’s Knight, is the focal point of Hue city. It is commonly known as a flagpole, but viewed from the Imperial City, it is really a huge structure of three flat-top pyramids, one lying on top of another.
It was built during Emperor Gia Long's reign, in 1807, and later improved by his son, Emperor Minh Mang. According to the Thuc Luc (Nguyen Dynasty's Chronicle), the flag-tower is 17.40 m high and consists of three terraces. The first is 5.60 m high, the second ,5.8 m, and the third, 6 m. The higher the terrace, the smaller its surface. On the third terrace, are 8 little buildings housing one canon each and two sentry-boxes at opposite ends.
Vietnam history has undergone numerous heroic feats and one of these events associated with Hue, with Flag Tower and with Ngo Mon Gate. Two days after the red flag and yellow star flying on Hue Flag Tower, the August Revolution broke out in Hue on 23/08/1945. Also here, at the foot of Flag Tower and in front of Ngo Mon Gate, a rally held to celebrate to transfer the seal of the king and publish the manifesto of Emperor Bao Dai's abdication before the delegation of Central Government, which ended feudalism lasting thousands of years in Vietnam country. The event ushered a new era, a new society for the development of the country. The Flag Tower is considered as a witness of this historical moment.
The relic complex of Hue Flag Tower, Phu Van Lau, Ngo Mon Gate and Ngo Mon Square is the center of the events and festivals of ancient land. Spring Flower Fair is considered as a special emphasis on the country's image welcoming the spring. Moments greeting New Year, image of the majestic Hue Flag Tower is brilliant in fireworks light. Festival Hue, a Hue brand in integration and innovation, also celebrates the opening and closing ceremonies at this sacred venue. Flag Tower deserves a symbol and Hue attraction where tourists should once set foot in. Here, tourists will actually get unforgettable emotions.
Location: Hue, Vietnam
Address: Hue Imperial Citadel, Hue city
More information: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/678
Opening hours: Opens daily from 7:00 am - 5.30 pm
Entrance fee: Include Imeprial Citadel tickets: Adult/child 150,000/30,000d
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