I spent a day wandering around the Hue central city. There isn’t an old town – just the citadel. Outside are some museums. I went to the History Museum. Unlike a lot of places here you can climb all over everything.
All the electrics have gone but there’s still a lot left in these vehicles – the interior labels are clearly legible.
The relics range from weapons and captured ID cards to ‘the radio used by Comrade X to listen to the news 1968-75’. The museum itself has a terrible antiquities section, but the 1954-75 section is ok for free entry. However they go overboard with the boas – including this terrible photo composite to make Diem appear next to the American imperialist Eisenhower:
From here I went inside the citadel.
Entry is D55 000. The main complex is large – about 1 ha – and ranges from ruins to restored buildings. It was built progressively by the emperors but the main period was in the 19th century.