A DAY TOUR HUE – DMZ QUANG TRI – HUE
(From 7.30 to 18.00)
Around 7.30, we depart for Vinh Moc Tunnels. On the way, we crossed the Ben Hai River and Hien Luong Bridge. The river was important because it was the dividing line between north and South Vietnam. And then back on the bus to Vinh Moc Tunnels. Looking at the tunnels, it was easy to understand why this small, beleaguered nation could take on the greatest military power on the planet and win. If your time is permitted, we visit Quang Tri Ancient Citadel. Quang Tri ancient citadel was built in 1824 by the order of King Minh Mang. It is located in Thach Han village, Hai Lang district, initially the citadel was a work of earth. Four years later it was rebuilt with bricks.
In 1972 during the phasing out of the American intervention in the Vietnam Was, the liberation army seized the citadel from the Saigon troops. The stationing liberation troops had to suffer the heaviest and longest artillery and bombing attacks ever launched by the Saigon army to recapture the citadel. At present visitors to the site of the ancient Quang Tri Citadel can still see several pieces of brick wall of the citadel. They are all what have been left after the 36-day battle back in 1972. One can imagine these standing brick walls as some sort of war memorials to those fallen combatants in the fight at the Quang Tri citadel.
Driving to back to your hotel in Hue.