Hué had a pretty tough time during the Vietnam War which had served as the dividing line between North and South forces. However, by the time I had arrived in 1998, the town seemed to have healed well enough — most notably the Forbidden Purple City and surrounding area. I found myself quit comfortable there. Oh, and the food was pretty darn good, too.
Here’s what UNESCO has to say about Hué:
Established as the capital of unified Viet Nam in 1802, Hué was not only the political but also the cultural and religious centre under the Nguyen dynasty until 1945. The Perfume River winds its way through the Capital City, the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City and the Inner City, giving this unique feudal capital a setting of great natural beauty.