Once I passed over a canal that led to the Perfume River, I spied Tu Dam Pagoda. After a month in Vietnam, I was on pagoda overload and with three tourist buses outside, even more so.
My attention was drawn to the opposite side of the road that the tourist buses ignored. Here was a monument to Phan Boi Chau, a revolutionary against the French colonialists in Hue.
Less than a kilometre away was a circular stand surrounded by pine trees, Nam Giao Esplanade. This was where emperors organized sacrificial ceremonies (top photo).