Huế railway station

Huế railway station is a railway station in the city of Huế, Vietnam on the main North–South Railway. The street address is 2 Bui Thi Xuan Street, Huế, Thừa Thiên–Huế Province, Vietnam.[1]

The station was built by the French colonial authorities during the French Indochina period. The station is influenced by French architecture and is today considered one of the most beautiful railway stations in Vietnam.[2] Built by the French Public Works Department, it was considered a "rectangular horror" according to a source from 1913. [3] During the Vietnam War in the Battle of Hue the station housed snipers but U.S. troops drove them out.

Hue Train Station
on the platform
Huế
Hue Railway Station
Location Vietnam
Coordinates16°48′40″N 107°6′42″E / 16.81111°N 107.11167°ECoordinates: 16°48′40″N 107°6′42″E / 16.81111°N 107.11167°E

References

  1. ^ Kris LeBoutillier. On the Iron Rails of the Orient: Train Journeys in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Tibet 2008 Page 71 "Vietnam today looks as though it was built for tourism. From Phan Thiet all the way to Hue the train travels along the beachfront."
  2. ^ Réné Parenteau, Luc Champagne -La conservation des quartiers historiques en Indochine 1997 Page 146 "Ensuite, l'École Pellerin (maintenant l'École du Parti de la province) et enfin, sur l'autre rive du fleuve An Cuu, s'étendait la Gare de Huê, terminant l'axe Jules Ferry (maintenant rue Le Loi), axe principal du quartier européen, sur la berge sud .."
  3. ^ Saumont, Jean Baptiste (1913). Sur les routes d'Annam : de Hanoï à Hué en automobile, les fêtes du Têt et du Conseil de gouvernement dans la capitale annamite [On the roads of Annam: Hanoi to Hue by car, the Tet holidays and the Governing Council in the Annamite capital] (in French). Hanoi: Impr. tonkinoise Bac-Thai-Buoi et Cie.
Battle of Huế

The Battle of Huế – also called the Siege of Huế – was one of the longest and bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War. Between 30 January and 3 March 1968, in the South Vietnamese city of Huế, 11 battalions of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN), four U.S. Army battalions, and three U.S. Marine Corps battalions – totaling 18 battalions – defeated 10 battalions of the People's Army of Vietnam and the Viet Cong (VC).

By the beginning of the North Vietnamese Tet Offensive on January 30, 1968 – coinciding with the Vietnamese lunar New Year (Vietnamese: Tết Nguyên Đán) – large, conventional, U.S. forces had been committed to combat operations on Vietnamese soil for almost three years.

Highway 1, passing through the city of Huế, was an important supply line for ARVN, US, and Allied Forces from the coastal city of Da Nang to the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). It also provided access to the Perfume River (Vietnamese: Sông Hương or Hương Giang) at the point where the river ran through Huế, dividing the city into northern and southern parts. Huế was also a base for United States Navy supply boats.

Considering its logistical value and its proximity to the DMZ (only 50 kilometres (31 mi)), Huế should have been well-defended, fortified, and prepared for any communist attack. However, the city had few fortifications and was poorly defended.

While the ARVN 1st Division had cancelled all Tet leave and was attempting to recall its troops, the South Vietnamese and U.S. forces in the city were unprepared when the Viet Cong and the PAVN launched the Tet Offensive, attacking hundreds of military targets and population centers across the country, including Huế.The PAVN/Vietcong forces rapidly occupied most of the city. Over the next month, they were gradually driven out during intense house-to-house fighting led by the Marines and ARVN. In the end, although the Allies declared a military victory, the city of Huế was virtually destroyed, and more than 5,000 civilians were killed (2,800 of them executed by the PAVN and Viet Cong, according to the South Vietnamese government). The communist forces lost an estimated 2,400 to 8,000 killed, while Allied forces lost 668 dead and 3,707 wounded. The losses negatively affected the American public's perception of the war, and political support for the war began to wane.

Huế

Huế (Vietnamese: [hwě] (listen) is a city in central Vietnam that was the capital of Đàng Trong Kingdom from 1738 to 1775 and of the Nguyễn Dynasty from 1802 to 1945. A major attraction is its vast, 19th-century citadel, surrounded by a moat and thick stone walls. It encompasses the Imperial City, with palaces and shrines; the Forbidden Purple City, once the emperor's home; and a replica of the Royal Theater.

The city was also the battleground for the Battle of Huế, which was one of the longest and bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War.

List of railway lines in Vietnam

This list enumerates railway lines in Vietnam. The Vietnamese railway system is owned and primarily operated by the state-owned Vietnam Railways (Vietnamese: Đường sắt Việt Nam), although private railway companies also offer special service to key destinations. Its principal route is the 1,726 km (1,072 mi) single track North–South Railway line running between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City; as of 2007, 85% of the network's passenger volume and 60% of its cargo volume is transported along this line. Besides this one, the system includes lines connecting Hanoi to the People's Republic of China, to surrounding cities such as Thái Nguyên, Hai Phong and Hạ Long.Most existing Vietnamese railway lines use metre gauge, although standard gauge (used in China) and mixed gauge are used northeast of Hanoi. As of 2005, approximately 2,600 km (1,600 mi) of track was in use throughout Vietnam—2,169 km (1,348 mi) meter gauge, 178 km (111 mi) standard gauge and 253 km (157 mi) mixed gauge. As of 2005, there were 278 stations on the Vietnamese railway network, 191 of which are located along the North-South Railway line.New railway lines have been proposed for construction, such as the 1,570 km (980 mi) high-speed North–South Express Railway connecting Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, which would reduce travel times from 30 hours to 6 hours. Other proposals aim to restore or completely rebuild previously existing lines that fell into disuse after the French Indochina War and the Vietnam War, such as the Da Lat–Thap Cham line, which now serves only to ferry tourists between Đà Lạt and the nearby village of Trại Mát. International links to Cambodia and Laos are also under consideration.

Phan Thiết railway station

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The Amazing Race Vietnam 2014

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The program premiered on 21 June on VTV6 and airs every Saturday and Sunday (19:55 UTC+7)

The host for this season is Huy Khánh. Singer and Athlete Hương Giang & Criss were the winners of the Race.

The Amazing Race Vietnam 2016

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Huy Khánh returned as host after he was absent during the previous season.

Rapper Tiến Đạt & Hotel Manager Thúc Lĩnh Lincoln, who had competed on different teams from Season 2 and Season 4, respectively, were the winners of this season.

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