Photos by Emily Nelson, (University of Minnesota – Twin Cities) Student Correspondent CET Vietnam, Summer 2018 Since we have weekends off, most of us spend the weekends traveling all over Vietnam. Last weekend, a few of us traveled to Da Nang, Hoi An, and Huế in Central Vietnam. This photo shows the Linh Ung Pagoda located on the Son Tra Peninsula which overlooks the city of Da Nang. One of the roommates told me that the pagoda was built to protect the city from Typhoons. Next to the Pagoda is the Lady Buddha statue. It is the largest statue in Vietnam. The Lady Buddha watches over the fishermen of Da Nang. The next place we went to was Hoi An. The ancient town of Hoi An is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are lanterns hanging everywhere in the city that light up the city at night. At night, the city of Hoi An is lit up with lanterns everywhere. This is an example of how most of the shops of Hoi An look like. Yunyang, Chloe, Kim Ngan, and I took a boat out on the river in Hoi An. While on the boat you make a wish and then place a lantern into the water. Later in the night, the river is lit up with many paper lanterns. Our next stop was the city of Huế. Huế was where the Nguyễn Dynasty emperors were located from 1802 to 1945. We first went to the citadel which encompasses the imperial city. Inside was many different shrines, the emperors home, and the royal theaters. Our next stop was the Tomb of Emperor Khải Định. Khải Định was the 12th emperor of the Nguyễn Dynasty. It is a lavish mausoleum and very elaborately designed. These statues are placed in front of the tomb of Khải Định. They represent body guards that are there to protect the tomb. The second tomb we went to also had these bodyguards. The stone bridge shown in the picture leads to the tomb of Minh Mang. The tomb is surrounded by a crescent shaped lake. The whole park was very beautiful and there was not many tourists which made it a very peaceful place.