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Do you know the stories behind the Hotel Siagon Morin ?

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Note to self 

These facts could easily be transferred into a movie.

Built in 1901 by the French businessman Mr Bogota, the hotel, is the first in Central Vietnam.

In 1907 it is owned and upgraded by the Morin brothers and in 1945, it reaches its peak with 72 rooms, restaurant, cinema, grocery and library. It plays a major role as the center of the French community.

In 1946 it becomes a shelter for French army and French civilians during the Anti- French colonization movement rising.

In 1954 The Geneva Agreement is signed and the French leave Vietnam.

In 1957 the hotel is confiscated and is used as a House of Hue University where it became the hub of anti – South Vietnam government movement of the students in Hue.

In the ‘Tet Offensive ‘of 1968 and the streets and buildings around the Morin Hotel and Truong Tien Bridgewitness dramatic events during the battle for Hue city.

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Photo:Truong Tien Bridge

From reunification in 1975 until 1988 the hotel continues to House Hue University and is a favorite among back packers.

In 1997 the hotel is restored to its former glory.

Today, it is acknowledged as one of the most luxurious in Hue.

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Photo : The Garden Restaurant in the Morin Hotel.

Note to self.

Gosh, as I stay here I wonder if only the walls could talk what stories they would tell.

Our room is next to the presidential suite and has a full view overlooking the Truong Tien Bridge.

On leaving Hue I am sad.Unfortunately, I do not have more time to understand the history of this city that once was a capital for many years.

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Photo: Me saying goodbye to the staff in the Morin Hotel

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