Flag Tower (Cot Co) flying the vietnamese flag above a man in canoe, Hue Citadel / Imperial City, Hue, Vietnam

Looming over the Citadel at a height of 120 ft (37m), the Flag Tower or Cot Co has dominated Hue’s skyline since 1809, when Emperor Gia Long erected it over a big 59 ft brick redoubt. On Jan 31 1968, during the Tet Offensive, Cot Co achieved international recognition when the communist forces seized the Citadel, hoisting the National Liberation Front’s yellowed-starred banner on the Flag Tower’s mast.

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Photography © Quintin Lake, 2010