The Flag Tower is located in front of Hue Citadel, on the north bank of the Perfume River. Looming over the Citadel at a height of 37m, the Flag Tower or Cot Co was built by bricks during King Gia Long’s reign, and has dominated Hue’s skyline since 1809.
Its three tiers representing something different: earth, human beings and heaven.
This is where the National Liberation Front’s flag flew for 24 days during the Tet offensive of 1968. The red is symbolic of the blood shed during the wars, and the yellow star represents a brighter future.