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Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)

Hue, Vietnam
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Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: This former site of the old capitol has a moat and ten ornate gates guarding a palace, temples, gardens and tombs. Its most prominent feature is a... more » Owner description: This former site of the old capitol has a moat and ten ornate gates guarding a palace, temples, gardens and tombs. Its most prominent feature is a tall flag tower. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

I have seen it many times now and every time I find something new and interesting .The history is well worth following the stages of the restoration ,as it shows a different view of it ,every time .A ,must see ,when in Hue and easily accessible by foot . Meander in your own time and discover a wonderful part of... More

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ny
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Interesting historical site in the early Capitol city of Vietnam. We were fortunate to see the colorful changing of the guards ceremony; novice Buddhist monks; and a dance performance in addition to the ruins of the Imperial City.

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Danville, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Worth a visit but really lame in comparison with other, similar, sites. The Forbidden City in Beijing is a far better example of this kind of structure and has a real history. The regime celebrated here only took power in 1803 so it is, comparatively, pretty new and restored to boot. OK if you are in Hue but nothing to... More

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

We walked all the way from the Imperial Hotel, and it wasn't bad--maybe 25 minutes. There is a safe walkway on the bridge, separated from traffic. Borrowed an umbrella from the hotel for the sun... More walking in the Imperial City--we were there 2 - 3 hours and saw pretty much everything. There are occasional benches and shade and a... More

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E Anglia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Huge place so take your time. Also it is of benefit to take some time to learn of this site’s recent (late twentieth century) history. This will allow you to appreciate what is being restored/replaced and is missing. If you visit on a hot day take lots of water – there is shade but it bakes! Some of the site... More

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Sequim, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

This massive site housed the Kings of Vietnam and is well worth a visit. Enter from the front and have a driver or taxi pick you up after walking through the entire grounds.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Very interesting - a must see in Hue. Really gives you an insight into the history of Vietnam. Allow at least 2 hours.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

This imperial city in my opinion was better than the forbidden City in China. It was smaller but so beautiful. Really enjoyed the tour of this former capital of Vietnam. A must see in Hue

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Thankfully for us we found a motorbike tour that would include time to see the Hue Imperial City - better known as the citadel. I am so glad that we did because this place is truly amazing. Obviously some areas are now in need of repair and restoration, but some parts of the imperial city still look like they did... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The main entrance was under construction and quite a few parts of it are being restored. The parts which have been restored are very good. A lot of it is just ruins and the site is not well kept with weeds and long grass everywhere. We both commented that it needs better upkeep.

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