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Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)

Hue, Vietnam
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Ranked #5 of 31 attractions in Hue
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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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

would be better to see once more renovations have occurred but was also very hot and huge area to explore without much shade, better to go very early or late in day

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perth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

take a tour guide so you get all the questions answered that you walk around thinking about, because this place has an aura about it. very intriguing

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Calangute, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This imperial city surrounded by a moat with water from the Purple river enclosed was the "Purple forbidden city " was compared to the Forbidden City In Beijing must have been so grand in the earlier times, . got destroyed during the Vietnam Tet war in 1968 inspite of resrictions of not to bomb. The whole place is being restored,... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The citadel itself is lovely but we got scammed at the ticket desk... we gave the girl a 500,000 vnd bill and she swapped it for a 100,000 bill quicker than lightening then demanded more money... and lets be honest i couldnt start arguing with her with another 2 vietnamese men standing along side her... a bit intimidating!!! So just... More

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This is the primary historical attraction in Hue. It appears that a lot of restoration work is underway based on a lot of roped off areas, and the high entrance fee of 105000 VND per person (high relative to other sights in Vietnam). It's a massive complex with many parts to explore. You can use some maps and signs with... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed making my way through the different palaces (built by different emperors) in the Citadel compound. Really aided by the photo histories posted in the hallways which English translations -- a great help. Wish I'd visited in a cooler time (rather than June), as the heat made us rush a bit.

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Melbourne
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I found this a sad place, because of the sheer destruction of what must have been a magnificent site in it's prime. I was surprised at how little remains. There is some restoration going on, with very impressive craftsmanship. I enjoyed going, and got some really beautiful photos of the ruins. July in Hue is so hot and humid that... More

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Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Having been the focus of a number of major battles, unfortunately not much remains of what once was a spectacular space. A citadel within a citadel within a citadel, the scale of the place is awesome, but difficult to understand from the ruins. There are some surviving structures, and some rebuilding but it is difficult to comprehend. You need a... More

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Saltburn-by-the-Sea, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

The imperial city was impressive at first but it the tour seemed very repetitive as everything looked similar within the city walls, although the history behind it is very interesting. It was also ridiculously hot and difficult to concentrate on your surroundings and appreciate it.

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Brisbane, Australia
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

While there isn't many buildings left standing within the city due to the war the buildings that are left standing and are being restored are beautiful and breath taking. Walking around the area you can see where the buildings would have stood and how the palace would have looked. I would highly recommend a guide as there are very few... More

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