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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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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

My group members and I visited the Imperial City of Hue during the warmest and most humid hours of the day as we had no other option. Whatever is left of the Citadel was amazing and a lot of perts of the complex was being renovated

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

A really interesting and atmospheric sight. Lots to see and walk around however there is much restoration work to be done. Some whole areas are still ruins. Definitely worth a morning looking round. There is a video explaining the sight so you will have some basic info.

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Asia
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

A great place to visit if you like visiting temples, pagodas, and royalty sites. It's huge. Make sure you take an umbrella with a reflective inner lining to ward off the sun — the heat can be oppressive here all year long.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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54 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

It was quite difficult to imagine how this Imperial City should have looked when it still belonged to the Emperor. It is such a pity that most of the buildings were destroyed during the Vietnam war. Regarding the video that is shown, Unesco hopes to restore most of the buildings to the original splendour. The entrance fee of $6 is... More

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Montreal
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Much of the structures inside the walls of the Citadel and in particular, the Forbidden Purple City, are but rubble. If you're going to visit, you'll need a guide to explain the significance of the various buildings.

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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

This very impressive landmark is not only an excellent reminder of the rich history of Vietnam but also to its consequences of the Vietnam war. A sure visit for everyone.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

To see and hear about the great emperors of Vietnam, where they lived for centuries, and how this ancient city played a part in the VIetnam war, is truly amazing. A must see for any traveller.

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Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed visiting this ancient place and trying to imagine it as it would have been in its original form. The informational video was very interesting and showed recreations of what the Purple City and surrounds looked like in the past. There are displays of old photographs, seals, huge bronze basins, ornate artwork and architecture on the recreated buildings and plenty... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

I loved this place, even if it is a little bit destroyed by war and time, it is still magical to see and to imagine what it was in it hey days. It does give you a good perspective of how life was back then.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

nothing disliked, it is the heart of Hue's tourism. If you missed this place, you missed Hue. Although I came here twice, it is still attractive for me.

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