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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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Penang Island, Malaysia
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109 reviews 109 reviews
22 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
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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44 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
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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182 reviews 182 reviews
27 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
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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Sydney
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Miami Beach, Florida
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12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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69 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
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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7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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cornwall, england
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110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

A must if coming to Hue - it's what it's famous for. Cost is just over £3 and expect to spend 2-3 hours at least here. Much of the original site was destroyed during the French and US wars which is a tragedy, but there is still lots to see and learn and there is a considerable reconstruction and preservation... More

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Pretoria
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74 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Don't be fooled by the streets lined by trees. The sun will eat you alive. Great for visiting the Purple City and other sights in Hue. Beware of shenanigans trying to 'show' you the way.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Site had a sense of grandeur about it, particularly liked the gardens. A lot of temple and religious content, but that's the way they lived. Some areas damaged by war and nature are being rebuilt so will be replicas, but based on what is done already it would be near impossible to tell. A good standard of renovation

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