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Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)

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Address: Hue, Vietnam
Description: This former site of the old capitol has a moat and ten ornate gates...
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.
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Visited the Citadel for about 1½ hours and we enjoyed this visit very much. A lot has been destroyed, watch the video to see how they are going to rebuild this Imperial City. It... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Doetinchem, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Visited the Citadel for about 1½ hours and we enjoyed this visit very much. A lot has been destroyed, watch the video to see how they are going to rebuild this Imperial City. It is nice to see a mixture of old and new but to both applies: look at all the beautiful details...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

It was a 40 degree day when we visited so extremely hot in the walled citadel. Interesting buildings. Some of the gardens take a bit of seeking out but they are well worth it as a packed full of beautiful bonsai trees, ponds and tropical plants. Lovely little cafe in one garden for a bit of shelter from the sun.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

The Imperial Citadel was the only landmark of Hue that we managed to visit in the limited time we had. We got in at about 5pm, some time before dusk, and we stayed on until about 630pm where it was getting way too dark. Visiting at dusk however meant that we pretty much had the whole place to ourselves. Plan... More 

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Chennai, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

This place is a must visit while you are in Hue. One should go to this place with substantial time, preferably around 3 hours, in order to have a good look at this place. Having a guide here makes sense. One should not miss out on the galleries located on the left side of the citadel as you enter.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

This is a must to visit when in Hue- our guide took us to the site where we were steeped in the history of a very rich past. The architecture, the gardens and the restoration are all very impressive. My husband had been to the Forbidden City and it did strike him as well that there was a distinct resemblance... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Everyone who visits Hué must visit the Citadel which is without doubt the main reason to include the city in any itinerary of Vietnam. Sprawling overall large area the Citadel was subject to heavy fighting during the American war. Despite the damage sustained it is well worth visiting to see the remains of a time long past. Keep at least... More 

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Orange, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

I went to the Citadel not knowing what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. There is an entry fee of around six dollars US which is not overly expensive and this entry charge goes towards the rebuilding of this amazing area. We did not have a tour guide but listened in to larger groups as we made our way around... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

The Royal colours, the architecture and the history is wonderful. The place is well restored and the gardens are well cared for. The replica gives you a concise knowledge of the layout. The video is nice touch for travellers to understand the past of the citadel.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Took a half-day tour arranged through the hotel. We had a driver, vehicle and personal guide; John. The trip from the resort at Lang Co to Hue took almost 2-hours. The main highway is undergoing expansion works so expect slow moving traffic and lots of lorries. We arrived at Hue a little after 10am and the city is not as... More 

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Vietnam has several old citadels: Thang Long in Hanoi, Hoa Lu in Ninh Binh, Co Loa near Hanoi. Most of them were damage by the war and time. Hue imperial citadel is the only one left that kept almost the same. It still have some important palaces and gates such as Thai Hoa Palace, Dien Tho Palace, Truong Sang Palace,... More 

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