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Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)

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Address: Hue, Vietnam
Phone Number: 0905731537
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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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Impressive buildings

Tranquil gardens to wander round and many impressive buildings. You really need to be accompanied by a guide to fully understand the history of the place.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Halifax, United Kingdom

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Melb, Australia
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is simply not to be missed! I was in awe of the Forbidden City in Beijing and it would be foolish to compare the two but I was enchanted by the Imperial City.in Hue and could have spent a whole day there.I hope any future restoration does not detract from its charm which it owes in part to its... More 

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The West
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63 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A must see place in Hue. As others have said, go on your own and skip the guide. Plan to spend a few hours exploring the entire complex. Oh, those Americans... Such shame they should feel for all the bombs here a d in Laos.

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Thank FriedaWest
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The citadel is imposing with its walls and moat. Moving through the main gate you see the main hall, from there many out buildings beautifully decorated. Well worth a visit.

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Thank James M
Halifax, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Tranquil gardens to wander round and many impressive buildings. You really need to be accompanied by a guide to fully understand the history of the place.

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Thank Betsysmudge
Vancouver, Canada
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This beautiful to walk through and was nice to meander through such rich history. There were many parts that were re built but also many parts that weren't. Quite interesting to see. I would recommend bringing some snacks and water if you get hungry. Food is quite expensive inside. Also, do some readings and research as there aren't many signs... More 

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Thank lfolks
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Interesting to see some of the history of the imperial city. Good video as you enter that explains the different sections of the grounds. The site was damaged during the American war and not all of the structures have been refurbished. It is also hard to get a sense of what it was like when the Emperor lived there since... More 

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Stafford
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Too many people visit the Imperial City being towed around by a guide and despite the historical briefings they do not get to see as much as they could. Before visiting and whilst you are there, read your guidebook and walk slowly amongst the buildings and marvel in their architecture and design. Take your time to enjoy this wonderful piece... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The Citadel continues to undergo restoration and is still "the" sight to see when in Hue. But having visited several times already, I was especially delighted to visit during the Tet holidays. Although painfully mindful of the past history of another such holiday many years ago the temperate weather, the beautiful flowers, the dragon dancers and drummers, and the throngs... More 

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The Imperial Citadel is just a shadow of its former self after being bombed during the Vietnamese war. What remains is full of interest and intrigue. Our guide had plenty of stories about the Emperor's lifestyle which were amazing even into the 20th century!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Citadel is mostly ruins with some surrounding buildings still standing. You need a bit of imagination to imagine what is used to look like. Not much going on in Hue and this is part of most tours, not sure I would recommend it!

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