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Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)

Hue, Vietnam
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Ranked #5 of 34 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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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Amazing price of history and beautiful buildings and architecture. As you wander around the Citadel you keep discovering more parts and more history! Make sure you have a big breakfast, as you could easily spend 2 or more hours here.

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Long Beach, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

this place has so much history tied to it especially if you are from America great and historic battle were there

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St. Ives, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The Citadel is big!! To get the most out of this historic site I would say you need to devote half a day at least. There is so much information available regarding the history of this site located on boards all around the site, failing that, position yourself within ear shot of on of the many tour guides. The whole... More

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We were reluctant to visit Hue on our very short tour of Vietnam, but are very glad we did. The Citadel (even in the rain), was evidence of a former life. Sure the ruins are ruins, but with the information in the museum areas and a bit of imagination, this place would have been magical.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

A surprising treat just north of the perfume river. The citadel and palace were constructed in the 19th century and was the residence for the last emperor. Much of the original palace and grounds were destroyed by the last 2 wars with the French and Americans. However there are still some original features. The grounds are huge and you can... More

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

It's been a such nice place I've been in Vietnam. It's very large, fresh, quite and bring Asia architecture. If you've Beijing, China you can image Hue citadel is a little bit similar from outside but it's very interesting really inside, so much different. You're keen on taking photos do not hesitate to come there right now. You won't be... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

A little bit sad not having a lot of boards to explain every area. Wonderfull place mostly destroyed but still amazing to visit for history lovers

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

...it was complete. With destruction of such magnitude by both the French and the Americans you only see the skeleton of what must have been a real gem of a place. You can still enjoy what is left but you leave with a sense of disappointment.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

Once you have seen the Beijing imperial city and forbidden city you think that one build in the 19th century and destroyed in the Vietnam war, will be a disappointment, but to my surprise it was not I liked the standing parts, the reconstructed parts and some of the reminders of how war can destroy such an amazing piece of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We visited the citadel and it was really interesting to walk around. There is loads to look at and explore. We spent about 2 hours here. You could probably spend more if you wanted.

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