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Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)

Hue, Vietnam
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Hue City Sightseeing Including Imperial City...
80%
Ranked #3 of 34 Attractions in Hue
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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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.
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Wellington, New Zealand
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38 reviews 38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Nice grounds but many things undergoing reconstruction. Still worth visiting and wandering around for the day or afternoon. Easily accessed as it is at the center of the city

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Hue, Nghe An, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Give yourself few hours to explore, the site is pretty big. Personal highlights were the bonsai gardens north of the north-eastern gate. The information about the site's geomancy was interesting too.

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London
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

This place is enormous! We tried to make sense of it on our own and did get some great insights but found it difficult to get an overall impression. Directions around the site not clear. Go with a guide if possible. We should have done that.

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

The atmosphere alone will take you back centuries and I was amazed at the architecture of that time.

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Portland, Oregon
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29 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

I was pleasantly surprised at how much has been restored! My expectations from tour books and TV shows had been that the war destroyed most everything to rubble. Not true. While not all building are restored, many are. Gives you a perspective to how things looked and felt and how big the place was. I recommend a visit to Hue... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

The entrance was shrouded with tarps and frames, as it is being repaired. Hue was the imperial capital of Vietnam from 1802-1945, when the last emperor abdicated the throne. There are many significant pagodas and temples, as well as the grand tombs of the Nguyen Emperors. Topiary in the gardens is lovely, as are some of the intricate mouldings on... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

The citadel is interesting, yet most of it is gone/wrecked. Imagination is key here. It might be handy to ask for a guide, as most signs are not very long. It also takes rather long, so plan enough time to visit the entire thing.

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

Big and bold, the Purple Forbidden City looks impressive from the outside, but once inside the promise fades. Still worth a visit though. Make sure that you take a cyclo around the OUTSIDE of the City and that they can speak English. We got a guy who witnessed the war as a kid and it was fascinating hearing his stories.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

Very interesting and good exercise, take a good guide book/guide if you are interested in history and Vietnam and this is a great way to spend a day.

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Otley West Yorkshire
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is a vast attraction to visit. They are trying to make good damage done during two conflicts and various civil unrest, it's a Huge task. What is there is worth visiting and with the size of the place and different walks along canals and lakes you could be here for best part of the day. Will be fantastic if... More

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