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Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)

Hue, Vietnam
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Ranked #5 of 30 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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Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Still being restored. An interesting visit which will only get better. Incidentally, the you can easily walk around the Citadel itself. Don't be conned into taking a bicycle-rickshaw which, incidentally, is more expensive than an air-conditioned car. Just walk or get a taxi to the real front gate where you buy the tickets and go in.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Hue Citadel covers a huge area and reviews on here double up. The citadel itself is the large fortified central part of Hue surrounded by walls, gates and a moat. Its free to look around and includes cannons and the huge flagpole just inside the walls. To save you a journey - this isn't floodlit at night, much as it... More

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

This was the last sight that we saw on our day trip around the area and regrettably we were so tired by this point that we didn't really get to experience it, in all it's glory. I would suggest starting of with the Citadel. It a real shame that so much of it was ruined but they are slowly restoring... More

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Aiken, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

This is an amazing place. If possible, have a guide. Hopefully you will have a sunny day to see it, and you will not be in a hurry. We recommend buying the Eyewitness Guide to Vietnam.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

This huge and magnificent monument has been designed combining the concepts of Chinese geomancy (the best example is The forbidden city in Beijing) and the military principles of the French architect Sébastien de Vauban. The resulting final set are precious palaces, beautiful temples melted between walls, ramparts and moats, which coexist in total harmony.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW via mobile

A must! This is the old capital. It has a lot of history and should have some reading before visiting or hire a guide. It's a must see with a lot of history.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

We managed to walk the gauntlet of Cyclo drivers at the entrance and avoid their "1hour tour" which would either leave you gasping for breath, rushing or turn into a 3 hour tour with a renegotiated (demanded) price and in which you would have mostly walked, as the cyclos are not actually allowed into all of the sites in the... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Wonderful building. Had to climb the steps to it, but it was worth it for the views. Saw some monks reading.

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

It's worth taking the time to go independently to the Imperial City but take food and drink as there's not much available. There's a lot to see which you won't have the chance to see on a guided tour as they go in and out very quickly. The job of renovation is still ongoing but it's poignant to see the... More

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Built in 1804, the fortress is surrounded by a moat and has extensive buildings and gardens throughout. The citadel faces the Huong River (to the east), has hundreds of rooms and there is still visible damage from the war. Initially, Allied forces were ordered not to shell the complex, but as the ferocity of the Tet Offensive grew, there was... More

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