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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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Impressive in spite of American war devastation

The big citadel with the surrounding walls is very impressive. Many of the building were destroyed during the American war, on other building you can still find the bullet holes... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Ramat Gan, Israel
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Ramat Gan, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

The big citadel with the surrounding walls is very impressive. Many of the building were destroyed during the American war, on other building you can still find the bullet holes. Great work of restorartion has started and there is a very long way to continue. You can easily see the splendour and the remains of very decicate and rich decorations... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Wow! We weren't expecting quite such an impressive scene. It was very quiet when we went thankfully. A rival to Beijings Forbidden City but on a smaller scale. Arrived by rickshaw with our guide. Great fun. A must in Hue.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Very interesting visit, took a guide, not only did we learn a lot about the imperial city, he was able to answer many questions about Vietnam in general. Such a shame so much of the city was lost to French bombing but hopefully they continue with their restoration work.

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Whitehorse, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

This is a very large compound and many of the original buildings were destroyed. You can still see bullet holes in some of the walls. Some parts have been beautifully restored, some gates are old and lovely. Some almost looked like paintings. Worth a visit-recommend researching the history before hand

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Though much of the buildings have been rebuilt since the 'American War' destroyed a lot of the Citadel the original buildings are extra ordinary and the restoration on the others has been sympathetically carried out. It wasn't too busy when we went so was a comfortable and informative trip.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

It is OK but not as great as in Bagan in Myanmar or the statues in Anchor. No comparison. I was a bit disappointed

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

it's a large place and it would help if you had a guide book in hand. large parts of it are being restored but its a must-see in Hue

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

The first time I come to the Hue Imperial City.Everything is good but not cheap.I take a lot of photos.It is very interesting

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Reston, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

This is such a worthwhile place to visit - you can feel the history. We spend well over an hour here - and could have stayed longer. Its a glimpse into the past and you can easily imagine the royal family, soldiers, horses and elephants walking down the streets. Don't miss this if you are in Hue.

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

The Citadel, and the tombs of its Emperors, are about the oldest and best preserved history you will find in Vietnam. Only finished in 1833 and unoccupied since the last Emperor resigned in 1945 it is still largely demolished due to the USA's sterling efforts to flatten it in 1968. The introductory video is pretty basic and the information around... More 

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