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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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Interesting and tranquil. We spent 6 hours there on a pretty warm 'winter' day. Did our own tour using guide book for details and this worked pretty well. No food at the one cafe... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

Interesting and tranquil. We spent 6 hours there on a pretty warm 'winter' day. Did our own tour using guide book for details and this worked pretty well. No food at the one cafe open and we hadn't come prepared with lunch.

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Sittingbourne kent
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

parts of it are being renovated but its still a good place to visit i could have done it part of a tour but prefere to meander at my own speed and enjoyed the history.

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cork
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

well worth a visit but take time and be prepared for lots of walking.lots of the original buildings have been destroyed during the war but restoration is ongoing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

We all really enjoyed visiting the city and learning all about the history from our guide. The city is in ruins due to natural disasters and war, however what remains is truly amazing to see. However I believe that the experience would have been a lot less rewarding without a guide to give you lots of interesting information about the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

I was only in Hue for a day so thought I'd visit the Imperial Citadel as the main tourist attraction. It was remarkably empty so no problems getting to see all the bits that you want. The architecture is interesting and there are small exhibitions explaining aspects of imperial life. However, I did not use a tour guide and therefore... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

The citadel is truely impressive. If you're a history fun you would enjoying reading the descriptions of imperial life in the main building left in forbidden city and extensive reproduction of royal document... it is more about experiencing the feeling of peacefulness and imagination. Please do not miss the coffe right after the south exit.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

For some reason the day we went, the imperial city was EMPTY! There is not a single person in any of the pictures we took. We loved strolling through this empty city and feeling as if time stood still.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

It is extensive, with walls 21 metres thick (did I really get that right?) and so many buildings. Fascinating. It is being restored, having been devastated by French and American warfare. It will be truly amazing when completely restored.

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Kyoto, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

A great place to wander. Bullet holes are still visible everywhere, so one's imagination can also wander back to times gone by.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Probably best as part of a tour to fully appreciate the history - however even without its a very peaceful place away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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