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Address: 23 Tong Duy Tan | Imperial City, Hue, Vietnam
Description: Charred remains of the royal family’s inner sanctum occupy this area...
Charred remains of the royal family’s inner sanctum occupy this area within the Citadel. It is partially rebuilt with plans for future restoration.
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Trip of historical value is a must to everyones

We was there in the beginning of the June, the weather was quite hot and humid. It is not to say how beautiful the citadel is, but the historical value of it is truly existing in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is a great place to explore, but there's nowhere to stop into with air conditioning once you've paid the entrance fee, meaning its best in the morning or later afternoon when it's not sweltering. Also if you want a guide, which is probably wise to get the full history, go in the morning because they go home before lunch.... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Inside the Imperial city -- there are some interesting things to see and TONS of history to read about while you're there. Some of the buildings are still well maintained, but other areas are entirely destroyed from the war such that all that can be said is "there used to be a building here". Definitely worth a visit as part... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

We was there in the beginning of the June, the weather was quite hot and humid. It is not to say how beautiful the citadel is, but the historical value of it is truly existing in contemporary time. The complex of forbidden city was almostly destroyed through the colonial french war and American war. Thus it is nothing to visit... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Go. The Imperial city is still, despite extensive damage from the war, an amazing area. Some sections have been restored and it is still being worked on, so more will be available each time. The city is large and twisty, so use a guide or acquire a good plan/map. It is worthwhile watching the video presentation (there are good english... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

It was nice exploring the forbidden purple city of once-a-mighty-empire. I expected it to be a little bit more grand so I was just a bit disappointed with the place. However if you are near Hue and have time, you should still drop by to take a look at this ancient palace of Nguyen empire which rule Vietnam for a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

As the title of my review says, it is part of the Citadel, inside the 3rd fortified walls, built for the wives and concubines of the emperor. The history is that only the emperor and his eunuchs can enter this part. Nice architecture. The buildings/monuments are slowly being renovated. When you visit the Citadel, you are bound to see it.... More 

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Rockhampton, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

The size of the place is enormous and again what you see really depends on your schedule. We had a great look around and all the key sites and it is great to see money is being channelled back to do the upkeep.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

A lovely area to stroll around and photograph, this area is huge so you will need a few hours to stroll around and take it all in.

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

We were told by the hotel concierge that one hour would be sufficient for our visit. How wrong was he! We spent the best part of five hours leisurely walking around the site. My advice would be to take your time in the heat and take time to sit down in some of the beautiful shady spots to take in... More 

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We visited one afternoon in May this historic site. home to the imperial family as recently as the early 20th Century which was largely ruined during the Vietnam war. There is a lot to see here so set aside a good morning or afternoon schedule to get the most out of it. Although we didn't do our research and learned... More 

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Address: 23 Tong Duy Tan | Imperial City, Hue, Vietnam
Location: Asia  >  Vietnam  >  Thua Thien - Hue Province  >  Hue

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