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“Citadel” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Nine Dynastic Urns

Nine Dynastic Urns
near the The To Mieu Temple | inside the Imperial Enclosure, Hue, Vietnam
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Ranked #13 of 33 Attractions in Hue
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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“Citadel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

I think that every corner of the Citadel is interesting but I'm not sure if every one deserves a review and detailed mentions. This uurns are nice but I guess that everything that I saw there is also fantastic (the museum is so so).
It's a must see in Hue. Even if you don't have time to enroll a tour and check the tombs, you have to go to the Citadel. It's amazing.

Visited July 2013
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“These babies survived the Tet Offensive!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

These Urns are beautiful and worth a look. they get even better when you recognize that they are one of the few parts of the Citidel that wasn't destroyed during the Tet offensive of Vietnamese War for Independence. Ancient Urns 1 : NVA and American Weapons 0

Visited April 2013
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“Part of my tour`”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

To think this was built before Australia was ettled was pretty cool. Also make sure you go to the agricultural museum next to the bridge - the old lady there is a hoot.

Visited July 2013
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“AWESOME part of history!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

One of the Citadel's highlights. If you don't know much about Vietnamese history, you would do well to hire a personal guide. Books are okay, but the personal perspective from someone whose relatives may have died here (or were killed by the VC) during Tet is irreplaceable. A question to ask: There are nine dynastic urns, but eleven Vietnamese dynasties. Why?

Also examine the urns for shrapnel fragments. Some are more damaged that others. Which ones and why? Look past the adjacent wall for evidence of intense fighting during 1968. Absolutely incredible reminder of what happened here during the Tet Offensive.

Visited May 2013
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“Wow!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

Although one can find shrapnel 'wounds' on some urns - they are in fantastic shape. I'm told they were too heavy for the French to plunder and take away.
There are no signs to lead you to these urns; it's potluck to find them. And when you do you know the visit to the Citadel was worthwhile.

Visited March 2013
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