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Phan Dinh Phung Street, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Plenty to see from exhibition of finds to paintings. Well worth visiting when in Hanoi. Good clean toilets even though there are no doors. Plenty of photo opportunities.

Thank Departure817640
Reviewed September 16, 2018

This used to be the heart of Hanoi's forbidden city during the imperial days. It became the seat of the French colonial rulers and eventually became the communist party's command center during the Vietnam war. It is a nice place with a mix of old...More

Thank RodneyMFB
Reviewed May 20, 2018

Reminder, the Citadel is closed on Mondays. Other days the gates are open. I had to return on Tuesday to visit the Citadel.

Thank telcom3
Reviewed April 12, 2018

worth a stop, its interesting and you can still see the cannon marks in the supports, so it reflects lots of local history a flavor, should be part of city tour stop. Yes its alo very big!

Thank JLM3080
Reviewed April 8, 2018 via mobile

This is a nice area in Hanoi but not sure the price is worth it. Big open areas with som wold buildings and not a lot else to see. Not one of my standouts.

Thank Jeff L
Reviewed April 7, 2018

We almost missed this one, but with an hour or so to spare on our last morning in Hanoi, we decided to go to the Old Citadel. It was a much longer walk from the Old Quarter than we expected (and we took a taxi...More

Thank KMc-NM
Reviewed March 17, 2018 via mobile

A must see if you are on the north side of town. Be sure to read the plaque about the history of the gate. It is just huge and certainly means business.

Thank IndySig
Reviewed February 4, 2018

The central old citadel of Hanoi was the former residence of Vietnamese monarchs dating back to Dai Ai Viet, when the city was known as Thang Long.

Thank Mehul_Kirit_Shah
Reviewed November 25, 2017

Quite an interesting structure and area which is undergoing archaeological excavations currently. Interesting that this was Vietnam’s royal citadel before it was moved to Hue. The more recent underground bunkers were very interesting. Enjoy.

Thank David B L
Reviewed September 29, 2017

A good insight into the scale and sophistication of Vietnamese culture and history, there is still a lot of excavation going on but the visitor can get a very good and clear appreciation of the site and the history.

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yes..... we did it all with ourselves