Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)

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Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)

Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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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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GRtravelling
Seattle223 contributions
Great discovery
Apr 2021
A great location to spend time in and wander back into the past.
Grounds are very big and the further you get back the more the discoveries.
Would recommend - choose a cool day to visit !
Written April 30, 2021
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JWeiden
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam141 contributions
A must see for any visitor to Hue
Apr 2021
The Citadel is a must-see on a first visit to Hue. Although just a small number of buildings have been restored, work appears to be underway on several more. I wish there was a way they could do more to re-create the interiors (assuming the original furnishings are no longer available) to give visitors a sense of what life was like.
Written April 23, 2021
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JSTrip_77
Hanoi, Vietnam1,045 contributions
A Must-See UNESCO Site
Feb 2021
UNESCO included the Hue Imperial Citadel on it's list of world heritage sites in 1993 and it is very deserving of that. Even as it's being carefully restored in the wake of extensive damage during the Vietnam War, it's incredibly impressive for its history and beauty. And on a more personal note, it was so nice to see so many young Vietnamese taking so much interest in their history. The place is absolutely sprawling so leave yourself enough time to get what you want - a drive-by or a quick-peek at the citadel just really isn't a thing. And, go by at night too. The city lights up the flag tower and the one of the palaces over the main gate in a way that is just stunning.

This is really a must - see.
Written February 28, 2021
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JayRae1
Glasgow, UK1,543 contributions
Definitely worth a visit if you are staying in Hue
Feb 2020
My wife and I had booked at 17-day trip through Vietnam and Cambodia with G-Adventures and the town of Hue was our third location visited. Although our G-Adventures guide was excellent, local guides were provided at every stop on our tour, including Hue. I’d recommend having a guide if you want to get the best from your Imperial Citadel experience as, otherwise, you would be left wandering around blindly trying to find all the relevant history for yourself.

The tour was excellent and very interesting, and the most impressive place to visit near Hue, though I don’t think it merits the five-star reviews that some have given it. Each to his/her own I suppose, and that’s the beauty of travelling, in that we all see things from different perspectives. As I said though, definitely look to go with a guide or, at the very least, rent one of the portable audio guides.
Written January 4, 2021
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,613 contributions
The magic Vietnam's Imperial Citadel!
Jan 2020
You are in Huê! The city chosen by Emperor Gia Long, in 1789, to be the very first Imperial capital of the newly unified Vietnam. On the Northern banks of "Sông Huong" - the "Perfume River" - he started, in 1802, the construction of his walled citadel, with a ringing moat and two meter thick ramparts. Visit the citadel, its gates, palaces, outer and inner courts, pavilions, residences, temples, ponds and gardens. And do not miss its innermost enclosure - the "Forbidden Purple City" - an area once restricted to the Imperial Family and closest attendants only. At its "Duyet Thi Duong", the beautifully restored "Royal Theater", performances of traditional music and dances. Check performances' schedules, as they are very interesting and a unique chance to attend a show by the "Hue Royal Palace Arts Troupe". The "Royal Citadel" was pretty much damaged during the Vietnam War and from its 160 buildings, only a dozen survived. It is a shaddow of what it once was, but still beautiful and deserving a visit by all those traveling in and around Huê, a Unesco appointed, in 1993, "World Heritage Site"! Enjoy!
Written November 22, 2020
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Karolina S
Sheffield, UK13 contributions
A must do!
Mar 2020
AMAZING!! If there is only one thing you'll do while visiting Hue let this be it! So much beauty and history. The grounds are massive and the gardens so lush. You could spend all day here and not get bored. I was extremely impressed with how well the preserved the place. The one thing that put me down was the amount of rubbish. It's very disrespectful. But apart from that it was absolutely fantastic, a great day in Hue.
Written October 6, 2020
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Dara-Khmer
Melbourne, Australia3,747 contributions
Brilliant
Sep 2020 • Couples
We'd been years earlier but perhaps it was the lack of crowds, but this was a great visit and totally worth the time
Written September 23, 2020
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hoasonghy
Hoi An, Vietnam23 contributions
Beautiful but....
Jul 2020 • Family
The whole experience was great. Super impressive with the buildings and history. However, the amount of rubbish we saw around the palace was very disappointing. Some places looked liked they haven't been cleaned for months. The management team should take care of this attraction better...
Written July 29, 2020
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Alex B
London, UK381 contributions
Average
Jul 2020 • Couples
I travelled all the way from Hoi An to see the imperial city and it was quite underwhelming. I really thought it was going to be a lot better than what it was.

Don’t get wrong, it’s really nice to walk around, very peaceful, quiet and some really nice architecture to look at. But aside from that, it’s very average.

Luckily it doesn’t cost much to go in. It’s worth a visit for a nice walk, but I wouldn’t travel just to see it.
Written July 15, 2020
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Becky1979
Hull, UK179 contributions
Quaint and quiet
Jul 2020 • Family
We visited the Citadel with a 3 year old and 7 year old. We took advice from previous recommendations and took the audio guide and like others were pleased we did as we would not have known what we were looking at, as the map given did not appear to direct us correctly.
It was incredibly hot and our youngest struggled to remain interested. Both however enjoyed the extensive ground and freedom to roam around the grounds.
Unfortunately due to low visitor numbers the Art activities which would have captivated the children were not available.
Would recommend to the onsite gift shop located near the exit as it had great range of traditional Vietnamese souvenirs at reasonable prices.
Written July 9, 2020
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