Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)

Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)

Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)
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8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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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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  • L Tran
    New York City, New York155 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Place to see in Huế.
    This UNESCO World Heritage site is a must see when one visits Huế for the first time, and for me, more than once. Though many buildings were destroyed, there are still quite many things to see. Highly recommended.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written April 22, 2023
  • Andrew Y
    Singapore, Singapore4,742 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Abandoned palace
    Before I visited the Citadel I watched all the youtube videos about the American fighting in Hue and the Citadel and learnt that much of the buildings were destroyed. While it is an amazing experience to walk in the Citadel, the experience was somewhat superficial as there is little understanding of what life was like when it was operating as a palace during its imperial days. My visit was just over 4 hours. I took a guided tour which told me most of the things that I have already read from the internet. I rewalked from the entrance again. Most of the major buildings were being constructed and it is expected to take a few years so the experience is likely to be muted for a while.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 6, 2023
  • Sol
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Lavish Experience You Won't Soon Forget
    From the moment you step through the gates, you'll be overwhelmed by the lavishness of the Citadel. The intricate architecture and colorful decorations make it a sight to behold and will leave you feeling like royalty. The Imperial City also offers a variety of activities to keep you entertained, from exploring the many palaces to shopping in the bustling markets. With so much to do and see, you won't soon forget your visit to this regal city.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 19, 2023
  • L N
    Bristol, United Kingdom337 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting (though not attractive to my eyes)
    Unmissable part of Vietnamese history. They’ve done a lot of restoration since other half’s visit 20 years ago. He assured me that there were only bomb craters and it would only take 5 minutes, but fortunately he was completely wrong! Lots to see, from the bullet holes to the Empress Dowager’s quarters. It was atmospheric with all the Vietnamese decked out in traditional costume for the special 5-day Bank Holiday.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 28, 2023
  • Biffro
    London, United Kingdom1,165 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unmissable
    We got here early as it gets really hot here during the day, and even at 9am we were sweltering. This site is incredible, and at every turn there is an amazing historical building to look at, the most beautiful gardens and pretty bridges and waterways. It was sad to see that some of the buildings were in dire need of repair, and renovations are very necessary, but you can see that work is in progress with some areas - the site is huge and you will need at least 2-3 hours to walk around this beautiful place. An unmissable attraction when in Hue and well worth coming to see.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 1, 2023
  • Mcnish
    Edmonton, United Kingdom5 contributions
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    A must visit place for anyone looking to experience the rich culture of the city
    From the elaborate temples to the intricate embroidery, from the impressive fortifications to the elaborate gardens, this is a place that will leave you in awe. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most important cultural sites in Vietnam. The Citadel is a great place to explore and learn about the history of the city. It is also a great place to take in the stunning views of the city and the surrounding countryside. A place to experience the culture and history of Hue.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 4, 2023
  • Chedrey1910
    Atlanta, Georgia182 contributions
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    Larger than expected.
    This turned out to be much larger than I had thought. You could spend a half day to a full day exploring it all. They have golf cart cars you can rent to take you all over. It’s a nice walk though with lots of areas to pop into for shade. I would suggest the audio tour.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 12, 2023
  • charles
    Harrow, United Kingdom6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-see for anyone looking to explore the country's impressive architecture, grand palaces, and vibrant artistry
    From the majestic Citadel, to the grand palaces, to the colourful lanterns, the city is a feast for the eyes. The Citadel is a stunning example of traditional Vietnamese architecture, and its grand palaces are a testament to the country's vibrant artistry. The colourful lanterns that adorn the city's streets add a unique touch of colour and beauty to the city. The city is also home to many vibrant markets, where visitors can find a variety of local goods and souvenirs. The city is a perfect destination for those looking to experience the culture and beauty of Vietnam.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 20, 2023
  • NAI
    Melbourne, Australia4 contributions
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    A must-see attraction for those visiting Hue, Vietnam
    With its elaborate marble carvings, intricate gates, and impressive architecture, it is no wonder that it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the area. The walls of the Citadel are made of brick and stone, and are surrounded by a moat. Inside, visitors will find a complex of palaces, courtyards, and gardens. The architecture of the Citadel is a stunning blend of Chinese, Vietnamese, and French influences, and is sure to impress even the most seasoned traveler. The marble carvings and intricate gates are a testament to the skill of the artisans who created them. Whether you are looking for a unique cultural experience or simply want to marvel at the impressive architecture, Hue Imperial City (The Citadel) is the perfect place to visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 24, 2023
  • Tran Quoc Tuan (Daniel)
    Hanoi, Vietnam107 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nơi yêu thích nhất miền Trung Việt Nam
    The Imperial City of Huế is a walled enclosure within the citadel of the city of Huế, the former imperial capital of Vietnam during the Nguyễn dynasty. It contains the palaces that housed the imperial family, as well as shrines, gardens, and villas for mandarins1. Constructed in 1803 under Emperor Gia Long as a new capital, it mostly served a ceremonial function during the French colonial period. After the end of the monarchy in 1945, it suffered heavy damage and neglect during the Indochina Wars through the 1980s. The Imperial City was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993 
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 29, 2023
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S H
Greater Melbourne, Australia20 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Family
We took a private car & driver here, arranged by our accommodation.
We paid a lot for an English speaking guide on arrival at Citadel in addition to entry, who ended up being the worst guide I’ve ever experienced. (Do the head phones instead) We also had a Vietnamese man and his two young children in our group so she had to speak Vietnamese and English at the same time. The children misbehaved. The father did nothing. The guide also took on a large group of English speaking people halfway through the tour. She had to repeat everything to them. I could not understand her very well, to be frank. She’s been doing this for too long. Her attitude changed once she realised we had had clothes tailored by her cousin in HoiAn. Give the female guide a miss!

Disgusting toilets here & no paper. Overall experience really disappointing at Citadel. Not a lot to see really. Read up on it prior to going. Allow2-3 hours to walk around.
Written February 26, 2020
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silvergeck0
Hervey Bay, Australia116 contributions
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Mar 2020 • Couples
What a magnificent treasure Vietnam has with this immense complex. We explored it for 31/2 hours and really only scrapped the surface. Perhaps a pass that lasts for a few days would enable people to come back a couple of times to really appreciate this important piece of history. Thanks so much for the audio guides. Though the ladies giving them out were more interested in their mobile phones than helping their customers!
The architecture is amazing, we sincerely appreciate the imagination and skill that went into building these temples.
We would like to recommend that some of the plastic rubbish lying around be recycled into benches for people to sit on in the shade?
Visitors to Vietnam please do your research and respect their cultures etiquette of covered knees and shoulders and to remove shoes when entering “solemn” places.
Thankfully we had done our research, I carry a little pashmina or jacket and our trousers have zips to make them long or short as required. (Girls - Wrap around skirts are useful too.) I say this because unfortunately our visit was marred by witnessing rude, unprofessional staff saying with VERY angry tone and aggressive body language; “cover, cover” or “no shoes, no shoes”.
We appreciate the Guards (who would have been hot too) must get frustrated when visitors don’t do the right thing however simply saying ”please remove shoes before entering” is not difficult to say to guests who have paid to come in.

The gardens are clearly a work in progress so we would love to come back in a few years to see how they are flourishing.
Written March 11, 2020
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Becky1979
Hull, UK195 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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ChicoRanMan
Chico, CA1,210 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
This is an impressive 500m x 600m walled citadel that made up the Imperial City where for about 150 years the emperors of Vietnam resided.

Ongoing renovations are improving the experience. Those buildings and gardens that have been renovated are beautiful.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate for entry into the Imperial City alone or multiple sites that include emperors’ tombs.
Written January 13, 2020
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Guy T
London, UK683 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples

Absolutely beautiful. We bought our ticket as a combo with two of the tombs. It was more expensive than what we had paid for other sites in Vietnam but it is the old city and it is beautiful. Do not underestimate how big it is though you can walk for ages. We spent about 2 hours at the old city wandering around and taking lots of photos. You can hire a guide but we went around on our own and there’s plenty of information explaining exactly what each room/ site was and the importance of it. There’s a few food and drink kiosks around the site slightly more expensive but you are in a tourist site. Its a must do whilst in Hue but it is big and it can get a little repetitive with the buildings looking similar so grab a map of the site, set a route and enjoy.
Written March 11, 2020
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TMOH8
Guildford, UK2,151 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
No visit to Hue is complete without a visit to the Imperial City.

The compound and it's history is fascinating but it's the architecture that is really memorable.

Visiting the Imperial City in the morning will put later visits to tombs into context but I would also recommend returning once it's gone dark as it's really well lit and very peaceful compared to the city centre.
Written February 15, 2020
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Marie K
Gothenburg, Sweden53 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
It is easy to get lost wandring in the maze-like place, it is a huge area but it can be covered in a few hours to half a day. Some building are well kept/restored, some are not so well kept and some are entirely missing, but nevertheless it is an enchanting place. There are sign posts in some places making it possible to visit on your own, but it will probably be more interesing with a guide. The entrance ticket can be bought in combination with the royal tombs to a discounted price, so if you plan to also visit the tombs, this will save you a few dollars.
Written January 8, 2020
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amanda5805
Duncan, Canada5,054 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Normally I love stuff like this. This was very boring. It also might have had something to do with how long of a travel day we had which included hiking up Marble Mountain then straight to a 6km walk from the hotel to the Imperial Palace. Seemed like most of us felt that way. Our tour leader mentioned out of all of the guides for the imperial palace that he has had over the years she was the best one and he had hand selected her and booked her for all this tour groups. The guide tried to make it interesting but it came across too serious and repeated herself a lot. I think there is some great stuff to see here but if you can go with out a guide I would take that options. We were only in this town one night and missed out on things that were higher on our list. Which we would have skipped this if we knew this is how it was going to be. If you are here for a short period of time and you have other more important things to see see them first before heading here.

In 1993 this Complex was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It includes many things from the Nguyen Dynasty, such as the Citadel, High Noon Gate, tombs, monuments and much more.

Don't forget to cover up your shoulders & knees or you will be denied entry. It also costs 150,000VND (about $8.90CAD). You are to tip the guide for her services. I believe we tipped her 50,000VND ($3CAD) per couple on our tour.
Written May 29, 2020
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julia b
60 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This place has many different aspects of it, not to mention the grounds its self are huge. You could easily spend hours or days wandering around looking. It takes you back to a different time and paints a grandeur picture of the life of a dynasty. We were on a group tour and I felt it went to quick to really look at different artifacts and to admire the details of the carvings. I suggest you do a bit of research and find the things you really want to see, especially if you're on limited time.
Written February 2, 2020
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Smaske1
Storrington, UK610 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Couples
The site of the royal palace after the move south from hanoi. Around 1 square metre of inner courtyard where the king would meet his mandarins and hold court and where his 100 wives and 124 lived. Our guide explained the various rooms and what they were used for, you can also get an audio guide which might have been more easy to understand...
Written February 13, 2020
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