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Ranked #8 of 83 things to do in Hue
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed July 14, 2013

Definitely worth a visit if you are in Hue. Interesting buildings and history but the signage isn't great so if you are not going with an experienced guide it would be worthwhile to do some reading before your visit.

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Reviewed July 14, 2013

Was very nice to visit despite the heat.... some places still under renovation but you can imagine the splendor

Thank noubecho
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

We were picked up by a man named Xuan on his cyclo, he offered to take us around the citadel and see all of the sites, he waited for us at the different sites and explained what each place was. He was willing to sha his local knowledge and we were able to see a variety of sites during the afternoon, he even took the time to teach us some words and phrases in vietnamese. The citadel is a beautiful place with lots of history, a great way to spend the afternoon. Lots to look at and explore.

1  Thank Olivia W
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

You can't buy tickets on the gate here and we walked the wrong way round to find this out. It was actually nice and peaceful. An hour without scooters beeping horns. We got in and found where we should have started, initially it is nice and impressive, as you walk further down it is all ruins. I didn't realise this. It is nice to see though

Thank liamskennedy
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Reviewed July 10, 2013 via mobile

The Imperial City is, frankly, the reason we chose to come to Hue over Hoi An. The massive complex (the exterior walls run for 10km) was largely flattened during the American War (as they call it here) but the reconstructed buildings, the digital simulation of the full site and the opportunity to let your imagination run wild are altogether worth spending several hours of your way to explore.

The exterior walls on their own are impressive enough. There are several bridges over the moat and into the city, which can be hair-raising if you take them by foot as we did but are very do-able.

Once inside you'll get mobbed by locals on bikes offering to give you tours of the city. We declined them all and made our way to the impressive main gates to the citadel (pointer: it's worth stocking up on water either here or inside, as there isn't that much shelter in many areas of the citadel). The gates are impressive however note that right now (July 2013) they're largely covered by scaffolding. Beyond those gates is a large open area with two ponds (complete, to my wife's delight, with large fish) and open areas on each side. Continuing straight takes you to the Thai Hoa Palace - the most impressive building remaining in the Imperial City. Be sure to sit through the video that runs on the left hand side at the rear of the building, which gives you a good overview of the site.

Beyond the palace, you're largely into reconstructions of other buildings. The two galleries are nice enough, and the theatre is impressive albeit cluttered with modern equipment as it is still in use for performances. We enjoyed a walk around the gardens at the rear of the city, as well as the plant nursery that now sits where the Thai To Mieu temple complex used to be. The Forbidden Purple City was completely destroyed by bombing, but it is worth taking a walk up to the top of the foundations and imagining what used to be there.

Overall we spent around four hours in the city and, if it were not so hot, would likely have spent more.

If you have time, check out the nearby General Museum Complex too - a separate fee but close at hand and worth it.

2  Thank davefleet
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