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The main reason for visiting Hue is its status as a former capital of Vietnam from 1802 to 1945 during the reign of the Nguyen dynastic emperors. UNESCO declared it as a world heritage site in 1993. We had a day tour and covered the three historic sites. Some of the buildings were in disrepair which is a shame. UNESCO and other NGOs are funding the restoration of the sites. It is striking that ancient Chinese customs and cultures heavily influenced the Imperial Hierarchy.

We found the visits very interesting. It is worth a visit.

Thank modernwiz
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A good historic site . Requires a bit of walking . The electric bus can be pre booked beforehand and is recommended.

Thank MuditaAshteadUK
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A Trip to Hue is incomplete without visiting the Imperial City along with its Tombs
We were here on a day visit and did not have a lot of time at our hand yet we ensured that imperial city was the first place we covered
We took a cyclo tour of it for 2lkahs vnd and then we walked for around a couple of hours to explore the city from.within

Thank Vipul556
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Interesting,vast place. Amazing to imagine it all in its prime. I am glad it is being restored.
Definitely worth a visit

Thank Adeleradice
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Web says tickets available until 5pm. We arrived at 4.45 after being waylaid by a deceitful dragon boat guide who assured us as long as we bought the tickets before 5 we could go in. We were turned away they refused to sell us tickets because we didnt have enough time.......can I just ask If you are not going to sell tickets until 5 pm why are you advertising that you can buy them and go in as long as its before 5. After talking to a few people maybe its just they don't want to hang around and wait for people? If the attraction closes at 5.30 and you arent going to sell tickets unless people have 2 hours to visit the ticket booth should be advertised as no more entry after that time not the actual time which is clearly stated as 5pm everywhere and to all local knowledge. Not good enough. The citadel was the main reason we came to Hue and after first being detoured by a dragon boat that clearly gave us the wrong information and then not being able to enter at all our holiday to hue is ruined. We are only here one day and come back tomorrow is not an acceptable response when you claim to be open until 5. Is this common practice? Or did we just get a lazy staff member? Either way I expect an explanation!

Thank paigem406
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is one of the main reasons to visit Hue & I was disappointed as the place has still to regain its previous splendour from its prime time
It’s obvious why - it was battered in 1968 from the USA and earlier in 1947
They have done a great job restoring what they can to it’s past but it’s a massive & obviously very expensive job
The gardens are fantastic & it was great to see some of the photos of 1968 & the restored buildings but it would be better to see these by each building & not at the front as it means so little
It’s definitely still worth a trip but just don’t expect a Citadel in full repair

Thank 558DavidF
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Huge complex with lots to see and take photos of. A definite must see in Huê.
Plenty of places to buy drinks, souvenirs and use the toilet.
Could probably spend most of a day there but we were just there a few hours which was fine for us.
Some restoration being done at the moment but not intrusive.
We were with a guide so got information from him. Not sure if there was a lot around to read yourself but you could probably get a guide book from the complex.

Thank Eurochic28
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It is huge. Many historical photographs to view. Those familiar with the Tet Offensive during the Vietnam war will find the history during this period exceptional of interest. If traveling with a tourist group your trip leader will give history and tour. If traveling without tour group I strongly suggest a guide.

Thank georgerY311YI
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We had been there on an incredibly popular day. take an umbrella in case you've one, helps maintain you cooler than simply a hat. Directly in the city so it is not hard to walk to. Fascinating, we did find a guide and wish we'd thought. It was interesting and huge to look at, though we did not appreciate what we had been seeing. Elephant rides there. Felt sorry for elephants.

Thank Safari795256
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Not as impressive as many other Ancient or UNESCO sites.
Probably a good portion was destroyed in war

Thank Bharat P
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