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“Worth a visit” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)

Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)
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Ranked #4 of 98 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.
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“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2013

We visited The Citadel as part of a cycle tour around Hue. It was a beautiful day for walking around and our guide provided enough information for us to gain an understanding of what life was like for the Emperors. Definitely worth a visit

Visited September 2013
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“A Must in Vietnam”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2013

The Citadel is a must when visiting Vietnam, specially if you would like to understand the history of the country. We had an exceptional young guide for our tour who was extremely knowledgeable and explained everything in detail. The grounds were well looked after and very clean and the flowers exquisite. Definitely a highlight of our tour of Vietnam.

Visited March 2013
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“An elegant complex!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2013 via mobile

Hue Citadel is a vast and elegant complex. You will need more than 3 hours to explore the sight. At the heart of the complex is the Imperial City. Imperial City is the best part of Hue Citadel. Extensive restoration work has undergone which gave us an idea of this former glory.

Visited September 2013
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“An expensive building site to visit”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2013

Me and my partner decided to go to Hue after hearing about how romantic it was. We got there and the citadel was covered in scaffolding and building work, I couldn't believe they were charging people to get in still! It took us ages to find anything, we were told a show was on in the royal theater at half 3 so we rushed to find it only to see people rehearsing a show instead. There were a few nice parts that weren't being demolished or rebuilt but if your going to visit I recommend hiring a guide.

Unfortunately the citadel is in bad shape from the terrorist attack in the 60s, although parts of it are still pretty. I just wish we had been told most of it was under scaffolding before we went in, but instead we were just charged normal price. It's just a huge tourist attraction, which I tried to stay away from during my visit to Vietnam and had much more enjoyment visiting the tombs in Hue instead. Now they were beautiful to walk around.

What annoyed me was no one said we couldn't get out the way we came in after 5pm. This place is huge and there are only 4 ways in so we had to walk far just to try and get out.

The citadel is somewhere to visit once, I would not go there again.

Visited September 2013
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“A MUST See”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2013

If you are going to Vietnam, I think you have to see The Citadel to appreciate the history of the country

Visited July 2013
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