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Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)

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Address: Hue, Vietnam
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This former site of the old capitol has a moat and ten ornate gates...

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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No tour guide on a rainy day

We only had 24 hrs in Hue and unfortunately it was raining the whole time. We got a taxi there and upon paying our entrance fee, we went to the tour guide office to find it empty... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Kenye-east
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Hue isn't bustling with fun activities so this is an okay place to go if you have nothing else to do and have low expectations. The architecture is quite impressive and the video played in the first main building at the end of the path as you walk in was quite informative and told us what we needed to know.... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Would definitely recommend visiting the Imperial City. There is a lot of restoration being done but there are still some beautiful buildings including the throne room to see. There is quite a lot of information displayed, but we took our lonely planet guide which gave more information about the ruins and history. Beautiful traditional art is also on display.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A must see in Hue, make sure you have at least two hours not to rush and see all of the grounds. Well worth it. Usually less people first thing in the morning.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Imperial City of Hue is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites - a walled fortress and palace - part of the ancient city of Hue which was a capital city of the Nguyen Dynasty. There are total of ten main majestic gates leading to The Citadel and The Forbidden City. In some of the temples taking pictures is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It is a must to spend at least 4 hours Ingrid intricate complex of buildings yet so proportional . You will love to feel the breeze while resting in one of its many shadows or viewing Lethe colorful carps reaching for food.

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Zaragoza, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Took us half day to see the whole citadel and that was pretty enough time. It's being already restored, but it needs few more years to get more representative. Unique place, must seen as top.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We only had 24 hrs in Hue and unfortunately it was raining the whole time. We got a taxi there and upon paying our entrance fee, we went to the tour guide office to find it empty. We arrived quite late, around 3.30pm so im not sure if they didnt work after a certain time or it was due to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Citadel was a fascinating experience and gave us an insight into Vietnamese history and culture. The displays of the various Kings were interesting and our tour guide Key was full of information that he eagerly shared. We were surprised at the size of the grounds and would have liked more time to explore them in greater depth.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you want to visit Citadel only, you need to pay 150.000 Dong for the ticket. The experience inside the Citadel can be around 1-2 hours. It's an interesting site to visit, nice architecture and gives a glimpse of the last dynasty of Vietnam. It's a huge site with various structures and a huge bonsai garden. We did not get... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Still under construction in many areas. Very big, a thorough visit would require 3 hours. In some places not allowed to take pictures. Be sure to check out the bonsai section towards the east side. Nice walk around the edges. Some areas not very clean. 150000 for foreign people, including the entrance to the nearby museum.

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