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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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Worth a visit!

Very interesting and worth a visit if you are in Hue. Really beautiful architecture. Probably worth hiring a guide to give you more information on the site.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We followed Lonely Planets advice and travelled anticlockwise around this huge site for a good 3hours . Clear directional signs and English explanations at each stop . Wonderful restoration work for future generations to understand something of the splendour of the Nguyen dynasty .

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very interesting and worth a visit if you are in Hue. Really beautiful architecture. Probably worth hiring a guide to give you more information on the site.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The citadel was nothing what I expected, didn't expect to see a 10,000 metre square fence and moats. It was truly magnificent to see it in its glory on a hot, (sweaty) and sunny day. The forbidden city is located inside as well as all he other quarters. Very cool photo opportunities inside. Worth a visit.

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Thank Bridge L
Cary, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Imperial City (citadel) walled city was started in the 1300s and took over 200 years to build. Plan to take a couple hours for an extended walking tour. Not a lot of steps to maneuver. We were with a knowledgeable guide who walked us back in time. Depending on the time of year, it can be quite. Hats and... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Stunning place to visit in Hue and take in the history and culture of this ancient city. The ruins are incredibly well preserved. We went on a very hot day so make sure you have plenty of water as theres nowhere to hide from the sun! A must visit.

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Ashford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Your see evidence of recent war damage but in the main this is a quiet lovely place to visit with an impressive outer wall. Buildings inside and out are well tended and there is a lot to see. Renovation work is being done but does not impinge on the overall attractiveness of the site. I would imagine that during a... More 

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Thank dodger107
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a massive place to walk around. Maybe if your interested in history it would be a better expirience but we didn't find it that interesting. Better go first thing in the morning to avoid crowds.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I was very keen to check out the citadel when we got to hue. I really wasn't blown away by it though unfortunately. There are one or two nice gates but that's about it. Most of it is pretty run down. Some of the temples are well maintained but kind of disappointed. It may just be the day we went... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A great place to visit and appreciate the history of Vietnam, its cultural evolution and traditions.

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Boonville, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our guide spoke excellent English and was patient with my too many questions. Expect much walking, and plan to spend an entire day including lunch.

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