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Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)

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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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Reviewed yesterday

We visited Hue during a very hot May and decided to visit the Imperial City at night, it was very pleasant temperature, there was not many people, beside a few small groups, we had the place to ourselves.The Imperial City looked magical and had various...More

Thank shar g
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Hue is hot and the Imperial City is even hotter. Not a lot of shade unless you duck into one of the few renovated buildings. Just sad to think that it stood almost intact into the 1960-70's until the bombings of the French and American...More

Thank TartanCat57
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Try and get here early ( opens at 7 I think) to avoid crowds and the heat! We spent about 3 hours wandering around the place and found it quite interesting. Used our book for info rather than a guide - this is just one...More

Thank evamitch
Reviewed 3 days ago

We enjoyed spending most of a day at this incredible historic treasure. Much of it has been preserved or restored, so you will see several complete buildings, each uniquely purposed -- all of it impressive and worth exploring. You will be able to discover and...More

Thank goin4luxury
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Beautiful series of palace buildings in the usual nested/ walled citadel style of this part of the world. Really well preserved and restored. Fabulous grounds to stroll around although it was a hot and humid day so recommend leaving time at the end for a...More

Thank Rebecca P
Reviewed 4 days ago

Very impressive edifice in the center of Hue. Lots of history. View of the citadel is grand and we get a glimpse of the history behind. The weather is too hot, will be good to visit in the cooler month. Buildings and grounds are beautifully....More

Thank petergarci
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I toured only the outside of the Citadel as part of my recent Hue by Night tour. We arrived just as a reenactment of guard changing was taking place at the front gates. Under the cover of darkness and lit up by various lights both...More

Thank tranzactnow
Reviewed 4 days ago

Friendlier and more interesting than Beijing's Forbidden City. Allow yourself plenty of time. You'll want to sit and rest in the shade between areas of the complex. I carried an umbrella to shield me from the sun.

Thank M P
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

There is so much to see here. Best thing I've seen in Vietnam so far. We spent around 5 hours. So beautiful.

Thank beller345
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Amazing historic place. The assortment of buildings and various homes within... It is overwhelming. Recommend motobike to tour citadel. Lots of walking if not, though can be done. Plan a day here and maybe return. Hue has tons of history and culture to absorb. Awesome

Thank Wayne A
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Do we need to cover up our legs to get into most of the attractions, such as the Pagoda?
5 January 2017|
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Response from wildeastern | Reviewed this property |
Shorts up to knee is acceptable...after all you are visiting religious places ... So common sense and of course comfort with offence!
How much time should we plan to be on the site to visit The Citadel ?
2 January 2017|
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Response from Bronwyn E | Reviewed this property |
It really depends on your interest in history. We had also already seen the Forbidden City in Beijing and its similar to that but on a smaller scale. But a lot of its ruins. So I would say 2-3 hours would be ample time.
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Is the place near ho chi minh city? How can get there from ho chi minh or saigon? Thank you!i
16 December 2016|
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Response from wildeastern | Reviewed this property |
No .....do a bit of geography yourself and you'll find out that you need to fly from HCM to Hue! Or do a round robin trip!