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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 2 days ago
Kenye-east
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Zaragoza, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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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Thank AliPablo
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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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Thank Kenye-east
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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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Thank Brid B
Vancouver
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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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Thank Sasatrav
Italy
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Citadel is huge, you could easily spend a few hours here! Lots of information available in English, and there are many guides if you want to pay a fee. Not crowded, and largely outside. Worth a visit.

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Airdrie, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

If you enjoy paying way too much to walk through the remnants of a once great palace then this is good for you. If not just avoid. This may feel like a must see in Hue but it really isn't and there really isn't much to see. A bunch of unexplained, unoriginal items mixed with terribly restored buildings and heaps... More 

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Reading, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The original capital city and an amazing old building/palace with a great restoration project in place. 150,000 VND (about £5.50) ridiculous, as in some places in Europe you could spend £20 for access to a place like this. It is well worth a visit and I would recommend you allow 3+ hours to have a good wander around. You can... More 

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Thank Bernadette M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If your interested in history you must pay a visit to Hue Citadel during your stay. Some the architecture is very old and some parts are even being restored. The ticket price was a 150,000D, which is a little expensive but it is worth it to see this historical site. A visit in the morning is best as you can... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a gem. Gradually being restored after lots of damage during war so some bits still a work in progress but that adds to the charm. A really nice place to just wander around and imagine what it might have been like 100yrs ago. We have both teenage and young kids so we wander slowly at times but we... More 

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