Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)

Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)

Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)
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8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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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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  • Garfieldluvr
    Denver, Colorado971 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do while in Hue!!
    A must visit while in Hue! I would recommend getting an audio guide and listening to the areas that seem interesting to you to get a little more out of your visit. You can stay there for as long as you want. We walked though the entire compound, taking pictures, and listening to the audio guide occasionally, and we spent about 3-4 hours there. To me, the eastern side seemed more interesting, if you have limited time and just want to see part of it.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 18 July 2023
  • Ali_Royal_2015
    923 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Hue highlight
    We had a really great time exploring the Imperial city. I would advise going early in the morning, we went at 10:00 and it was already baking hot although not particularly busy. It’s a large, beautiful site and you can easily spend a couple of hours strolling the various streets and pagodas. I also enjoyed watching the numerous Vietnamese ladies in traditional clothing who were having a great time posing for photos. Definitely a worthwhile place to see when in Hue.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 August 2023
  • Mellie
    40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit
    Although it was hot, the long walk through the citadel was worth it. The citadel is a place of historical significance. From its elegant architecture to its lavish gardens, you will feel the sight that will take your breath. Its a must to experience it
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Moras
    Monaca, Pennsylvania3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Majestic Hue Forbidden City: A Royal Delight
    Hue Forbidden City in Vietnam is a captivating destination that showcases the grandeur of the Nguyen Dynasty. The palaces within the complex are stunning, with intricate details and vibrant colors. The knowledgeable and friendly staff provide valuable insights, enhancing the experience. The well-preserved site, informative signage, and audio guides make it educational and visually impressive. A visit to Hue Forbidden City is a must for history and culture enthusiasts, offering a glimpse into Vietnam's royal legacy.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 September 2023
  • Lexi
    Hanoi, Vietnam2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Trip to Hue
    Magnificent! It brings back a variety of things about Vietnamese history. Ordinary days will cost a small fee of about 200k (around $9) but it actually worth it for visitors. It has something really mysterious and a historical experience.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 September 2023
  • sweetiekin
    Singapore, Singapore56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lot of walking but worth it.
    We visited during summer so the weather was extremely hot. Be prepared to walk a lot, bring lots of water, hat and sunblock. We booked a one-day tour as we also wanted to visit the tombs and temples. The guide helps for us to understand some historical stories with Vietnam.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 September 2023
  • rickrover
    Newlyn, United Kingdom127 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive
    It is a very impressive site. It is huge, beautifully kept and really interesting. It does get very busy at the main Pagodas, but because of its size, we managed to find peaceful places. We loved the Royal Gardens. We spent several hours there just enjoying the surroundings. It was worth travelling to Hue to visit this place. We only stayed in Hue for two nights, as we did not love the town itself.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 September 2023
  • Raymondale
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,112 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    the imperial city of Nguyen dynasty
    when i had Hue city trip two weeks ago,i came here to witness the history of Nguyen dynasty. it is a must-see attraction in Hue city. The imperial city is a walled enclosure within the citadel of the city of Hue,it is the former imperial capital of Nguyen dynasty. It contains palaces, shrines, gardens, and villas. it constructed in 1803 under Emperor Gia Long as a new capital. in 1993, it was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. unfortunately, when i visited this place, Điện Thái Hòa under renovation, it is the most important palace inside the imperial city,this palace houses the throne of all Nguyen Emperors. you need three hours to visit this place, especially if you are keen on history and also photos taking. heard that renovation of Dien Thai Hoa will be completed in 2025, so i will come again.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 28 September 2023
  • SandySydneyAus
    761 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see
    10 years ago when we were here, plane was late and we didn’t make it. So this time we stayed 2 nights in Hue to go inside. August was very hot so we tried to enter as soon as opened. So we got good 3 hours to walk around and take photos. Place was big. Gardens were nice. If you are into history, you can organise guide. We were happy we made this time.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 October 2023
  • Moore G
    Vienna, Austria2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hue Citaldel
    If it doesn't rain in Hue, it's fine. When it rains, you don't know when it stops. The entire Hue Citadel was soaked, Hue was sadder and more silent. The grass flowers (a delicate flower that is the ambassador of autumn) bloomed late and bowed in the rain. Even the bunches of purple magnolia blooming out of season cannot call back the sunshine.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 October 2023
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busybeesbiz
Singapore, Singapore195 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
The Hue Citadel is a UNESCO site, modelled on Beijing's Forbidden City but on a much smaller scale.
Unfortunately, due to ravages of war, many of the buildings have been damaged. Restoration work is in progress.
There are not many informative notice boards for you to read about the place, so either arm yourself with a good guide book that explains the history of the place, or get a tour guide.
Our guide explained how the site was chosen, the symbolism of various details of the architecture, the succession of kings and so on. She included an interesting anecdote about the last king who loved all things French.
Quite unlike some of the reviews, we were not at all harassed by hawkers or other vendors. The weather is, however, scorching in June. Choose a cooler time and you'll have a more pleasant walk.
There is a place within the Citadel grounds where you can make paper lotus flowers and sip lotus tea. Great place to take a breather and the craft process will keep little hands busy too.
Written 24 June 2024
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nzwestie
Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand488 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We got there early in the morning so had the place virtually to ourselves. Yes parts outside are pretty good but we found it was lots and lots of walking and not as interesting as we thought it would be. We saw it all and made our way out to all the taxis and transport people hassling us big time. We could not even sit down for a drink etc. All in all we would miss this place even though we realize the cultural aspect to the Vietnamese.
Written 22 June 2024
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Factsnotfiction62
Edinburgh, UK265 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Beautiful, vast, ornate buildings spread across the old walled city. Well worth a visit. Fabulous opportunities for incredible photos and so much history. Some restoration work ongoing (April 2024) but there is so much to see this didn't detract from the experience. We spent a couple of hours here, we went very early in the morning to avoid the heat, but could easily have spent several more hours exploring.
Written 18 June 2024
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia49,466 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The Imperial City is situated within the citadel of the city of Hue. Hue was the imperial capital of Vietnam during the Nguyen dynasty. Inside the citadel are the palaces of the imperial family and other buildings, like shrines, gardens, and large residences. The architecture is absolutely beautiful. All of this was created in the early 1800s to be the new capital of Vietnam. It is a wonderful site to visit and is full of history.
Written 16 June 2024
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NizamMasood
Desaru Coast, Malaysia197 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Location : The citadel is located just next to the main road. I would say, anyone would totally spot this citadel straight away. Motorcycle parking is somewhat challenging to find. So I got frustrated because I had to circle at least 3 times before I found one.

Counter : The counter ladies speaks minimum english. For such a touristic place, this is highly unacceptable. Of course I understand that I am in VN, but you market this place to tourists and you put non english speakers at the front counter.

Citadel : The entrance to the citadel is amazing. The stone gate is massive and beautiful. Sadly, thats where the beautiful part ends, at the door. The inside is overgrown with weeds and grass. The main hall was demolished and under renovation, according to the guide had been ages. There are 1 particular nice area and the upkeep was good. It is the area where people feed the fish. I simply love it. The supposedly royal garden was not nice wither with leaves scattered everywhere. An hour plus and we are done. I expect the citadel to be movie like, full of decor and at least the buildings to be amazing. NONE. I was disappointed.

Recommendations : Yes, you can visit. It is a must see in Hue, but not the most impressive one.
Written 14 June 2024
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Johnny28
Los Angeles, CA10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Great place to visit if you love to learn about history and architecture.
This is a good historic place for traveler visit in Vietnam.
Written 27 May 2024
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Mercia R
Bristol, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Beautiful and ancient. The grand scale of the citadel provides a glimpse into the rich history and culture of Vietnam. Completely felt like back in time. My family were in awe of all the structures and the stories behind. This is a must-visit place for anyone into cultural and historical experience in Hue.
Written 19 May 2024
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hotelmonster88
Prague, Czech Republic344 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
This is the one must see attraction in Hue. It was my third visit to Hue and my third visit to the Citadel. Still awe inspiring in what it must have been like to live there many years ago. The new renovated Kien Trung Palace was a lovely addition from previous trips and hopefully one by one others even that have been renovated will be brought back to their former glory. I do still think that they could do better on signposting the different areas of the site.
Written 19 May 2024
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Clerissa C
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The architecture and planning of the capital is very good, a very beautiful place to take photos on sunny days. Many structures, sculptures, and carvings on wood are still kept intact.
Written 10 May 2024
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Mina N
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
An incredible site to visit and understand, even in the rain. The architecture is amazing, especially the ceramics & the lacquered columns. Great restoration! Go with a guide to fully appreciate!
Written 9 May 2024
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