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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.
Hue, Vietnam
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All reviews imperial city tet offensive bullet holes few hours restoration work worth a visit large area nguyen dynasty couple of hours vietnam war walk around take your time entrance fee interesting place interesting history tour guide perfume river
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

One can only imagine what this Palace must have been like when it was in its glory. Such a shame that large parts have been destroyed. It is an amazing place to visit, a must for when you are in Hue

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank PaulH598
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

So much history here, walking through each block to re-live and picture everyday’a life during the imperial days. I enjoyed it very much!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 850bond007
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Nice to walk through and read about the history. Unfortunately war claimed most of the old buildings but they are rebuilding. The theatre is a must see!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 193kylek
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Spent about 3 hours touring this site and its various temples and gardens etc, lots of interesting history of the city and old photos of the Emperors and their family. There were places to stop for a quick drink and toilets too. A large complex...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The palaces cool and Interesting there is some explaining of the history in English. Some of the grounds are not fully restored yet. you can’t see everything because it’s blocked off but there is a lot of history when you walk around the whole palace...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 500sammyn
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

You re going to hue, mainly for this visit. Take your time (4hr), and look at all the details. The story of the 13 kings is so amazing. The buildings are so amazing. If interested i would suggest that you read some book of vietnam...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The architecture here was nice and had a great feel of rich history to it. I expected it to be closed in more than it was. I think it would be best to rent a scooter of bicycle and explore at your own pace. We...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank devis0n
Reviewed 4 days ago

Unlike the forbidden city in China which was memorable the Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City are interesting but not a visit I will remember. The original buildings are long gone and are being recreated on the original foundations. A great effort by the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
2  Thank kartor
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My wife and Only had a couple hours and thought to explore the Citadel and then visit the tombs and pagoda’s the next day. It worked out well. One could spend all day at the Citadel but 2 hours was good, 3 would have been...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank X9687QRgregs
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The Imperial City is the anchor to the sites in Hué. It’s architecture is splendid and walking around the campus is a charm. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: February 2019
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11 December 2018|
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Response from fabsoLondon | Reviewed this property |
We were there for a couple of hours but it wasn’t enough. Our guide said if you have the time and really want to explore the citadel you’ll need at least half a day. I would highly recommend going with a guide to get the... More
11 December 2018|
Response from alibhnz | Reviewed this property |
Hi, we stayed at Sala homestay 7/6 Chu Van An, Huế which was a great location. It’s clean & basic with a/c & good beds. Inexpensive & the owners are lovely. Close to good cafes, we especially enjoyed the food & service at... More
5 December 2018|
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Response from Newton P | Reviewed this property |
I will be ok. But you should keep in mind that everywhere they provide locally a dress to be used when necessary