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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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Beautiful but...

No doubt this is the highlight of Hue. Very big area with many buildings (or what is left of them...). The lack of information is appalling inside. For 150,000 dong they don't... read more

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Hong Kong, China
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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

No doubt this is the highlight of Hue. Very big area with many buildings (or what is left of them...). The lack of information is appalling inside. For 150,000 dong they don't even give you a map of the area. Get ready to wander around and miss a lot if you are not prepared. We followed the lonely planet tour... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Modern city meets ancient. Worth a look quite extensive, Easy to imagine what an extensive power it used to be.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Is it worth a trip if you're in Hue - definitely. The £7 admission seems reasonable when there is so much work to be done to bring this World Heritage Site up to scratch. The palace is easily accessible and offers a calming and tranquil couple of hours. The walls and moat were particularly impressive, but I was less impressed... More 

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place is being renovated and you can learn about the history of Vietnam and its emperors. For the 150.000 VND entrance fee you would expect to get at least a map of the place, since I do not like following a tour guide. Which I guess annoyed me when in a small room and then a group of 50... More 

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manchester
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This complex is mostly set outside. It was interesting and gave me a better understanding of the history of Vietnam and it's founders. The gardens were beautiful as is the architecture with ornate arches and beautiful gold inlay in the temples. We spent an enjoyable 3 hrs wandering the site seeking out little secret gardens and viewpoints. Go through all... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Vast area to explore and beautiful gardens. Enjoyed this area and gave a insight into the history of Vietnam.

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Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is THE site to see in Hue... it is an amazing temple complex with greater interest than most. Parts are old and parts are amazingly restored. I highly recommend.

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Enjoyed our time viewing the Citadel. It was interesting and gave us an incite into how the emperors lived.

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Carrickmacross, Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is one of the most important places in Vietnam. However , it really needs much clearer historical information for the average tourist. Having being bombed multiple times there were no photos of the before during and after the bombs. Big open sites, now just grass were where the temples and buildings were and it is a pity that there... More 

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Haworth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Seat of the ancient King Emperors of Vietnam, this is an amazing building, damaged like much of Hue in the 1968 TET offensive and now restored to its former glory.

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