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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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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  • 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, Malaysia1,114 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
  • MizuhoK
    Hino, Japan3,954 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    World heritage
    This is the last royal family, Nguyen’s imperial palace. The structure was influenced by forbidden city in Beijing. It brings you back to 19th century, the time of WW2. A local driver I met during the trip told us that even though the entrance fee is extremely expensive, there’re many spots under restoration so it’s cheating. Well, maybe right since Noi Dien was under restoration when we were there in August but we couldn’t help it because we were tourists from abroad who can’t come here often. It’s vast. You walk a lot in hot weather so bring waters with you.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 October 2023
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S H
Greater Melbourne, Australia17 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
We took a private car & driver here, arranged by our accommodation.
We paid a lot for an English speaking guide on arrival at Citadel in addition to entry, who ended up being the worst guide I’ve ever experienced. (Do the head phones instead) We also had a Vietnamese man and his two young children in our group so she had to speak Vietnamese and English at the same time. The children misbehaved. The father did nothing. The guide also took on a large group of English speaking people halfway through the tour. She had to repeat everything to them. I could not understand her very well, to be frank. She’s been doing this for too long. Her attitude changed once she realised we had had clothes tailored by her cousin in HoiAn. Give the female guide a miss!

Disgusting toilets here & no paper. Overall experience really disappointing at Citadel. Not a lot to see really. Read up on it prior to going. Allow2-3 hours to walk around.
Written 26 February 2020
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silvergeck0
Hervey Bay, Australia134 contributions
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Mar 2020 • Couples
What a magnificent treasure Vietnam has with this immense complex. We explored it for 31/2 hours and really only scrapped the surface. Perhaps a pass that lasts for a few days would enable people to come back a couple of times to really appreciate this important piece of history. Thanks so much for the audio guides. Though the ladies giving them out were more interested in their mobile phones than helping their customers!
The architecture is amazing, we sincerely appreciate the imagination and skill that went into building these temples.
We would like to recommend that some of the plastic rubbish lying around be recycled into benches for people to sit on in the shade?
Visitors to Vietnam please do your research and respect their cultures etiquette of covered knees and shoulders and to remove shoes when entering “solemn” places.
Thankfully we had done our research, I carry a little pashmina or jacket and our trousers have zips to make them long or short as required. (Girls - Wrap around skirts are useful too.) I say this because unfortunately our visit was marred by witnessing rude, unprofessional staff saying with VERY angry tone and aggressive body language; “cover, cover” or “no shoes, no shoes”.
We appreciate the Guards (who would have been hot too) must get frustrated when visitors don’t do the right thing however simply saying ”please remove shoes before entering” is not difficult to say to guests who have paid to come in.

The gardens are clearly a work in progress so we would love to come back in a few years to see how they are flourishing.
Written 11 March 2020
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Becky1979
Hull, UK262 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
We visited the Citadel with a 3 year old and 7 year old. We took advice from previous recommendations and took the audio guide and like others were pleased we did as we would not have known what we were looking at, as the map given did not appear to direct us correctly.
It was incredibly hot and our youngest struggled to remain interested. Both however enjoyed the extensive ground and freedom to roam around the grounds.
Unfortunately due to low visitor numbers the Art activities which would have captivated the children were not available.
Would recommend to the onsite gift shop located near the exit as it had great range of traditional Vietnamese souvenirs at reasonable prices.
Written 9 July 2020
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ChicoRanMan
Chico, CA1,184 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Family
This is an impressive 500m x 600m walled citadel that made up the Imperial City where for about 150 years the emperors of Vietnam resided.

Ongoing renovations are improving the experience. Those buildings and gardens that have been renovated are beautiful.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate for entry into the Imperial City alone or multiple sites that include emperors’ tombs.
Written 13 January 2020
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Guy T
London, UK700 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples

Absolutely beautiful. We bought our ticket as a combo with two of the tombs. It was more expensive than what we had paid for other sites in Vietnam but it is the old city and it is beautiful. Do not underestimate how big it is though you can walk for ages. We spent about 2 hours at the old city wandering around and taking lots of photos. You can hire a guide but we went around on our own and there’s plenty of information explaining exactly what each room/ site was and the importance of it. There’s a few food and drink kiosks around the site slightly more expensive but you are in a tourist site. Its a must do whilst in Hue but it is big and it can get a little repetitive with the buildings looking similar so grab a map of the site, set a route and enjoy.
Written 11 March 2020
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TMOH8
Guildford, UK2,319 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
No visit to Hue is complete without a visit to the Imperial City.

The compound and it's history is fascinating but it's the architecture that is really memorable.

Visiting the Imperial City in the morning will put later visits to tombs into context but I would also recommend returning once it's gone dark as it's really well lit and very peaceful compared to the city centre.
Written 15 February 2020
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Marie K
Gothenburg, Sweden53 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
It is easy to get lost wandring in the maze-like place, it is a huge area but it can be covered in a few hours to half a day. Some building are well kept/restored, some are not so well kept and some are entirely missing, but nevertheless it is an enchanting place. There are sign posts in some places making it possible to visit on your own, but it will probably be more interesing with a guide. The entrance ticket can be bought in combination with the royal tombs to a discounted price, so if you plan to also visit the tombs, this will save you a few dollars.
Written 8 January 2020
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amanda5805
Duncan, Canada7,057 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Normally I love stuff like this. This was very boring. It also might have had something to do with how long of a travel day we had which included hiking up Marble Mountain then straight to a 6km walk from the hotel to the Imperial Palace. Seemed like most of us felt that way. Our tour leader mentioned out of all of the guides for the imperial palace that he has had over the years she was the best one and he had hand selected her and booked her for all this tour groups. The guide tried to make it interesting but it came across too serious and repeated herself a lot. I think there is some great stuff to see here but if you can go with out a guide I would take that options. We were only in this town one night and missed out on things that were higher on our list. Which we would have skipped this if we knew this is how it was going to be. If you are here for a short period of time and you have other more important things to see see them first before heading here.

In 1993 this Complex was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It includes many things from the Nguyen Dynasty, such as the Citadel, High Noon Gate, tombs, monuments and much more.

Don't forget to cover up your shoulders & knees or you will be denied entry. It also costs 150,000VND (about $8.90CAD). You are to tip the guide for her services. I believe we tipped her 50,000VND ($3CAD) per couple on our tour.
Written 29 May 2020
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julia b
60 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This place has many different aspects of it, not to mention the grounds its self are huge. You could easily spend hours or days wandering around looking. It takes you back to a different time and paints a grandeur picture of the life of a dynasty. We were on a group tour and I felt it went to quick to really look at different artifacts and to admire the details of the carvings. I suggest you do a bit of research and find the things you really want to see, especially if you're on limited time.
Written 2 February 2020
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Smaske1
Storrington, UK623 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
The site of the royal palace after the move south from hanoi. Around 1 square metre of inner courtyard where the king would meet his mandarins and hold court and where his 100 wives and 124 lived. Our guide explained the various rooms and what they were used for, you can also get an audio guide which might have been more easy to understand...
Written 13 February 2020
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