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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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It must have been grand when new. You can still see how impressive it was from the restorations they are doing. the wars have destroyed parts of it, and there is never enough... read more

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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It must have been grand when new. You can still see how impressive it was from the restorations they are doing. the wars have destroyed parts of it, and there is never enough money for all the temple restorations going on. But it is well worth the visit.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A must see! But take at least 3 hours to see this place. To see all of it, make it a days outing. There is much to explore and most exhibits are interactive and not behind glass or ropes. The history is vast and humbling. Definitely don't miss this one!

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Some beautiful buildings and gardens lie within the Imperial City. It is a large area, so be prepared for some walking. Stunning statues and architecture. Those that were not destroyed during the American-Vietnam War are well maintained and stunning. A great opportunity to learn a little about the history of Vietnamese people and how the Emperors ruled.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

150k viet dong per adult per entry, outside cyclo will cost about 5 Usd to 1 Usd just to cycle around the outer wall which is quite pointless for an hour. Just enter to the Imperial City, turn left, there is a small lane leading to a cafe, which you can take a break have a small bite, if not... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Hire an English speaking guide on your way into the Citadel. The Citadel is huge so plan on few hours.

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Thank Dhengct
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Although most of the city has been rebuilt after being destroyed by war or typhoons, it is still a beautiful place full of amazing architecture and rich history. It's absolutely massive though, so I would suggest getting a good tour guide to show you around and answer your questions. (I highly recommend Thanh Van through Hue Urban Adventures).

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Pune, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

just visited 10 days back. Get to know a lot regarding history of vietnam and Nguyen Dynasty. We took about 2 and half hrs to explore the whole place. A lot of walk is required but worth visit. The remains are quiet well maintained.. A beautiful landscape and many beautiful gardens to roam around.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

150.000vnd is a bit mutch as entrance fee for the forbiden city. This especialy considering the state it's in. There is allot of renovation going on but i feel this is only done for its touristic value and less for its historical. Never the less, i whould stil recommend going if you are in the area.

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

we enjoyed the walk around and all the interesting features pluss the history would recommend to all visiting Vietnam to have a look your here so do it

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

What a huge walled city this is, so big you don't realise that's what it is. The imperial palace is fascinating, it really is a must to have a very good tour guide to explain the history as there are numerous facts and stories to be heard. It made sense that to rule a country you should have the capital... More 

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