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“Large ornate complex”

Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)
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Hue City Sightseeing Tour with Perfume River Cruise
Ranked #4 of 114 things to do in Hue
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 17 December 2012

The Citadel was built in the early 1800s and has unfortunately decayed greatly over the years. However, it is being slowly restored and is definitely worth a visit. The complex covers many acres where elephants seem to be the lawn mowers. The emperor's throne room and other rooms were extravagantly decorated, and some of the original costumes are still on display.

Thank Limotrav
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Reviewed 13 December 2012 via mobile

We visited the citadel after going to the tombs on a city tour and it was kind of disappointing after seeing those. It was still cool but I'm sure it would have been much nicer if part of it hadn't been destroyed during the war. Still worthwhile though

Thank Kristen K
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Reviewed 12 December 2012

This place is a stark reminder of how mindless bombing can do to destroy excellent pieces of work, construction and artefacts. While most of the Citadel grounds are gone, some of the foundations remain. The Royal Theatre is the only remaining complete building apart from the Noon Gate (similar to the Meridian gate at Beijing). While we were there, there was a large Samsung tv showing a digitized reconstruction of the entire Citadel done by some Koreans. Excellent place to learn about history.

Thank Carplaneshiptrain
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Reviewed 12 December 2012

Take the time to walk around and visit. It's quite impressive.
After this the tombs visits looses a bit of its grandeur.
Would definitely recommend getting a guide for full enjoyment of the site.
And i'd recommend the authorities to charge more, guys, sorry to say that but you're not charging enough. Don't be shy. And you need the money to restore the place.

Thank Victor J
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Reviewed 11 December 2012

We were lucky to come in a and miss out on the flock of tourists that were about to enter. It is a nice piece of history, we explored the the citadel by ourselves but I think it would have been nicer to have a guide just to get some more information about the history and structures.

Whilst we were there the citadel is being refurbished and rebuilt to what it would have looked like back in the day. I say whats it is done it'll be a magnificent site! Though the Ruins that are standing now are magnificent themselves.

If you do decide to go i suggest getting a guide who knows what they are talking about that way you get full knowledge on it.

Thank julz93
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