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Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)
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Ranked #13 of 115 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 3 weeks ago

This's the hold of imperial Vietnam. It provides an abundant experience of times past both modern and ancient. The site shows the connection of emperor, army, and mandarin. It's tough influences to Vietnamese religious heritage, both in shrines as well as the numerology

Thank Carson R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Some of the most incredible ruins we have seen. Historical monuments recognized as UNESCO sites since 1993. Most of the structures were built from 1805-1832, and once were home to the Nguyen Emperors and royal families. Plan on at least three hours to slowly walk the groups and absorb its history.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Place of great history and very instagramable. However, not very suitable for young kids. Place is huge to explore in leisure but need lots of water and shade to mitigate the heat

Thank Ng K
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Best place to visit in hue. We see the historical cuture was so amazing. I love hue and i will come back here again. Recommend

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A visit to the Imperial City usually means leaving either a coach or car in the Nguyen Hoang Car Parking and then walking to the entrance set into the Noon Gate. On the way one has to take great care crossing the moat and going through the City Wall as there is no pavement and there is a great deal of traffic (usually mopeds). After entering the city on the right is a set of 4 cannons under a cover - these are the Nine Holy Cannons (the other 5 are some distance away to the west passed the Flag Tower Ky Dai).

After entering the Citadel proper immediately in front are the two parts of the Thai Dich Lake which is split by a walk way which leads to a courtyard area / parade ground in front of the Thai Hoa Palace. The palace was for receiving (foreign) visitors and although photogenic, photography is NOT permitted inside.

Before going into the palace, the inside of the Noon Gate is well worth looking at closely with its ornate roof, the lake has loads of Koi waiting to be fed and the courtyard has loads of people taking photographs.

After passing through Thai Hoa Palace, there is another courtyard with buildings either side which make up the Can Chanh Palace. Looking further ahead there is the Can Thanh Palace, the Khon Thai Residence & the Kien Trung Pavilion. If time is short these are usually omitted from any tour. Also, near these latter items and to the right is the Ngoc Dich Lake. Beyond the wall at the end are 3 further lakes.

Near to the walls either side of the central axis created by the Can Chanh & the Can Thanh Palaces there a series of Temples (3 to the left and 1 to the right. The corridors which make up the Can Chanh & the Can Thanh Palaces have been lovingly restored in the 9 years since the last visit. Moving across to the west we saw the Thai Binh Pavilion (under renovation) and the Duyet Thi Royal Theatre.

This theatre has been opened the last visit and inside clearly illustrates the musical instrument, costumes and face masks of the period. Most tours will exit via the picturesque East Bastion, returning to the coach/car park walking beside the moat.

Most tours last about an hour but if possible allow half a day as there is a lot to see. Also there was not any leaflets available when we visited.

Thank phshanks
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