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Hue Imperial City (The Citadel), Hue

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A listed World Heritage Site, Hue Imperial City (The Citadel) (aka the Purple Forbidden City) stands as a testimony to the power and wealth of the last imperial Vietnamese dynasty. Situated on a riverbank, the complex features the remains of an imperial palace, Buddhist temples and pagodas, tombs of Nguyen Kings, courtyards, and gardens. It is encircled by a moat and two rows of fortification walls. Over the years following the demise of Vietnamese monarchy, the site was significantly ruined by cyclones and termites. However, it suffered the severest damage during the Vietnam War--look for the holes in the stone walls made by bullets and grenades. The highlights include a flag tower and 10 lavishly ornamented gates. Take a look at our Hue trip itinerary maker to schedule your visit to Hue Imperial City (The Citadel) and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Only the massive walls are original, most buildings do not exist anymore, one has been reconstructed after the war. Animation on a large TV screen show what once was there.  more »
  • We stayed about twenty minutes walk away on the opposite side of the water, so a few hairy moments crossing traffic and we were inside the Ancient Town for the price you get so much for your money, we...  more »
  • We spend quite a while here looking at all the buildings, gardens and reading things. We didn't have a guide but had our tour books and leaflets from the hotel and felt knowledgeable. It is good to se...  more »