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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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  • An centuries old Old Royal Imperial Palace strongly influenced previously by the Chinese imperial dynasty. Huge and masssive. Good to visit and spend some time  more »
  • We enjoyed a tour of this citadel but we chose a very hot day - 37-40C! We travelled on a dragon boat from Hue central to visit the citadel and this was a great way to start the tour of this historic ...  more »
  • This place is huge and you will be doing a lot of walking so come prepare, sunscreen, hat and plenty of water. Good way to get your excercise done for the day.  more »