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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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  • Much remains despite war, very nice food, nice maze, soothing but physical visit under the Sun because long (provide water +++).
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  • This is a massive complex built in the 18th/19th century by the Royal family and was also the site of fierce fighting during the Tet offensive of the Vietnam war so this is of both older and more mode...  more »
  • Hojeoshago slack. The buildings rather than the grandeur and splendor of the rustic and intimate. Scale is significant, but large clearings in the middle and the Middle garden there. The building shown in the guide book tour than a leisurely walk in the Park, you can visit the mood.
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