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Hue Imperial City (The Citadel), Hue

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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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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  • place to discover, but if it is not passionate and can only fall in AWE in front of this citadel
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  • This imperial city is unfortunately largely destroyed by the Americans during the war. Many buildings are no longer there, but one is engaged in the reconstruction. The most important buildings have been restored and give a wonderful insight into the history of Viet Nam before the war with the Americans.
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  • It is true, as some reviewers have mentioned, that the majority of the grounds are in very bad ruins. Though they are slowly restoring the buildings. What has been restored has been done with exceptio...  read more »
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