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. Using our world travel planner, Hue attractions like Hue Imperial City (The Citadel) can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We were told in our hotel that 1.5 hours would be enough time to visit the citadel. However, we spent almost half a day in there, exploring all the different sights.  more »
  • Very interesting. Big enough to light get lost. Inscriptions are not always clear. Any sense of direction helps. You dive in the past, only read preparation pays off.
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  • We only had 2 hours here. We could have spend about 3 times that! The whole place was amazing! There was a lot of information on signs around the site, but definitely book a tour guide for extra bits ...  more »
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  • We loved spending the day here even though it was raining. I am sure the rain helped keep the crowds down. I would definitely say to take a full day to explore all the areas inside. While we were there they were restoring more of the city I am sure it will look even cooler over the next few months. Definitely a must see while in Vietnam
  • An historical perspective We were dropped off by our driver from the hotel at the main entrance, purchased our tickets and started exploring. Wandering through the grounds and the buildings, allowed us to take in the history and culture of the time. If you are being collected after the visit, ensure you coordinate with the person(s) on an exact meeting point, as the place is vast. Maybe exchange phone numbers to be safe!
  • I personally think that KhaDinh Tomb was my favorite, but this was a very unique walk around. A lot more is in ruins than I expected. There are dozens of open fields where living quarters or temples were that are destroyed with all that remains is broken walls. The ticket is 150k dong, and another 150k for a guide on site if you didn't get one previously. It is pretty difficult to navigate and there is little history written anywhere. I used a website walk through to help me, but if you can afford it I would definitely recommend a guide here. There is a lot of walking, but I personally finished walking around everything - again, without good - in around 3 hours. Most guides seem to go either up the middle and down the left of the citadel or partially up the middle then mostly up the left and back down the middle. I think it's a shame to miss the lagoons and gardens to the top right even if they aren't incredibly maintained. The main exit is the east gate, just so you know. Four stars because I just feel there is not as much to see as I thought, isn't as well renovated as well expected, and for the historical significance and poor English speaking guides, I find it a shame they don't provide any maps or pamphlets and don't have more information at each location. By the way, the map in the BACK is way more helpful than the one near the entrance
  • A historic place telling the true history of a people from a time long gone and disappeared. Fantastic place to go visit. But choose your guide carefully. Our almost ran through it all. And remember to have something to eat. This place takes times to see.
  • I love this place. It is dripping with history. I am doing 4 stars because they had a huge section under renovation when I went so I could not show my mother my favorite spot. They should do smaller sections. I would also like an audio guide so you can walk around and hear stories about all of the parts

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