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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  • This place would have been great in sunshine but we happened to be there at the tail end of the cyclone that just missed the Mekong Delta hence the rain! It was interesting and well worth a visit  more »
  • The old town is worth! But more than a day I would stay - with Sun a boat ride with the dragon boat is definitely an another must!
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  • The citadel houses the majority of Hue’s top attractions and is a must to stroll around and see. Allow a couple of hours and remember to dress appropriately! A lovely way to spend some of your day in ...  more »

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