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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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  • Interesting could have been fantastic if I hadn't been cheap. That being said, I liked it. The bathrooms could be more numerous. Plan accordingly. 
  • You could spend hours wondering around. Possibly the best site to visit in Hue. It was raining through our stay but stopped for the 2 hours we spent wondering, a must see if in town. 
  • Interesting to see how the Emperor lived. Was a bit pagoda/mausoleum/palaced out by the time we got there so it didn't grip me. The Americans had bombed it so His Highness's house had gone. The Empero...  more »