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Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)

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Address: Hue, Vietnam
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This former site of the old capitol has a moat and ten ornate gates...

This former site of the old capitol has a moat and ten ornate gates guarding a palace, temples, gardens and tombs. Its most prominent feature is a tall flag tower.

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USD 45.00*
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Hue Citadel Bike Tour
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Half-Day Hue Bamboo Paper Artist Experience and Countryside Biking Tour
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Hue City Sightseeing Tour with Perfume River Cruise

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A massive complex

Part of our tour with Mr. Von. Interesting and impressive how big it is/was. Unfortunately about 70% (according to Mr. Von) was destroyed during the Tet offensive. They are slowly... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Yao, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I asked a private tour guide (Mr. Duyen Nguyen) to Hue. His driver and he picked up my friend and me at the hotel in Da Nang from Hue. He arranged everything including visiting famous places, gorgeous lunch, a boat trip on Perfume River, looking around the city by trikshaw. I also asked to pass High Van Pass on the... More 

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

With our guide we discovered this an exceptionally intriguing spot to visit. There is a sensible measure of strolling however you can do (inside reason) to such an extent or little as you prefer. Similarly as with wherever in Vietnam there are some high strides so if versatility is an issue simply be readied.

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Patong, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I recommend riding a bike there and not pay for a tour because it's a huge place and can get very boring following around a group , we just did it on our own and did it in our own time , very lovely place tho it's amazing and old but it got so hot when we were there !!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Part of our tour with Mr. Von. Interesting and impressive how big it is/was. Unfortunately about 70% (according to Mr. Von) was destroyed during the Tet offensive. They are slowly rebuilding and restoring but it has a long way to go.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

When we read information about Hue city, the cintadel was appeared in the first page and the photos of this places were everywhere we search for Hue. We know that there will be a big mistake if we traveled to Hue city and not visit this place. And simply we understand why it is so famous. Because this is really... More 

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Thank Mcken M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A must visit to understand Vietnamese history and the times during the war! It's a long walk to cover the entire citadel. Just grab a map and walk and read around the citadel!!

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Thank Deepali P
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Imperial City and Citadel is worthy of a visit, because it captures Vietnam's History and reflects the constant change in the last 200 years. For Americans, a visit to Hue revives the headlines of 1968 and teaches lessons (good and bad) about military strategy and urban warfare. But, it is also a beautiful place with ponds and flowers and... More 

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Much of it was destroyed in war and bombing, leaving rubble in many cases, and buildings needing to be restored in other cases. No coherent whole is currently available, and thus I was a bit disappointed with the disjointed or fragmented feel of the place. (By the way, it's a crime it was bombed!) Having said that there's way, way... More 

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Thank Bryan H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Arrived in Hue after Hanoi overnight train and decided on DIY visit to the Citadel which is in central Hue. You can buy either a one day or two day pass which includes entrance fees to all of the Emperors mausoleums along the banks of the Perfume river. A one day pass cost less than £10 for 2 people. We... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We walked here from our hotel which was near walking street and it took about 45 minutes . I think the entrance fee was 150vnd to just see the citadel, you could pay an extra 80vnd to include one of the royal tombs which is situated away from the citadel site. The historic site is spread out but easy walking... More 

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