Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)

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Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)

Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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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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Michael A
3 contributions
Dec. 2021 • Friends
An awesome experience indeed , place well preserved despite the hundreds of years legacy in it
Place where visitors can see how the Royals have lived in splendor dating 500 years and beyond
Written 2 January 2022
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Coll
5 contributions
Jun. 2021 • Solo
Lovely historic buildings and calm relaxed atmosphere. There are lots of parts to explore so take your time. Find out about the rulers of this old time palace & get some great pics.
Written 27 December 2021
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RetiredandLovingIt
Rainham, UK39 contributions
Dec. 2021
Anyone with even the the most sparse knowledge of the Vietnam war will have this on their "must see" sights, however the site itself is very extensive. It is gradually being restored (a slow job) and it is easy to spend a couple of hours exploring, even in pouring rain which is how it was when my wife and I were there, not much cover
Written 16 December 2021
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GRtravelling
Seattle227 contributions
Apr. 2021
A great location to spend time in and wander back into the past.
Grounds are very big and the further you get back the more the discoveries.
Would recommend - choose a cool day to visit !
Written 30 April 2021
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JWeiden
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam141 contributions
Apr. 2021
The Citadel is a must-see on a first visit to Hue. Although just a small number of buildings have been restored, work appears to be underway on several more. I wish there was a way they could do more to re-create the interiors (assuming the original furnishings are no longer available) to give visitors a sense of what life was like.
Written 23 April 2021
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JSTrip_77
Hanoi, Vietnam1,068 contributions
Feb. 2021
UNESCO included the Hue Imperial Citadel on it's list of world heritage sites in 1993 and it is very deserving of that. Even as it's being carefully restored in the wake of extensive damage during the Vietnam War, it's incredibly impressive for its history and beauty. And on a more personal note, it was so nice to see so many young Vietnamese taking so much interest in their history. The place is absolutely sprawling so leave yourself enough time to get what you want - a drive-by or a quick-peek at the citadel just really isn't a thing. And, go by at night too. The city lights up the flag tower and the one of the palaces over the main gate in a way that is just stunning.

This is really a must - see.
Written 28 February 2021
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JayRae1
Glasgow, UK1,543 contributions
Feb. 2020
My wife and I had booked at 17-day trip through Vietnam and Cambodia with G-Adventures and the town of Hue was our third location visited. Although our G-Adventures guide was excellent, local guides were provided at every stop on our tour, including Hue. I’d recommend having a guide if you want to get the best from your Imperial Citadel experience as, otherwise, you would be left wandering around blindly trying to find all the relevant history for yourself.

The tour was excellent and very interesting, and the most impressive place to visit near Hue, though I don’t think it merits the five-star reviews that some have given it. Each to his/her own I suppose, and that’s the beauty of travelling, in that we all see things from different perspectives. As I said though, definitely look to go with a guide or, at the very least, rent one of the portable audio guides.
Written 4 January 2021
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,613 contributions
Jan. 2020
You are in Huê! The city chosen by Emperor Gia Long, in 1789, to be the very first Imperial capital of the newly unified Vietnam. On the Northern banks of "Sông Huong" - the "Perfume River" - he started, in 1802, the construction of his walled citadel, with a ringing moat and two meter thick ramparts. Visit the citadel, its gates, palaces, outer and inner courts, pavilions, residences, temples, ponds and gardens. And do not miss its innermost enclosure - the "Forbidden Purple City" - an area once restricted to the Imperial Family and closest attendants only. At its "Duyet Thi Duong", the beautifully restored "Royal Theater", performances of traditional music and dances. Check performances' schedules, as they are very interesting and a unique chance to attend a show by the "Hue Royal Palace Arts Troupe". The "Royal Citadel" was pretty much damaged during the Vietnam War and from its 160 buildings, only a dozen survived. It is a shaddow of what it once was, but still beautiful and deserving a visit by all those traveling in and around Huê, a Unesco appointed, in 1993, "World Heritage Site"! Enjoy!
Written 22 November 2020
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Karolina S
Sheffield, UK13 contributions
Mar. 2020
AMAZING!! If there is only one thing you'll do while visiting Hue let this be it! So much beauty and history. The grounds are massive and the gardens so lush. You could spend all day here and not get bored. I was extremely impressed with how well the preserved the place. The one thing that put me down was the amount of rubbish. It's very disrespectful. But apart from that it was absolutely fantastic, a great day in Hue.
Written 6 October 2020
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Dara-Khmer
Melbourne, Australia3,747 contributions
Sep. 2020 • Couples
We'd been years earlier but perhaps it was the lack of crowds, but this was a great visit and totally worth the time
Written 23 September 2020
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