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“A wonderful feeling of history”

Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)
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Private Tour: Hue City Sightseeing Including...
Ranked #14 of 121 things to do in Hue
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 4 April 2018

There is so much to see in this 19th century Imperial City, even though a lot of it was bombed during the 1968 Tet Offensive. Massive restoration work has been done so there is much to see and one just has to imagine the empty spaces like the Forbidden Purple City as it was in all its glory!
We had a guide for an hour and it was well worth it as there are so many different pavilions, palaces & things of interest to see in this vast complex.
We stayed on and wandered down the tree lined paths & big courtyards.
You could go round the grounds on electric cars but this would be an extra charge after the entrance fee.

Thank bella c
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

The citadel is an amazing piece of Vietnamese history. It’s not for everyone, it’s not Disneyland etc, but if you take time to look, and gather info, you’ll understand why it’s so good to visit. Just find a spot, sit out and chill. It’s 150,000 VND to get in for tourists and come on, they need the funds to rebuild and renovate after the War.

1  Thank jonathanlS2604MC
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

A good place to see some history and get to feel of how the royals lived in those times. Easy to walk around. There aren't many English explanations so having a guide is a very good idea. There are small snacks and shops in the centre of the complex which are way over priced. It gives an interesting insight into aspects of Vietnamese history.

2  Thank gincar2016
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Yes you can do this on your own but we found a lot of signage was only Vietnamese. Luckily we were part of a day tour, & had everything explained. It is certainly a beautiful place to visit, a real must see in Hue.

Thank Countrygal135
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

The citadel covers a very large area and involves a lot of walking. We did see buggies transporting people to various parts of the citadel, but we decided to explore by foot this place of great historic interest, with lavishly decorated palaces and places of worship

Thank zjadavji
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