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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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Hue City Sightseeing Tour with Perfume River Cruise

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Of course you're going here

Cool complex and lots to see over a pretty large area. We skipped the guided tour and just went on our own, which seemed fine for us. I'm sure that did it a bit of a disservice... read more

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Cool complex and lots to see over a pretty large area. We skipped the guided tour and just went on our own, which seemed fine for us. I'm sure that did it a bit of a disservice but sometimes you want a quicker outing. Lots of cool photo ops around every corner.

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing place to see and learn so much about the history of the Nguyen Dynasty and all it's Emporers. A must see!! Quoc Ho was an informative and helpful tour guide with lots of knowledge

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Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Don't believe any forums that say it's 33,000vnd - it's now 150,000vnd to enter the Citadel. We walked around it for about 2.5 hours and covered about 7km. Nice to see if you have time but it's quite run down in places with renovation work ongoing. Perhaps if you went as part of a tour group - you would get... More 

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Thank Snowpet
Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Citadel is a huuuge city. We were happy to have a guide to get some details about all those buildings, otherwise, you don't understand so much of the dynamic of the old city. Unfortunately, we had the impression to run a little bit: the site is so big that you could easily spend a whole day visiting all the... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The buildings that are still standing are very impressive and it is a massive site. A good few hours could be spent here. They have toilets and refreshment stalls dotted about the whole site. You need a guide as there are not a lot of info boards around and it is easy to miss whole sections. The flooring is uneven... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

At the moment they are opening the imperial city of an evening and they advertise that if you come back the same evening it is half price for the evening session. However no information on how it works. It turns out you have to get the guy at the exit to stamp a card for you but he wasn't cooperative... More 

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Reigate, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a really impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site near the Perfume River in Hue and dates from the time of the monarchy. It is a massive site and it can be tiring, so take it slowly and take plenty of water and a hat. There is a Korean made video using computer imagery which is worth watching, and it... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a sprawling complex where emperors of old resided. Despite much damage being inflicted during the French skirmishes in 1947 and during the Vietnam war, this site is still worth visiting.

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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My wife and I visited the place in a terribly hot day in April. The place is very interesting, even if most of the buildings are being rebuilt/restored Years of wars and a difficult climate took a hard tool on the place. There is a lot to read and to visit, the imperial City is quite large. Be sure to... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Walking tour but many things to see in the big compound. Can also rent buggies to go around inside the compound about 10-15 minutes but buggies did not stop even for the photo shoot. Shady and nice place to visit.

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