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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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War damaged but still interesting

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... read more

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Surrey
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday 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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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday 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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7 reviews
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Reviewed 2 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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Greater London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My bf and I were really excited to visit the citadel but we're sadly completely unimpressed it. At first the guard wasn't going to let me in because I wasn't covered up properly but after I saw he let another girl in, dressed the same as me, I had to argue my point with him. He eventually let me in.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Increfible to see this place and know the history behind it. Such a shame so much was destroyed in the war. The Chinese influence is striking. Definitely worth seeing.

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Thank heartsminds
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very Interesting, Really Big and a lot of interesting history, great if you feel like a wander or want to discover more details about huē specifically

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Perth Western Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Incredible site. Spend 2 - 3 hours. Get a guide at the entry. The Citadel is so well preserved, it's incredibly interesting to see how Vietnamese royalty lived. Definitely worth your time. Highly recommended.

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Thank waterman2012
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Very interesting, great place to learn about Vietnamese culture. Restorations are amazing, such detail being input.

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Thank SassiSez
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Instead of joining a city tour which bundles the Citadel together with the tombs, it should be done on its own. It is a smaller version of Beijing's Forbidden Palace, built in the Nguyen dynasty of 18th century. Much of it was destroyed by wars. Evidence can be seen as I walked around. I spent 3 hours there. Interesting find:... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you happen to be in Hue this is a must see attraction. It took us about 5 hours to explore around. You need to buy a ticket (150.000 VND) We walked around on foot but if you are short on time you can get around quicker in one of the electric car tours. The whole complex has many different... More 

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