Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)

Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)

Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)
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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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  • Sol
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Lavish Experience You Won't Soon Forget
    From the moment you step through the gates, you'll be overwhelmed by the lavishness of the Citadel. The intricate architecture and colorful decorations make it a sight to behold and will leave you feeling like royalty. The Imperial City also offers a variety of activities to keep you entertained, from exploring the many palaces to shopping in the bustling markets. With so much to do and see, you won't soon forget your visit to this regal city.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 May 2023
  • L N
    Bristol, United Kingdom328 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting (though not attractive to my eyes)
    Unmissable part of Vietnamese history. They’ve done a lot of restoration since other half’s visit 20 years ago. He assured me that there were only bomb craters and it would only take 5 minutes, but fortunately he was completely wrong! Lots to see, from the bullet holes to the Empress Dowager’s quarters. It was atmospheric with all the Vietnamese decked out in traditional costume for the special 5-day Bank Holiday.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 28 May 2023
  • Biffro
    London, United Kingdom1,420 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unmissable
    We got here early as it gets really hot here during the day, and even at 9am we were sweltering. This site is incredible, and at every turn there is an amazing historical building to look at, the most beautiful gardens and pretty bridges and waterways. It was sad to see that some of the buildings were in dire need of repair, and renovations are very necessary, but you can see that work is in progress with some areas - the site is huge and you will need at least 2-3 hours to walk around this beautiful place. An unmissable attraction when in Hue and well worth coming to see.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 June 2023
  • Mcnish
    Edmonton, United Kingdom5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit place for anyone looking to experience the rich culture of the city
    From the elaborate temples to the intricate embroidery, from the impressive fortifications to the elaborate gardens, this is a place that will leave you in awe. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most important cultural sites in Vietnam. The Citadel is a great place to explore and learn about the history of the city. It is also a great place to take in the stunning views of the city and the surrounding countryside. A place to experience the culture and history of Hue.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 4 June 2023
  • Chedrey1910
    Atlanta, Georgia178 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Larger than expected.
    This turned out to be much larger than I had thought. You could spend a half day to a full day exploring it all. They have golf cart cars you can rent to take you all over. It’s a nice walk though with lots of areas to pop into for shade. I would suggest the audio tour.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 June 2023
  • charles
    Harrow, United Kingdom5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-see for anyone looking to explore the country's impressive architecture, grand palaces, and vibrant artistry
    From the majestic Citadel, to the grand palaces, to the colourful lanterns, the city is a feast for the eyes. The Citadel is a stunning example of traditional Vietnamese architecture, and its grand palaces are a testament to the country's vibrant artistry. The colourful lanterns that adorn the city's streets add a unique touch of colour and beauty to the city. The city is also home to many vibrant markets, where visitors can find a variety of local goods and souvenirs. The city is a perfect destination for those looking to experience the culture and beauty of Vietnam.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 June 2023
  • NAI
    Melbourne, Australia4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-see attraction for those visiting Hue, Vietnam
    With its elaborate marble carvings, intricate gates, and impressive architecture, it is no wonder that it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the area. The walls of the Citadel are made of brick and stone, and are surrounded by a moat. Inside, visitors will find a complex of palaces, courtyards, and gardens. The architecture of the Citadel is a stunning blend of Chinese, Vietnamese, and French influences, and is sure to impress even the most seasoned traveler. The marble carvings and intricate gates are a testament to the skill of the artisans who created them. Whether you are looking for a unique cultural experience or simply want to marvel at the impressive architecture, Hue Imperial City (The Citadel) is the perfect place to visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 June 2023
  • Tran Quoc Tuan (Daniel)
    Hanoi, Vietnam175 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nơi yêu thích nhất miền Trung Việt Nam
    The Imperial City of Huế is a walled enclosure within the citadel of the city of Huế, the former imperial capital of Vietnam during the Nguyễn dynasty. It contains the palaces that housed the imperial family, as well as shrines, gardens, and villas for mandarins1. Constructed in 1803 under Emperor Gia Long as a new capital, it mostly served a ceremonial function during the French colonial period. After the end of the monarchy in 1945, it suffered heavy damage and neglect during the Indochina Wars through the 1980s. The Imperial City was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993 
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 29 June 2023
  • worldnomad_01
    Los Angeles, California1,597 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful, interesting and relaxing place
    I found the Imperial City (The Citadel) to be charming, interesting and pleasant. It was, perhaps the most interesting and charming place I visited in my trip to Vietnam. It was like a very relaxing walk in a huge park, where now and then you came across temples, palaces and other buildings in different stages of restoration. Because it is so large, it is almost never too crowded and you almost never have to stay in line to see any of its beauties. If you have the time, you could easily spend half a day here, may be even longer, just wondering around, admiring the flowers, the vegetation and the colors and architecture of the various buildings. Yes, it is not a Borobudur, a Prambanan or a Angkor Wat, but it is a lovely and relaxing place...
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 June 2023
  • Shareef
    London, United Kingdom8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Marvel at elaborate temples and majestic pagodas
    This ancient citadel, located in Hue, Vietnam, is home to numerous elaborate temples and majestic pagodas. From the intricate sculptures that adorn the walls to the grand entrance gates, you'll be in awe of the sheer magnitude of this grandiose structure. The vibrant colors and intricate details of the temples and pagodas will leave you in awe. Whether you're a history buff or simply looking for a unique experience, Hue Imperial City is a must-see. Don't miss out on the chance to marvel at this stunning sight.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 June 2023
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Clerissa C
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The architecture and planning of the capital is very good, a very beautiful place to take photos on sunny days. Many structures, sculptures, and carvings on wood are still kept intact.
Written 10 May 2024
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Mina N
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
An incredible site to visit and understand, even in the rain. The architecture is amazing, especially the ceramics & the lacquered columns. Great restoration! Go with a guide to fully appreciate!
Written 9 May 2024
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Naron
Australia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The impressive architecture of palaces and pavilions, set against a majestic landscape, conveyed a sense of power and artistry. Within the walls, we were captivated by the intricate embroidery and artifacts that hinted at the lives of former emperors. The lush vegetation softened the landscape, providing a sense of balance. While some areas are still undergoing restoration, the sheer scale and historical significance of the Hue Imperial City make it a must-visit for anyone interested in Vietnamese history and culture.
Written 7 May 2024
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Wendy
Pukekohe, New Zealand11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Ruby was a fabulous tour guide - she spoke excellent English and an amazing knowledge of the history of all of the sites. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Ruby and recommend her highly
Written 1 May 2024
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JGMcG
Newport, UK341 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
I absolutely loved our recent visit to the Citadel complex. Such a stunning place with a variety of buildings to explore. You could easily spend all day wondering around. The chaos at the entry gates to buy a ticket was really quite bad but once we finally got in it was well worth it.
Written 1 May 2024
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F M
Melbourne, Australia181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Walking through this historic city was such a delight - the beauty, the architecture, the precision. Highly recommend a visit
Written 29 April 2024
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Martin G
Bramhall, UK113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Due to the current heatwave and from others recommendations we got there for 7.30am, we successfully beat the crowds, but weren't so lucky with the heat🥵
It's a large site with a lot to see, but away from the main buildings the gardens to the east were an oasis of calm & I would recommend exploring these.
This worked for us as most of the large groups that arrived after us had moved on and we could see the buildings etc in relative calm.
Written 27 April 2024
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dianedinky
Dunfermline, UK1,353 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
The main point of going to Hue is for its history as the imperial capital, so I don't understand those who say not to bother visiting the citadel or who criticise the place for being too historical and boring!
Yes, it is a much bigger complex than you first imagine so, of course, be prepared for lots of walking. I always have comfy walking shoes on when on trips as it is common sense. The earlier you can go the better to avoid any heat issues - again common sense. We had a guide for extra information and to ensure we didn't get lost.
The palace buildings and gardens and very photogenic and was nice to see little golden dragon gifts in the shrine rather than the usual buddahs!
We encountered some street sellers outside but didn't hassle us and were actually selling lovely and refreshing fresh pineapple. Nice.
Written 24 April 2024
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Neiba Z
9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
It's huge with lot of things to see. You will need to walk much. It's very hot when we came here but worth seeing. There were some nice things as tombs, pagodas and market to see here. We also did a night cruise on purfume river with traditional music. All good.
Written 23 April 2024
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Mandel W
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
If you've seen one ancient citadel, you've seen them all. The Imperial City was okay, but unless you're a history buff, it was a bit underwhelming.
Written 21 April 2024
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