Hue Citadel
Hue Citadel

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Located along the banks of the Perfume River in central Vietnam, Hue Ancient Citadel is a symbol of the country's rich history and cultural heritage.

This ancient city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site , bringing visitors a fascinating journey through time, unfolding stories of dynasties, emperors and the enduring strength of a nation.

Historical Context

Built in the early 19th century by Emperor Gia Long, Hue Ancient Citadel served as the political, cultural and religious center of the Nguyen court until 1945. The Ancient Citadel covered a large area, surrounded by surrounded by a 10 km long wall and divided into two main parts: the Imperial City and the Forbidden City.

The Imperial City

When visitors step through the soaring gate of the Ancient Citadel Hue, they were brought into a majestic and rich historical world. This vast area has palaces, temples, walls and gates exquisitely designed to reflect the royal architecture of the era.

One of the unique features in the Imperial City is the Gate Ngo Mon, a symbolic building that once served as the main gate to the royal grounds. The five entrances of this gate symbolize the five virtues of Confucianism.

Behind the gate, Thai Hoa Palace, or Emperor's Palace, is a symbol of power and authority. This impressive structure was used for important events, royal ceremonies and to receive important guests.

As visitors wander through the carefully manicured gardens and courtyards , they will encounter other notable works such as the Palaces of Mandarins, Dien Tho Residence and Hau Thu Palace. Each of these works tells a unique story about how the royal court was administered, the culture and lifestyle of the Nguyen Dynasty.

The Forbidden City

Located inside the Imperial City, The Forbidden City is reserved for the emperor, his family and trusted officials. This secluded area is where the emperor conducts state affairs and lives a life of luxury. Although damaged during the Vietnam War, the Forbidden City still appears mysterious and majestic.

The Thai Binh Column and Cung Canh are also important attractions in the Forbidden City. The Canh Palace, in particular, served as the emperor's residence and is an architectural masterpiece with exquisite wood work and detailed design.

Restoration Efforts

Over the years, Hue Citadel has undergone determined restoration efforts to preserve its cultural value. Many structures were damaged during the Vietnam War, but ongoing initiatives continue to restore and maintain the site's historic character.

Visitors can witness the restoration work sophistication, as well as the Vietnamese people's perseverance in preserving their cultural heritage.

The combination of classical appeal and modern conservation efforts creates a unique atmosphere, transporting visitors back to the past and at the same time highlighting the importance of protecting these historical treasures for future generations.

Explore Around

Beyond the Citadel walls, visitors can delve deeper into Hue's history by exploring the surrounding areas. Perfume River, with its charming scenery, offers boat trips to give visitors a different perspective of the city.

Visitors can also visit Thien Mu Pagoda, a famous seven-story pagoda that stands on a hill overlooking the river, adding a layer of culture to Hue.

The Joy of Cuisine

A trip to Hue is indispensable for enjoying the typical cuisine of Hue. this place. The city is famous for its royal cuisine, characterized by elaborate dishes previously reserved only for royalty. Visitors can enjoy specialties Vietnam such as Bun Bo Hue (spicy beef noodle soup), Banh Khoai (Hue-style pancakes) and Nem Lui (grilled lemongrass skewers).

Hue Ancient Citadel stands as an attractive destination for tourists. travelers who want to explore Vietnam's rich history.

From the grandeur of the Imperial City to the mystery of the Forbidden City, every corner of this UNESCO World Heritage Site has stories to tell. a story of emperors, dynasties and the enduring strength of a people. As visitors explore the carefully restored structures and stroll through the meticulously maintained gardens, they not only witness the grandeur of the past but also contribute to the cultural preservation that remains steadfast. Strong enough to stand the test of time.

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Nên đi nha mọi người ơi, đi để thấy nước mình không thua bất kỳ nước nào về mặt kiến trúc, lịch sử vv..v.. Thành rất đẹp, rất hoài cổ, lưu giữ nhiều cổ vật, kiến trúc lịch sử. Vé thành và đại nội luôn là 200k nhưng bên trong rất rộng, mình đi mấy tiếng liền mệt xỉu nhưng chưa đi hết. Lần sau mình sẽ đi nhiều hơn, mn nên đi sáng nha vì trưa ở Huế rất nắng và nóng. Mình đi trưa ngộp muốn xỉu luôn hic nhma mọi thứ rất đẹp và yên bình Ai muốn xuyên không nên coi lại bản đồ toàn thành nha... sáng 4h dậy thỉnh an chắc 12h trưa về được lại cung á =)))
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Merece la pena ir
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Muss man gesehen haben
sooo beautiful, could spend many hours wandering around
This is an absolutely fascinating place to visit. You can spend anywhere from an hour to all day looking at the things in this citadel. There is tons of history. They also offer translated headsets so you can hear the information as you walk around. There are little shops that you can buy things inside, drinks, and food. You can have a tour or just walk around and do your own thing. Definitely a must see in Hue.
Very extensive set of well restored temples and royal government buildings. Good interpretive panels in Vietnamese, French, and English. Pretty remarkable given the damage incurred during the French & American wars!
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Rất đẹp và hoành tráng
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A voir absolument en passant à Hué
Very interesting make you visit with a guided tour
Formidable palais
Cảnh rất đẹp khi bình minh và hoàng hôn. Con đường lý tưởng cho người yêu môn đi bộ
Khu di tích nổi tiếng của VN, khách du lịch rất đông nhưng vẫn giữ đc không gian thoáng đãng, bình yên hiếm có. Gửi xe ô tô tận cửa thành cũng chỉ 12k/xe, điều không tưởng nếu là gửi xe ở HN
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A really interesting place to visit, probably your main reason for coming to Hue
Khung cảnh tuyệt đẹp, gợi lại nhiều ký ức xưa cổ, đầy hoài niệm.
Nét cổ kính, hoa văn chạm khắc từ các mái nhà, ô cửa,... vô cùng đẹp và tinh sảo Vừa đi vừa chụp hình thì tầm 1 ngày mới đi hết được toàn bộ Kinh thành Homestay mình ở Trầm, cô chủ dễ thương
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Great place to hear about the dynasty
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Rất đẹp và bổ ích về lịch sử
Địa điểm nhất định phải đến khi du lịch Huế. Vé vào 200k/ người lớn. Không gian rộng, thoáng, rất nhiều góc checkin. Điện Kiến Trung mới hoàn thành cũng rất đẹp. Mọi người nên chuẩn bị sẵn nước uống và đồ ăn nhẹ vì vui chơi ở đây có thể hết cả ngày
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Di tích lịch sử lâu đời của VN, du lịch Huế thì ko thể bỏ qua địa danh này
Exploring the Hue Historic Citadel was an unforgettable journey back in time. The sprawling complex, with its majestic palaces, grand temples, and imposing walls, offers a vivid glimpse into Vietnam's royal past. The intricate details and the serene gardens within the citadel provided a peaceful respite from the bustling city. It's a testament to the cultural richness and architectural prowess of the Nguyen Dynasty. A visit here is essential for anyone looking to immerse themselves in Vietnam's history and heritage.
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Sự cổ kinh..!
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Great historical spot

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