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Hue Citadel

For approximately 400 years, Hue has become a great landscape and architectural site. Hue royal complex has been officially recognized by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Hue Citadel is situated on the North of the Perfume River with an area of 500ha and a system of three circles of ramparts, namely from outside to inside: Hue Capital Citadel, Royal Citadel and Forbidden Citadel.

Hue Citadel
Hue Citadel

Hue has chosen to be the capital city of the Southern Kingdom by all Lords Nguyen and officially became the capital under Tay Son Dynasty. For approximately 400 years, Hue has become a great landscape and architectural site. Hue royal complex has been officially recognized by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Hue Capital Citadel

This construction stared in 1805 under the reign of Emperor Gia Long and completed in 1832 under the reign of Emperor Ming Mang. Under Nguyen Dynasty, the Kings had ordered to build ramparts, palaces and constructional works for royal. Over 200 years to now, it is still original with nearly 140 small and large constructions.

Royal Citadel (Imperial City)

Ngo Mon gate
Ngo Mon gate

The Imperial City is located in the centre of the Citadel where established highest offices of Vietnam's feudalism and sanctums honouring the cult of decreased Emperors. The Citadel, also has a nearly square form, with more than 600m long for each side, built of brick 4m high, 1m thick, around which is ditched a system of protection trench. Access to the Imperial City can be made by four entrance gates. Royal Citadel consists of more 100 beautiful constructional works.

Forbidden Citadel

 
Hue Citadel, photo: zing.vn
Hue Citadel, photo: zing.vn

Located inside the Imperial City, behind the Throne Palace, the Forbidden Purple Citadel is reserved for Emperor and his family. Constructed early under reign of Emperor Gia Long in 1804 with brick walls of 3.72m high, 0.72m thick, about 1,230m in circumference. Its front and back sides are 324m each while either left and right side is more than 290m including 50 architectural constructions of different sizes and 7 gates for facilities of entrance and exit. The Great Palace Gate is in the front side for the Kings. Can Chanh Palace was the place for daily working of Emperors. Can Thanh was Emperor's Private Palace, Khon Thai Residence was Queen's Private Apartment reserved for the Queen. Duyet Thi Duong house was Royal Theatre, Thuong Thien wasthe kitchen for the Kings' food, Thai Binh Lau was King's reading room…

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Add: Hue Citadel is situated on the Northern bank of the Perfume River – Hue city
Entrance fee: 150.000vnd/person
Opening hours:
Summer: 06:30 – 17:30
Winter: 07:00 – 17:00
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