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Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)

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Hue is located in central Vietnam. Complex of Hue Monuments lies along the Perfume River in Hue City . The main enceinte, the Capital City, is square in plan, each side measuring 2,235 m. The Imperial City is surrounded by 4 walls with about 600m long each and 4 gates, one of which is Ngo Mon (Noon Gate), considered the symbol of the Citadel.
That architectural system consists of Kinh Thanh (Capital Citadel), Hoang Thanh (Royal Citadel) and Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden Citadel). Hoang Thanh wasbuilt in 1804 but until the reign of Minh Mang it wasfinished with more than 100 projects: Therefore, when talking about Hue, people often mention and think of the golden palace, the splendid temples, magnificent tombs, or poetic natural landscapes, etc.

For approximately 400 years, Hue has become a great landscape and architectural site. Thanks to the long precious history, Hue has integrated material and spiritual values, which become its own unique special culture. Hue royal complex has been officially recognized by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Once again, in 2003 Nha Nhac, Vietnames Court Music was recognized as World Heritage by UNESCO.

Should you ever come inside the citadel, taking a look into the special feudal relics of immense architectural and cultural values, you will surely more or less love the traditional and classical side of Vietnam.


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Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)
Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)



Thai Hoa Palace
Thai Hoa Palace
 Noon Gate (Ngo Mon)
 Noon Gate (Ngo Mon)
 Noon Gate (Ngo Mon)


 Noon Gate (Ngo Mon)
 Noon Gate (Ngo Mon)
Corner Detail of the Ngo Mon Gate


Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)
Thai Hoa Palace
Thai Hoa Palace
Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)
Corridor - Imperial Enclosure


Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)


The lotus lake in Tu Duc Tomb


Complex of Hue Monuments
The Old Citadel of Hue


Complex of Hue Monuments


Complex of Hue Monuments

Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)
Complex of Hue Monuments
Forbidden Purple



Complex of Hue Monuments
Hue Citadel Gazebo - This gazebo like structure is right behind the Thai Hoa palace


Complex of Hue Monuments
Complex of Hue Monuments
Minh Mang Tomb
Complex of Hue Monuments
A Grand Archway





Complex of Hue Monuments


Complex of Hue Monuments

 Complex of Hue Monuments




Complex of Hue Monuments


Entrance to the forbidden city



Complex of Hue Monuments
Tu Duc Tomb
If you like something mysterious and valuably architectural, you should take a visit to the tombs of ancient Kings. Situated in the middle of the hills on the Southern bank of Perfume River are very beautiful tombs of Nguyen Kings. Among these tombs are the four famous ones with the name and the arrangements of the tomb reflected each Emperor's points of view, personality and tastes.This is majestic Gia Long tomb, imposing Minh Mang tomb, poetic Tu Duc tomb and magnificent Khai Dinh tomb.

Emperor Khai Dinh Tomb
Face of Guardian of Tomb of Khai Dinh in Hue


Emperor Khai Dinh Tomb
Emperor Khai Dinh Tomb, Hue Vietnam


Thiên Mụ Pagoda
Thiên Mụ Pagoda
Thiên Mụ Pagoda



Drying cored stick incense
Drying cored stick incense
Hue Citadel Flag Tower
Girls on bicycles - Cot Co Flag Tower
Hue Citadel Flag Tower
Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)




Hue city
Hue city A little sailing on a fine day
Perfume river
With the blue water, Huong riverwinding immense moutains, overacross Hue citadel making a chamingscene
Perfume river
Buildings and their reflection along the Perfume river at sunrise in the suburbs of Hue, Vietnam
Lang Co Beach
Lang Co Beach is one of the mostplace beauty scene and best naturalcondition with blue water and the vasttropical forests


Lang Co Beach
Lang Co Beach
Lap An lagoon
Lap An lagoon
Lăng Cô Village Huế
Lăng Cô Village Huế
Thanh Toan tile-roofed bridge
Thanh Toan tile-roofed bridge
Hue city by night
Hue by night.
Hue city by night
Picture taken from the terrasse (King’s Panorama Bar) of the Imperial Hotel


Trang Tien Bridge by night
Trang Tien Bridge


Trang Tien Bridge by night
Trang Tien Bridge over Huong river


National high school (Trường Quốc Học Huế)
National high school (Trường Quốc Học Huế) - École primaire supérieur

Besides all these, Hue’s culture is also found in its famous “non la” or conical hats. You can meet a long-haired Hue’s Vietnamese girl in the traditional long dress (Áo dài) and a graceful conical hat.

Vietnamese traditional long dress (Áo dài)
Vietnamese girls wearing conical hats
Vietnamese girls wearing conical hats

Vietnamese traditional long dress (Áo dài)

Vietnamese traditional long dress (Áo dài)



Vietnamese traditional long dress (Áo dài)



Vietnamese traditional long dress (Áo dài)


Vietnamese traditional long dress (Áo dài)


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  1. I have been to Hue and was really impressed with its monuments.

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