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Hue Imperial City (The Citadel)

The majestic Hue Imperial city was once a place for the royal family’s important affairs. Today, it is a famous attraction that reminds tourists of the glory of Hue’s royal days.

Despite the ravages of war that deeply affected Hue, the Imperial City still stands majestically — albeit lacking the majority of its most prominent buildings, its city gates, walls, and pavilions are still worth the visit. Learn more about the famous royal family as you visit their elaborate tombs and get in touch with their beliefs by visiting the Thien Mu Pagoda. The Citadel in Hue Imperial City has endless sights that will surely delight visitors — apart from the historical landmarks, visitors can also bask in the beauty of nearby gardens and ponds and the stunning architecture of various buildings.



Hue Imperial City (The Citadel) is located in Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam.


Opening Days and Hours

Opens daily from 8:00 to 17:30. Closing time every Thursday is 22:00.


Entry Fee and Bookings

Entrance to this attraction is VND 150,000 (USD 6.60).


How to Get There

  • Fly from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City to Hue via Vietnam Airlines.
  • From the airport, board a taxi to city centre.
  • Charter a taxi to The Citadel. You can also reach this attraction via a rented bicycle or motorcycle.


Suggested For

  • Solo travelers
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Groups of friends


Time to Spend

Suggested duration in this attraction is three hours.


Popularity and Best Time to Go

The best time to visit is between 8:00 and 11:00. If you want to avoid the scorching heat, visit between 13:00 and 17:00.



Guided tour of the Citadel


Dining options near Hue Imperial City (The Citadel) include Y Thao Garden, Ganesh Indian Restaurant, Lac Thien, Family Home Restaurant, Mandarin Cafe, Nook Cafe and Bar, and Nina’s Cafe.


Nearby Attractions

  • The Tomb of Minh Mang
  • Pagoda of the Celestial Lady
  • The Mieu
  • Ho Chi Minh Museum



For accommodations, you can choose from Duy Tan Hotel, Gold Hotel, Cherish Hotel, Century Riverside Hotel, Hotel La Perle, Hotel Romance, Hue Serene Palace Hotel, Emm Hotel, Orchid Hotel, and Alba Spa Hotel. Rates range from USD 30 to USD 75.

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