The Hue Citadel (Hue Imperial City)

Hue Imperial City (Hue Citadel) in Vietnam has been compared with the thousand-year-old wonders of humanity in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list. The Imperial City of Hue consists of a huge complex with hundreds of Vietnam War monuments and ruins. Travelers that enter Hue Citadel can see the Imperial City, Forbidden Purple City, king tombs, a library, and a museum, a flag tower, pagodas, and temples, all of which provide fascinating knowledge and experience.


Gia Long, the king who established the Nguyen Dynasty, wanted to construct the magnificent edifice in 1803. Under Minh Mang's reign, the Hue Imperial City (Hue Citadel) was finally completed in 27 years, from 1805 to 1832, making it the most gigantic edifice ever erected in modern Vietnamese history, using thousands of employees, millions of cubic meters of rock, and a significant amount of onerous duty. With a total land area of 520 acres, the edifice is located on the northern bank of the Huong River, turning south. The site was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993, with the remaining structures being actively restored and protected following the Vietnam War's damage.


The Hue Imperial City spans a 10 kilometer-circle, a height of 6.6 meters, and a thickness of 21 meters, with forts placed in a meandering pattern, accompanied by cannons, artillery, and ammunition. Initially, the stronghold was constructed entirely of earth, which was later covered with bricks. The intricate canal system that surrounds the city serves not only as a protective barrier but also as a waterway with over seven kilometers of length.

Hue Imperial City is divided into two main portions, excluding dwellings and mansions, by ten beautiful gates: The Citadel and The Forbidden City. The former was used to safeguard the key palaces on the inside, while the latter was used to house the emperor and his family as well as the court. All of the ancient Eastern structures, such as stately palaces, tombs, and museums, are arranged in a pleasing manner to create an extremely entertaining attraction right in the center of Vietnam.


The Hue Imperial City is easily accessible. Head straight to 1A Highway from Phu Bai International Airport, and then you'll be standing next to a large gate heading inside, and all that's left for you to do is marvel at the majesty of Hue's Imperial City.

See more

  • Truong Tien Bridge of Hue

    Truong Tien Bridge (also called Trang Tien Bridge), a symbol of Hue Imperial City, spans romantic Perfume River. It was built in 1897 with Gothic architecture by Gustav...

  • Le Dai Hanh King Temple

    King Le Dai Hanh was a national hero, famous general, and an effective arm of King Dinh Tien Hoang in the process of suppressing the 12 warlords and reunifying the country....

  • Tan Chau Black Silk Weaving Village

    Tan Chau silk is known for its softness, hardness, extended wearability, and high absorbency of natural silk. All Tan Chau silk garments provide comfort, cooling in the...

  • Golden Stream & Waterfall of Love

    When visiting Sapa, tourists have many lovely spots to choose from, including the Golden Stream – Love Waterfall. Going to the end of the beautiful...

  • Central Market of Hoi An Town

    Strengthen your negotiation talents and head towards Hoi An Central Market-one of the best shopping in Vietnam-to the southeast. Rich in the smell of scented herbs and...

  • Sa Dec Floral Village

    Sa Dec is home to a variety of flowers and is one of South Vietnam's floral centers. The best time to visit Sa Dec village is in the spring, when all of the flowers are...

  • Long Bien Bridge (formerly Doumer Bridge)

    The Long Bien Bridge, which spans the Red River, is one of the icons of bravery in wartime, one of 4 biggest bridge in the world in 1900s.

  • The Tam Coc – Bich Dong

    Tam Coc – Bich Dong is one of the most beautiful landscapes in Ninh Binh. After millions of years of creation, this place still retains many pristine and natural...

  • Van Lam Lace Embroidery Village

    The noble old features of a lace embroidery village are increasingly colorful in Van Lam ( Ninh Hai commune, Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh province ) . Going to Van...

  • Nha Rong Historical Harbor

    Nha Rong harbor ( or Ho Chi Minh Museum, branch in Ho Chi Minh City ) is a renowned Saigon tourist attraction. In 1911, this is where President Ho Chi Minh set off...

Booking with confidence

Best Value
Customer's satisfaction is the biggest goal and inspiration in our career. We always try our best to deliver as much pleasure as possible to every tourist...
Best Price Guarantee
At Viet Leading Travel™, We are confident to ensure the best and cannot-be-better price for you. Please take a look at our Best Price Guarantee policy
Best Local Support
We are local people, We are always here to support you 24/7 - ready to listen and arrange everything as your desire. Surely, you will feel satisfactory!
Certificate of Excellence 2015
We are proud to be 2015 winner and awarded the Certificate of Excellence 2015 by Tripadvisor

Join to get special offers & great promotions

Enter your email to quickly get Great Promotion Code, Special offers, Hot deals, and Huge discounts. Don't miss out!