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.

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