Hue Citadel

Location: Hue Citadel is situated on the Northern bank of the Perfume River.
Characteristic: With an area of 500ha and a system of three circles of ramparts, namely from outside to inside: Kinh Thanh Hue (Hue Capital Citadel), Hoang Thanh (Royal Citadel) and Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden 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 since 1993.

 

Ngu Binh Mountain in the south is used as a front screening elevation. Two sand dunes of The Con Hen and Con Da Vien on the Perfume River are chosen as geomancy condition "dragon on the left, tiger on the right" to protect the capital city.

 

Kinh Thanh Hue (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.

 

The Citadel, square in shape, is almost 10km in circumference, 6m high, 21m thick and 10 entrances. On the top of the walls that surround it, 24 bastions are established for defensive purposes. Besides, the Citadel has an ancillary gate connecting the Tran Binh Bastion called the Thai Binh Mon (Peace Gate).

 

 

Hoang Thanh (Royal Citadel or Imperial City)
The Imperial City is located in the centre of the Citadel where established highest offices of Viet Nam'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 divided many sectors: 

          - Sector for the Ngo Mon Gate and the Thai Hoa Palace: This is the place for setting up various grand ceremonies.

          - Sector for worship shrines of the Kings Nguyen: Trieu Mieu, Thai Mieu, Hung Mieu, The Mieu and Phung Tien Temples.

          - Sector for internal affairs office: Storehouse for precious objects, workshop for manufacturing various useful articles. 

         - Sectors for the Kham Van Palace and the Co Ha Garden: place where the princes are studying or enjoying.

 

Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden Citadel)
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. Dai Cung Mon (the Great Palace Gate) is in the front side for the Kings. Can Chanh Palace (the place for daily working of Emperors). Can Thanh (Emperor's Private Palace), Khon Thai Residence (Queen's Private Apartment) reserved for the Queen. Duyet Thi Duong house (Royal Theatre), Thuong Thien (the kitchen for the Kings' food), Thai Binh Lau (King's reading room)...

 

In addition, there are also famous royal tombs and temples of Kings Nguyen outside Hue Citadel. Seven tombs with different aspect are not only a wonderful arch but also combining beautiful, imposing nature and poetic of Hue. Ancient Hue including Perfume River and Ngu Mountain, palaces and citadels, tombs and temples with hundred of historic years are being embellished and recovered by material contribution of Vietnamese and International community in order to keep Hue City as World cultural heritage.

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NEARBY DESTINATIONS
Hue Festival

Thua Thien - Hue

Dong Ba Market

Thua Thien - Hue

Duyet Thi Duong Theatre

Thua Thien - Hue

Bach Ma National Park

Thua Thien - Hue

WHERE TO STAY
Heritage Hue Hotel

Add: 9 Ly Thuong Kiet St., Hue City

Tel: (84-234) 3838 887/ 3838 888

Duy Tan 2 Hotel

Add: 46 Tran Quang Khai St., Hue City

Tel: (84-234) 3936 986

Duy Tan Hotel

Add: 12 Hung Vuong St., Hue City

Tel: (84-234) 3825 001/ 3826 479

Alba Spa Hotel

Add: 29 Tran Quang Khai St., Hue City

Tel: (84-234) 3828 444

Jasmine Hotel

Add: 8-10 Chu Van An St., Hue City

Tel: (84-234) 3830 111

EMM Hue Hotel

Add: 15 Ly Thuong Kiet, Hue City

Tel: (84-234) 3828 255

Pilgrimage Village Boutique resort & Spa

Add: 130 Minh Mang St., Hue City

Tel: (84-234) 3885 461

Moonlight Hue Hotel

Add: 20 Pham Ngu Lao St., Hue City

Tel: (84-234) 3979 797

Imperial Hotel

Add: 8 Hung Vuong St., Hue City

Tel: (84-234) 3882 222

Midtown Hotel

Add: 29 Doi Cung St., Hue City

Tel: (84-234) 6260 888

Indochine Palace Hotel

Add: 105A Hung Vuong St., Hue City

Tel: (84-234) 3936 666

Huong Giang Hotel Resort & Spa

Add: 51 Le Loi St., Hue City

Tel: (84-234) 3822 122

Hotel Saigon Morin

Add: 30 Le Loi St., Hue City

Tel: (84-234) 3823 526

La Residence Hotel & Spa

Add: 5 Le Loi St., Hue City

Tel: (84-234) 3837 475

Century Riverside Hue Hotel

Add: 49 Le Loi St., Hue City

Tel: (84-234) 3823 390/ 3823 391

Green Hue Hotel

Add: 2 Le Loi St., Hue City

Tel: (84-234) 2220 555

Cherish Hotel

Add: 57 - 59 Ben Nghe St. Hue City

Tel: (84-234) 3943 943

Romance Hotel

Add: 16 Nguyen Thai Hoc St., Hue City

Tel: (84-234) 3898 888

Eldora Hotel

Add: 60 Ben Nghe St., Hue City

Tel: (84-234) 3866 666

Park View Hotel

Add: 9 Ngo Quyen St., Hue City

Tel: (84-234) 3837 382/ 3837 740

WHERE TO EAT
Take restaurant

Add: 34 Tran Cao Van St., Hue City

Tel: (84-234) 3848 262

Duyen Anh restaurant

Add: Phu My Commune, Phu Vang Dist.

Tel: (84-234) 3850 195

Nam Chau Hoi Quan restaurant

Add: 4 Kim Long St., Hue City

Tel: (84-234) 3510 587/ 3590 111

Ong tao restaurant

Add: 31 Chu Van An St., Hue City

Tel: (84-234) 3821 732

Leaf Info restaurant

Add: 96 Minh Mang St., Hue City

Tel: (84-234) 3896 538

Ca Dao restaurant

Add: 142/2 Nguyen Sinh Cung St., Hue City

Tel: (84-234) 3938 795/ 0935 4850 52

Little Italy restaurant

Add: 2A Vo Thi Sau St., Hue City

Tel: (84-234) 3826 928

Chillout Mai Vien restaurant

Add: 11 Vo Thi Sau St., Hue City

Tel: (84-234) 3933 868

Space Xua restaurant

Add: 205 Dien Bien Phu St., Hue City

Tel: (84-234) 3886 788

Khai Hoan restaurant

Add: 90-94 Le Loi St., Hue City

Tel: (84-234) 3837 827

World-weary restaurant

Add: 65/16 Le Ngo Cat St., Hue City

Tel: (84-234) 3886 296

So 1 Hang Me restaurant

Add: 12 Vo Thi Sau St., Hue City

Tel: (84-234) 0905 1906 80

Quynh Huong restaurant

Add: 133 Nguyen Sinh Cung St., Hue City

Tel: (84-234) 3822 890

Ngu Uyen restaurant

Add: 6 Nguyen Hue St., Hue City

Tel: (84-234) 3626 533

Ancient Hue restaurant

Add: 4/4/8 K35 Pham Thi Lien St., Hue City

Tel: (84-234) 3590 356

Banh Beo Ba Cu restaurant

Add: 23/177 Phan Dinh Phung St., Hue City

Tel: (84-234) 3832 890

Club Garden restaurant

Add: 12 Vo Thi Sau St., Hue City

Tel: (84-234) 3826 327

Com hen Truong Dinh restaurant

Add: 2 Truong Dinh St., Hue City

Tel: (84-234) 3833 511

Huyen Anh restaurant

Add: 52/1 Kim Long Ward, Hue City

Tel: (84-234) 3826 655

Lac Thanh restaurant

Add: 6A Dinh Tien Hoang St., Hue City

Tel: (84-234) 3524 674