I always tell my friends who plan to travel to Hue that it'd be like a peaceful walk back in time when Vietnam was ruled by royalties, specifically the Nguyen dynasty. Hue is a city full of interesting historical sights and even more interesting stories. On top of the list of must-visit places is the Hue Citadel. The entrance leads to the Hue Citadel, built with 24 bastions for defense. Walk further deep into the complex and you will find the Royal Citadel or the Imperial City, where the highest offices of the Vietnamese royal dynasty were held. Inside the Imperial City, there's the Forbidden Citadel or the Forbidden Purple City, which was reserved for the Emperor and his family. Imagine walking on the grounds walked only by the royalty in the past! (Also, as you might have realized, it's a citadel within a citadel within a citadel!)
Tip: Get a guide when you visit the Hue Citadel, the structures are beautiful but your trip is a lot more worthwhile when you learn about why these structures were built in the first place and gain a better understanding of this important period in Vietnam's history.
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Hue Anh, Christina's
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