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East Gate at the Citadel

Citadel Visit

East Gate at the Citadel

Crossing to the north bank of the Perfume River, you will enter the imposing moated Citadel, built by Emperor Gia Long in 1804.

Surrounded by walls 20 m thick, the Citadel contains the Forbidden Purple City, home to the Emperor, his concubines and eunuchs! Much of the original structure was destroyed during the Tet Offensive in 1968, although with the help of UNESCO funding it is gradually being restored to its former glory.

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Other experiences in Hue

These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can suggest tours and activities that will introduce you to the local ways of life.

  • Perfume River Journey
    Working on the Perfume River

    Perfume River Journey

    Perfume River Journey

    During a two-hour journey upriver you can first explore Thien Mu Pagoda, a serene and picturesque landmark which is also an important Buddhist site.

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  • Y Thao Garden Restaurant cookery course
    Y Thao Garden Restaurant, Hue

    Y Thao Garden Restaurant cookery course

    Y Thao Garden Restaurant cookery course

    Located near the ancient citadel in a peaceful suburb of Hue, the Y Thao cooking school is a truly unique way to learn more about Vietnamese cuisine and, of course, lend a hand in creating a culinary masterpiece.

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Experience it for yourself

You can enjoy this activity as part of the suggested tours below, or we can weave it into a trip shaped entirely around you.