Located on the bank of Huong River, Hue Imperial Citadel is considered as a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO. Its brilliant ancient architecture and historical stories behind have made it one of the top must- see destinations in Hue.
The citadel compound was built by the Nguyen Dynasty from 1805-1945. It has a circumference of 10 kilometers with the height of 6.6 meters and 21 meters thick with forts being meanderingly arranged, accompanied by cannons, artilleries and ammunitions. Initially the fortress was built solely by soil, only to be replaced by bricks afterward. Surrounding the Citadel is the complicated canal system served not only as a protection but also as a waterway with nearly seven kilometers.
There are total of ten main majestic gates leading to the Citadel, which can be divided into two main parts excluding houses and mansions: The Royal Citadel and The Forbidden Citadel.
The Royal Citadel is situated in the central citadel, which established highest offices of Vietnam’s feudalism and sanctums honoring of King. The Citadel has a square form with more than 600 meters and 4 meters thick. Going to the Citadel, visitors can access four entrances. Noon Gate is the entrance that used for the King. Royal Palace included more 100 beautiful constructions.
The Forbidden Citadel was constructed early in the reign of Gia Long in 1804 with 3.72 meter height 0.72 meter thick. Forbidden citadel consists of 50 architectural constructions and 7 entrances. In addition, Hue is also famous for royal tombs and temples of Nguyen dynasty. 7 tombs are not only a wonderful art but also symbols for Hue architecture.