People come to Hue not only to enjoy the romantic and poetic beauty, but also preserve the vestiges of Hue Imperial Citadel, the old royal palace of the Nguyen Dynasty in Vietnam. Hue Imperial Citadel is a unique and ancient architectural work that you definitely cannot miss when coming to Hue!

Hue Imperial Citadel

Located on the banks of the Perfume River, Hue Citadel is one of the relics belonging to the Complex of Hue Monuments Complex which is recognized as a World Cultural Heritage and still retains many distinctive marks of feudalism. Nguyen Dynasty hundreds of years ago. Hue Imperial Citadel is a cluster of relics including the Imperial Citadel (where the king established the dynasty and worked) and the Forbidden City (where the king and the royal family lived).

As one of the most massive works in Vietnamese history, the Hue Citadel has a construction process lasting up to 30 years with tens of thousands of construction workers and a series of jobs such as filling rivers, digging trenches, etc. building citadel, moving graves… with a huge volume of soil and stone up to millions of cubic meters.

Visiting the complex of Hue Citadel , you will admire hundreds of magnificent palaces, temples and shrines. With its magnificent beauty and excellent palace architecture, you will surely enjoy your journey to visit the Citadel.

Hue Imperial Citadel 

The Imperial Citadel of Hue includes many areas such as the defense area, the area to celebrate the great ceremony, the temple area, etc., which are placed in the middle of a harmonious natural space of lakes, flower gardens, stone bridges, and islands. The island and green trees give shade. The Imperial Citadel has 4 gates placed on 4 sides, in which the largest and most beautiful main gate is Ngo Mon Gate.

Ngo Mon Gate Hue 

Ngo Mon Gate looks to the south of the citadel and looks far out to the romantic Perfume River . Ngo Mon Gate has 5 gates, in which the main gate in the middle used to be the gate for the king to go, the two side gates are for the mandarins and martial arts officials, and the two surrounding gates are for soldiers and elephants and horses to follow.

Built above the gate is Ngu Phung Lau with ironwood structure, divided into 2 floors and 9 sets of roofs, the middle roof is covered with yellow, the rest are 8 green roofs. Previously, Ngu Phung Lau was the place to organize a number of major ceremonies of the Nguyen court.

After nearly 2 centuries and witnessing many important historical events of the nation, Ngo Mon Gate still exists over time and has become an excellent ancient architectural masterpiece!

Thai Hoa Palace

Thai Hoa Palace is a symbol of power of the Nguyen Dynasty. Located in the Imperial Citadel area, Thai Hoa Palace and Dai Trieu Nghi Courtyard used to be the place where important court meetings of the court took place.

Palace of Dien Tho

Among many palaces in the Imperial Citadel of Hue , Dien Tho Palace is the largest architectural system of palaces in Hue remaining to this day. This place used to be the residence of the Royal Empress Dowager and the Empress Dowager Queen.

Forbidden City

Also belonging to the complex of Hue monuments and located in the Hoan Kiem area, the Forbidden City was the living place of the king as well as the royal court of the Nguyen Dynasty. In the Forbidden City, there are more than 50 architectural works of different sizes, typically Can Chanh Palace (where the king established the court and held banquets), Can Thanh Palace (where the king slept), Thai Binh Lau (where the king relaxes, reads books), Ta Vu & Huu Vu,…

Other tourist activities in Hue Citadel

Visiting Hue Citadel , you can also join the Royal Palace night held periodically every Saturday. During the night of the Royal Palace filled with light, the rituals of the old royal palace will be faithfully recreated and unique cultural and artistic activities will also take place. This will be an extremely interesting highlight for your journey to discover Hue Citadel !

More specifically, recently the Hue Citadel has officially opened to visitors at night from 19 to 22, and this is an opportunity for you to visit and learn about the Citadel as well as “own” beautiful photos. beside brilliant works, shimmering lights.


Experiencing many ups and downs and events of history, the architecture of the Imperial Citadel of Hue has always stood majestically, forever being a valuable traditional cultural property of the history of the Nguyen Dynasty. Come to Hue, don’t forget to “get lost” in the ancient royal palace of Hue Citadel to have very interesting experiences!

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