However now the Citadel is mainly destroyed…. the destruction was somewhat by the Vietnamese themselves during the Tet offensive in 1968 as the Viet Cong used it as a bunker and that made it a target for US bombers.
Our guide actually spent his summers market gardening in these formal gardens and lived in this particular house when his grandfather was the caretaker for the palace in the 70's!!!! Not bad!
It was still very interesting to explore it, despite its lack of buildings, only 10 of the original 160 buildings remain…. and to see just how immense it is/was….….
and to appreciate somewhat how it might have looked when the kings resided there…..
…. the gates were definitely left standing…….
After one enters the main gate one walks over the Golden Water bridge…..
We did have a great dinner later on at the MGallery hotel in their Le Parfum restaurant..
We opted to eat on their garden terrace overlooking the Perfume river which was fantastic……