Co Ha Gardens


Occupying the northeast corner of the Imperial Enclosure, these delightful gardens were developed by the first four emperors of the Nguyen dynasty but fell into disrepair. They've been beautifully recreated in the last few years, and are dotted with little gazebo-style pavilions and ponds. They are an absolute picture and this is one of the most peaceful spots in the entire Citadel.

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