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Address: 23 Tong Duy Tan | Imperial City, Hue, Vietnam
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Description: Charred remains of the royal family’s inner sanctum occupy this area...
Charred remains of the royal family’s inner sanctum occupy this area within the Citadel. It is partially rebuilt with plans for future restoration.
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Interesting look into the past

I am intrigued that the Hue Citadel complex produces so many separate attractions on TA, including this one, when most people visiting the citadel would visit most, if not all of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

I am intrigued that the Hue Citadel complex produces so many separate attractions on TA, including this one, when most people visiting the citadel would visit most, if not all of them. The Forbidden City is an interesting insight into earlier years. Not too far in the past as we only talking about the 19th century. The Chinese influence is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Although almost completely destroyed in two wars the Vietnamese are doing a great job restoring this historic site of the Nguyen kings.. The grounds are extensive and also being restored to their former glory. We had a guide with us but if you don't take the time to view the video. It's extremely well done and will make your visit... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Understand Vietnamese history though their architecture style. Learn the old traditional Royal custom may help you see more Vietnam.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This place is a must see also if in Hue... beautiful gardens, very tranquil. Had lots of good photo ops... and a lovely vibe when taking your time and wandering around the grounds ..

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Nagoya, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

It is pleasant to walk around with a wind rustling the summer leaves , seeing World Heritages. They always repear some buildings of Forbidden Pueple City. Maintaining beauty needs unrelenting effort. We are lucky to enjoy the fruit of effort !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Our guide was great and explained the different buildings and what life was like in that time period. Some of the buildings have been restored and some are hardly there thanks to the fighting. Very interesting visit and I would say the highlight of Hue for us.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

It was very interesting to learn about this period of Vietnamese history and the way the king/emperor could have some1000 wives to keep him company! The countless cooks were almost certainly the source of so much of the excellent cuisine you find throughout Vietnam.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Sadly most of he Forbidden Purple City was destroyed in the wars, and its crumbling remains lie in ruin, but you can still with pictures the area the emperor, his servants, eunuchs and royal concubines resided. Some restoration is under way but it is still worth visiting especially if you have purchased a value pass.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Sadly most of this palace was destroyed during the fighting. You can still see how impressive it once was though & get a feel for the place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

beautiful, amazing place a bit under construction beware of the heat - remember water study your city map - it is big

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