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Forbidden Purple City

23 Tong Duy Tan | Imperial City, Hue, Vietnam
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Ranked #9 of 34 Attractions in Hue
Type: Historic Sites
Description: 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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Antwerp, Belgium
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

I am not really into culture (more in nature) but this site was really worth a visit. Especially because it was kept very clean (some touristic places are really filthy. Such a shame) I didn't visit any other places in Hue. This was enough for me

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Singapore, Singapore
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61 reviews 61 reviews
28 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

This is the center of Hue’s Imperial Enclosure. It was once reserved for exclusive use by the emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty. Only a select few passed through these halls. During several wars through the nation’s history much got destroyed. A 10 kilometer trench surrounds what was created to resemble the Forbidden City of Beijing. Here you clearly recognize the... More

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Milan, Italy
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62 reviews 62 reviews
33 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Place was heavily bombed during US war and UNESCO now is putting a huge effort in to restore the place. Still worth a couple of hours to slowly walk around and take a few pics. Concept is very similar to forbidden city in Bejing.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

A reminder of how this country has been ravaged by war for so much of its history, the Forbidden Purple City would once have been a grand and powerful place. Today, it shows many signs of war damage and neglect, although there have been efforts in more recent years to restore parts of the grounds to their former glory. As... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

It is close to the downtown, we cycled there and parked somewhere near the exit (if you park our bicycles just right outside the exit, the guard will ask for 10k vnd). It is big, so prepare walking shoes, and hat if you're going in summer. It's a good place to learn about the history, and you can see the... More

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Portland, Oregon
20 reviews 20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This are still needs a lot of work, but it was inspiring to hear about lives past and stories untold. A really interesting place, but super hot in June!

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Canberra, Australia
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56 reviews 56 reviews
23 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

Forbidden city is extensively damaged by the war. A good reconstruction display is shown on the audiovisual theatrette giving an overview of what the reconstruction will be like and idea of past glory. Black and white old photos glimpse historical events. An knowledgable would greatly enhance any tour.

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Saltburn-by-the-Sea, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Loved seeing the beautiful detail of the buildings and listening to the history behind the buildings. However, slightly repetitive.

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Philadelphia , PA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

If you do nothing else in Hue, consider visiting this spot. It is enormous, but often as I walk around it, I find I am the only one in a certain building or spot. As the scene of fierce fighting during the American War, I am happy that the place is now peaceful and tranquil.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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21 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Visiting the forbidden city was part of our city tour and we were quite beat by the time we got here, so instead of walking around in the heat, we hired one of the golf-carts that took us around the main objects and stopped on the way so we would have time to explore them. This was wonderful and we... More

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