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Address: 23 Tong Duy Tan | Imperial City, Hue, Vietnam
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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Within the Citadel. Large grounds and many buildings to see. Be aware that the palace was started in 1802 and may not be as ancient as some expect. Bombing in 1968 destroyed most... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Within the Citadel. Large grounds and many buildings to see. Be aware that the palace was started in 1802 and may not be as ancient as some expect. Bombing in 1968 destroyed most of the buildings in the FPC and these are only slowly being restored. The remaining buildings certainly help with imagining what life was like there in the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

This is part of the larger "Citadel" complex, its was heavily damaged during the 'American War', and currently being carefully restored. If your in the citadel, you may as well check this area out too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We bought tickets, then hired an English Speaking guide for an hour. It was well worth it as Drum explained many things we wouldn't have learnt otherwise. As it was very hot we then hired a golf buggy to drive us around the rest of the site. We even had a lovely Vietnamese iced coffee there. Luckily we were there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

The wall surrounds the entire Imperial City and moats make these obstacles look like child's play, but within the Imperial City is an are specifically for the Emperor and his family called the Forbidden Purple City. Any male (besides his eunuchs) would be condemned to death for setting foot inside the Purple City. Here the emperor lived and worked along... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

If you've been to Beijings Forbidden City and are expecting similar, you will be sorely disappointed, despite some basic similarities. This is valuable experience in its own right--the architecture is much to behold and there is much to learn about from the cultural and historical perspective. It's a much smaller scale too, but that makes it feel so much more... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

The Imperial Palace complex in Hue was largely destroyed by the French in 1947 and the Americans and North Vietnamese in 1968, but the current Vietnamese government are taking considerable pains to restore large sections of the palace. Signage is a little haphazard, but there are some interesting historical gems of both fact and architecture to be found. We particularly... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The forbidden city is contained inside the citadel. So it is actually 2 in 1. There are still people living in one side of citadel, hence the entrance to the citadel is free but going into the forbidden city is not free. There will probably be more things to see in the years to come as there are many restoration... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Royal Palace in Hue is a must spot to visit. Probably is better to start there as you will learn about the Nguyen dynasty- taking/having a guide is highly recommended. After this you can/should visit (at least) the most (3) important tombs outside Hue and the pagoda. Great place, full of history, symbolism, and reminder of the old traditions and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Something like Beijing. You can see 2 horses grazing on the right side of the garden. Beautiful. Learn about its history. Worth the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

A wonderful experience. Smaller version of the Imperial Palace in China but restoration still in progress.

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