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Forbidden Purple City

23 Tong Duy Tan | Imperial City, Hue, Vietnam
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Ranked #10 of 33 Attractions in Hue
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Charred remains of the royal family’s inner sanctum occupy this area...
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner 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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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

This treasure 46 years ago was nearly destroyed by war. I would like thank the people of Vietnam and UNESCO for protecting and reconstructing a tranquil and peaceful place in our world. If you're going to VN, then go to Hue and the Forbidden City. Pay attention to history and commemorate the fallen who served.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Renovations are on going One could feel and see the grandeur that once existed there. Quite impressive

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

A must visit in Hue. Walking the beautiful gardens with bonsai around grounds was lovely. Very hot and humid even in Nov. Wear a hat and bring a water bottle. Washrooms are available on sight ( after all those fluids). We had a tour with our guide and cycling group. Worth having a guide, provides local employment and very informative.... More 

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Maidenhead
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

A great complex to visit, full of history, allow plenty of time as the complex is sprawling, can get very hot .A lot of restoration currently going on, but it does look like it is a losing battle due to the vast site and the disrepair that has occurred over the centuries. Well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Beautiful and impressive, but nothing more. Of course you should go cause it's part of hue experience, but after you are doing this you can leave the city.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Very large but very hot the day we were there. Again it is packed with historical buildings, temples and monuments. Great for history buffs.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

So sad that street fighting and bombing during the American War in Vietnam did so much damage to the Forbidden Purple City. Much of the restoration that has been is done is absolutely gorgeous. It is amazing that every frame on the lavish red and gold wooden panels is a different picture - all very beautiful. The walk around the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Very interesting and good exercise, take a good guide book/guide if you are interested in history and Vietnam and this is a great way to spend a day.

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Hue, Vietnam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

.....I paid top $ to enter the place and a lot was inaccessible because of renovations. Maybe there could have been a discount on the entrance fee while this work was being carried out.

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Millicent, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Alot to look at, take a hat and drink bottle and a good guide. Very interesting and very old. Worth the walk.

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