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Forbidden Purple City

23 Tong Duy Tan | Imperial City, Hue, Vietnam
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Ranked #9 of 35 Attractions in Hue
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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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Hanoi, Vietnam
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

I visited Hue 2 times and I still want to have more time in Forbidden Purple City, an important site in Hue - listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the centre of the citadel, you will be able to see the Imperial City, still standing as a symbol of the old imperial splendor of the Nguyen dynasty. The... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

you must visit this Forbidden Purple City when you're in Hue, amazing place, historical value for not Vnmese people only.

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Alton, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Time limited on my visit - you really need to allow a whole day here to do the place justice. There is so much to see and so much history - culminating with the US destroying many of the most important buildings in the War. Go now before Hue's World Hertitage status drags in too many people and the quiet... More

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40 reviews 40 reviews
6 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This is a great place to visit if you like visiting temples, pagodas, and royalty sites. If you go with a tour guide, a trip to 5 of these sites will last all day — tough to do in the blazing sun here. Make sure you take an umbrella with a reflective inner lining.

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Lyme Regis
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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This is a poor replica from the 20th century and is actually in worse condition than the ancient forbidden city in Beijing thanks to the damage made to the buildings during Vietnam war. The entrance fee is expensive, there is little information for tourists and not much to see/not much history.

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59 reviews 59 reviews
37 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

You have to go to this place if you are in Hue, is one of the best kept imperial cities in the world. You will love it. If you are interested in culture and history of course

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Antwerp, Belgium
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

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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66 reviews 66 reviews
30 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

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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63 reviews 63 reviews
32 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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