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Address: 23 Tong Duy Tan | Imperial City, Hue, Vietnam
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Charred remains of the royal family’s inner sanctum occupy this area within...

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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A nice part of the Hue imperial citadel. If you've got some time try and go and see this place. Lots of history and culture.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This was the heart of the Emperor's city. Ordinary people were prohibited from entering as were most men. Shared with his wives and a plentiful supply of concubines this was the Emperor's private place. Wonderful architecture with some of the buildings being reconstructed after the damage inflicted during the Vietnamese war.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A nice part of the Hue imperial citadel. If you've got some time try and go and see this place. Lots of history and culture.

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Thank JasonDoz
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

There's not a lot left of the forbidden city after the fighting there, but what there is is fascinating, and clearly they are restoring a lot so as time goes on there will be more buildings to see. The main reception hall is very impressive and there is a good film describing how the whole Forbidden City functioned. They also... More 

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Thank ManyAslip
Banff, Canada
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This whole area encapsulates many of the sights and sites to see in Hue. You're best off buying the passes for three areas than one at a time. If you're on a day tour, most likely your guide will recommend this to you. Especially loved seeing the tile mosaic work and the old black & white photos from the early... More 

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Thank joyfulgrrrl
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We managed to get an English speaking guide to take us through the Imperial City. This made the visit more meaningful than if we were to do it ourselves. The interesting story-telling helps bring back the glorious past to life and we thoroughly enjoyed the 1-hour tour. After that we took the time to explore the sprawling grounds on our... More 

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New Delhi, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the hue city also called the forbidden city. it is huge and there are lots of monuments, buildings, artefacts, sculptures to explore..can take easily half a day if one really want to understand the history of the royal dynasty .it can be a little challenging to explore this during the day when the sun is overhead so it is better... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A little expensive to simply walk around on your own. Maybe the tours are better, especially because there isn't that much info in the park in English? However, I am happy that I paid the fee because it was certainly an interesting and lovely stoll through the little roads, gardens, ruins, exhibits, and restorations. Various little musical groups perform randomly,... More 

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Thank amoachaim
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Forbidden Purple City was the private domain of the Emperor and his family when Hue was Vietnam's capital, as included as part of the entry ticket to the Imperial City.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The inner sanctum of the Citadel. Amazing buildings with amazing detail on them. A real place to spedn time looking at the history. Follow one of the free guided tours or grab a guide book and walk it yourself. Look for the fish in the ponds - they are huge!

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Thank AndrewPSmith
Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even though it's a must see in Hue, I found it expensive (150k dongs) to visit it comparing to any other sightseeing in Vietnam. However, The area is huge and the architecture is beautiful, so i think It's worth a visit.

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