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Forbidden Purple City

23 Tong Duy Tan | Imperial City, Hue, Vietnam
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Ranked #9 of 33 Attractions in Hue
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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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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Brisbane, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Only a few original buildings left plus a number of poor modern re-constructions. Lack of info on site so need a local guide to explain the area - also need lot of imagination. Parts of original walls removed so hard to distinguish the forbidden bit from the rest. Nowhere as good as the Beijing version.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

As i said in my review of the Imperial City - this is a historical must see in Hue. A lot of it is all being rebuilt at a painstakingly slow pace, but it's still worth the visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014 via mobile

We did this attraction as a part of the Intrepid Northbound 10 day tour. While I guess it's something you should tick off your bucket list if you come to Hue, don't have any expectations that it's going to be awesome. The parade ground and flagpole are very impressive, just the sheer size is impressive. At this point, you haven't... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Citadel and Purple forbidden city are basically the same. Don't miss it. Short film in the first main palace building explains a lot!

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