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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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What a pitty it had been destroyed

This part of the citadel was completely destroyed by airbombs, since Viet Cong soldiers were hiding inside during the American war. Very few buildings survived. Restoration is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Ramat Gan, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

This part of the citadel was completely destroyed by airbombs, since Viet Cong soldiers were hiding inside during the American war. Very few buildings survived. Restoration is very imressive, since the restored buildings try to revive all the original colors, decorations and shapes. it reminds a lot the forbidden city in Beijin, but has a distinct Vietnamese flavor.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Its the part of citadel, its right at beginning when you enter the citadel. Nothing much to see here. There are a lot of big fishes you can see when crossing the small bridge.

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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

If you have never been to the Forbidden City in China, then this is spectacular. If you have then it's still ok. We went during Tet and the weather was very manageable. When you walk a lot, it still gets sticky due to the high humidity but there are many places to sit and enjoy the tranquility. I say this... More 

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Stamford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Not a patch on the Forbidden City in China, but still worth a visit. Some interesting exhibits both inside and outside. Is in need of tlc in a few places.

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England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This is actually part of the Citadel, so not sure why it has a separate listing, however it is well worth a visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Not much remains of this portion of the Citadel but the Vietnamese government has announced ambitious plans to rebuild the structures destroyed over decades of warfare. With that said, stick your head around the wall while you're seeing the rest of the Citadel.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We enjoyed seeing what's left of this imperial palace. Very sad so much was utterly destroyed by the communists. Still well worth a visit. Highly recommend

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Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

No tour misses the Forbidden Purple City so put a smile on your face and go but don't expect a smaller version of Beijing's Forbidden City--while being restored and rebuilt, much is still in ruins, but use your imagination and if you really look at the old B&W pictures found throughout, you'll get much more out of your visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 via mobile

If you go into the Imperial City, then you will get to the Forbidden Purple City. Much restoration going on, but still fascinating.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

I have been to China's forbidden city but was turned off by the crowds. The forbidden. Purple city is every bit as stunning as it better known cousin but without the crowds. We were able to really take in the place, and really enjoyed it.

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