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Forbidden Purple City

23 Tong Duy Tan | Imperial City, Hue, Vietnam
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Ranked #8 of 31 attractions in Hue
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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Saltburn-by-the-Sea, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Loved seeing the beautiful detail of the buildings and listening to the history behind the buildings. However, slightly repetitive.

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Philadelphia , PA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

If you do nothing else in Hue, consider visiting this spot. It is enormous, but often as I walk around it, I find I am the only one in a certain building or spot. As the scene of fierce fighting during the American War, I am happy that the place is now peaceful and tranquil.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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125 reviews 125 reviews
15 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Visiting the forbidden city was part of our city tour and we were quite beat by the time we got here, so instead of walking around in the heat, we hired one of the golf-carts that took us around the main objects and stopped on the way so we would have time to explore them. This was wonderful and we... More

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south africa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

the myriad temples and palatial accomadation.they are renovating and it will feel better once complete.

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Melbourne
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Here's the thing with Hue...it's hard to get around, and with kids, really hard. This place is in the citadel of a few more citadels and in summer, it's hot. Hue is gorgeous, but there's not a lot of shelter and seating which made it a long walk for kids. We took a cyclo mostly, which was fun for a... More

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Oslo, Norway
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

In a typical imperial enclosure, this is a citadel with in a citadel, with in a citadel.........;-) War destroyed it and largely its a green foliage. Just go with the Hue locals (I did with friends) and it was a delight to listen to his father talking about past and taking me back in the time of royals. Btw, Hue... More

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Buxton Derbyshire in the High Peak Forest
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95 reviews 95 reviews
15 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014 via mobile

If I had not seen this attraction I would not have believed to existed. It is a protected site and they are doing excavation work and restoring it. What ever you do visit the FORBIDDEN PURPLE CITY..AMAZING

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Gateshead, England
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363 reviews 363 reviews
230 attraction reviews
274 helpful votes 274 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

When entering the Citadel, if you do not have a guide as we didn't, then there is limited information as to what is what and where in the damaged grounds various elements stand, or used to stand. The Forbidden Purple City, the inner sanctum to the Nguyen Emperors, was almost completely flattened during the Vietnam war and as such if... More

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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238 reviews 238 reviews
135 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Today, nothing is left from the Forbidden Purple City, only ruins. Nevertheless, these ruins will challenge your imagination about the glorious days this Forbidden Purple City used to enjoy when the Nguyen emperors were in power.

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Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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75 reviews 75 reviews
34 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We visited without a guide and took our time walking around the beautiful grounds and buildings, soaking up the history and peaceful atmosphere (you don't get bothered by people trying to sell you things). Sometimes difficult to find everything, you have to explore and peek around corners! Go early in the morning, the sun really is unbearable around midday. Also... More

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