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Forbidden Purple City

23 Tong Duy Tan | Imperial City, Hue, Vietnam
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Ranked #9 of 34 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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Pretoria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

The forbidden city has been partially destroyed by the American War. Try to avoid visiting around midday as the blistering sun will kill you. It is a huge complex that requires much walking with a few trees to protect you from the sun. A cool afternoon breeze makes for a great visit to 'end' your day of sightseeing

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

the citadel so much history of kings and culture its on the way to the forbidden part of the imperial city an experience you should not miss

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This is the area where the emperor and his family used to live as well his concubines. This is definitely the most interesting/pretty area in the citadel.

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Brooklyn, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This was a very worthwhile experience, but in several ways quite a somber and sobering one. My wife and I went late in the afternoon which work out well for us in that there were only a few other visitors around. The remaining temples, palaces and structures were beautiful and quite impressive, although sometimes marred by unsatisfying efforts at reconstruction.... More

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

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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Asia
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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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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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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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