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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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A lovely area to stroll around and photograph, this area is huge so you will need a few hours to stroll around and take it all in.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

A lovely area to stroll around and photograph, this area is huge so you will need a few hours to stroll around and take it all in.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We were told by the hotel concierge that one hour would be sufficient for our visit. How wrong was he! We spent the best part of five hours leisurely walking around the site. My advice would be to take your time in the heat and take time to sit down in some of the beautiful shady spots to take in... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We visited one afternoon in May this historic site. home to the imperial family as recently as the early 20th Century which was largely ruined during the Vietnam war. There is a lot to see here so set aside a good morning or afternoon schedule to get the most out of it. Although we didn't do our research and learned... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

It wasn't clear to me, but the Forbidden Purple City is part of the Citadel. It is a must do in Hue. Much of it was destroyed in the Vietnam War and some is being reconstructed. However, parts were left intact and it provides insight into life up to and including French occupation.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

There is nothing left of the Purple City to see, which in itself is interesting to see. The surrounding area is quite beautiful. But for 150,000 dongs entrance fee per person, it's not worth the money.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Forbidden Purple City is chinese style. a bit crowded & too big, quite tried for visit all around esp for summer time. hot. it is ok for visit IMO

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Make sure when you go to this place, that you go with a tour guide. It is filled with historical buildings, and toilets are nice and clean. But are at various places around the city. A guide can point out to you all the various places of interest. Be prepared to walk it's not a small place, but well worth... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

This was our third stop of our tour. There are three walls the outer one with its moat. The wall itself could be a great way to walk around the city. However, people live on it and the government, according to our guide, is working on compensating and moving the people off the the wall. The citadel itself is the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

We were lucky that there were not too many tourists, as this time of year is coming to the end of the season. That also means it's really hot, thankfully there is enough of the restored walkways to walk under, so you aren't in the direct heat. The building with the throne has a very good movie which explains the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

it's more beautiful with the royal power. But now it's empty some important residents. The grounds of the Imperial City are protected by fortified ramparts 2 kilometers by 2 kilometers, and ringed by a moat. The water in the moat is routed from the Huong River (Perfume River) through a series of sluice gates. This enclosure is the Citadel (Kinh... More 

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