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Forbidden Purple City

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Address: 23 Tong Duy Tan | Imperial City, Hue, Vietnam
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Charred remains of the royal family’s inner sanctum occupy this area within...

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 very nice place to visit and I recommend to visit it with a guide to maximize the information you may get.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Laval
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A very nice place to visit and I recommend to visit it with a guide to maximize the information you may get.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Because Vietnam and China shared similar philosophical and religious beliefs for many centuries, and also because Vietnam was heavily influenced architecturally and linguistically by China, the Purple City shared a common role as the Forbidden City in China, This was the most restricted area within the Citadel, reserved primarily for the Nyugen emperor and his family. Many of the most... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very wet day for our visit but even that didn't spoil the view, somehow it just added to it. Every doorway was a frame for another beautiful view. I can imagine the place packed with people having picnics by the lake during the summer. A photographers dream

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The forbidden purple city and the Citadel are must see if you are in Hue. There are very little explanation available onsite, so either take a tour guide or good guide book. The DK Eyewitness Travel Guide is quite good. You need something to explain what you will see and put it in perspective. Plan to spend 2 to 3... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visiting the Citadel and the Forbidden City has been the highlight of our trip to Hue. We felt like most of the reviews did not do it justice. You pay 150,000 Vietnamese Dong to get in (about USD $7). Initially, we thought this was a little high (having been in Vietnam for 5 weeks, we have become accustomed to low... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed visiting this attraction as part of an organised tour group. It was good to have some information on the significance of this complex. Impressive buildings although sadly many of the original buildings were destroyed during the war. Definitely worth a visit if you are in Hue.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It poured on our first day in Hue when we visited the temple but it still was impressive. It reminded me of a small scale Forbidden City that I saw in Beijing. We had to walk through the complex in the rain but it was still interesting. The structure is very much patterned after the Forbidden City with its series... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is the most important reason to visit Hue. The forbidden purple city, is a place you have to see..

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided to stop at Hue on our way up to Hanoi. We arrived at the train station and used a map to navigate to the ruins. It's surrounded by a large wall with a large open field out front. The field was full of people, some walking with their kids, flying kites, playing games. We paid the fee at... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is located right inside the ancient citadel. Unfortunately, major parts were destroyed during the war. Restoration efforts are still on-going. The current complex and ruins give us a glimpse of the lives of the royal families in ancient times.

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