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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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Forbidden City Hue

We visited this forbidden city when we travelled through Vietnam. Really a nice city and our guide explained the history of this city to us. A must to visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Waalre, The Netherlands
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Most of the culture look alike from Chinese, i think the culture flowing this region at that period.

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The day we went here it was stinking hot! It was interesting to see this area but we did not absorb as much as we could have...

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Waalre, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this forbidden city when we travelled through Vietnam. Really a nice city and our guide explained the history of this city to us. A must to visit.

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A better way to learn history than a museum I reckon! Walk around and witness for self and lots of reading if need info.Much bigger than expected so takes a long time to get around.Make sure you have lots of water if visit in heat-we were exhausted.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Forbidden Purple City is a good place to visit for people who enjoy history. Plenty of good architecture can be seen here and this is a good opportunity to take pictures.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Forbidden city is a must travel spot in Hue. Some of the buildings were destroyed due to the war and they are doing restoration projects to revive it. Since I travelled the citadel in June, it was a very hot day and we got tired easily. Don't forget to bring hat, towel, cold water to refresh your body. It may... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

As mentioned the Imperial City does sound imposing and regal but poor upkeep and the ravages of war does this place little credit.

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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

Our family of 5 visited the Forbidden Purple City in May 2016. It is in the center of the Imperial Citadel. Restorations are ongoing but you will be amazed by the design and history of this magnificent attraction. Read up on the attraction before visiting to enrich your experience.

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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

Forbidden Purple City is at the center of the Hue imperial city, it used to be the emperor and his family lived. However, many buildings were destroyed due to war. Now, we can only use our imagination to visualize how it was like.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

This place was amazing, you can sense the past history as if you traveled to the past. Symmetry was apparent everywhere, showing the meticulous skills used to construct this gigantic city (Palace). Architecture in Vietnam is second to none. Even after being destroyed by American and VC in the past, the present architects did a wonderful job reconstructing it. I... More 

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