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Hue Royal Palace

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Address: Thuan Thanh, 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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This is where you start your tour of the complex ...

I think Lonely Planet is the travel authority that suggests you come in and see the royal palace (where the emperor had important ceremonies) and then move counter clockwise... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Bryan H
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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Yao, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The palace is composed of many buildings such as a meeting room, a residencial building, a wives quater, a concubine quater. The furniture, decoration of the wall and roofs is particularly beautiful. It is really awesome.

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Thank Nobuko F
Hanoi, Vietnam
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I think Lonely Planet is the travel authority that suggests you come in and see the royal palace (where the emperor had important ceremonies) and then move counter clockwise moving throughout the entire citadel. Fairly wise advice. You start on an impressive note that way and end on a strong note, as well. There is so much to soak in... More 

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Thank Bryan H
Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The complex is massive and supposedly was restored but needs extensive work as much is in need of renovation. A pleasant afternoon walking around probably try get on a buggy tour as very tiring. We paid for ticket to see 2 tombs as well cost 560k/28 US this lasts 2 days.

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Thank Louise H
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The royal palace is actually part of the citadel compound. While it's not that interesting after all, it's still worth a 15-30 minute visit just to be able to explore some of its rooms.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you think that because you have seen the Forbidden City in Beijing then Hue can be discounted- please think again. The court rituals and daily life do bear resemblances but if you take the time to look further you will not be disappointed. The buildings may not be in such good condition as those in Beijing, but nonetheless there... More 

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St Paul
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Extensive restoration work has been done, but much remains. The citadel and the forbidden city are important parts of the history of Vietnam. Do not miss the queen mother's residence and the gardens at the rear of the grounds.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The palace area is the centerpiece of the walled city, once apon a time a huge palace area, unfortuantely 70% destroyed by US bombs, but still worth a visit.

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Thank vie4you
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Citadel and Forbidden city have some nice structures but in large part are still under restoration. Lack of directions and vast area to cover- can be quite tiresome on a hot day. English speaking guide will be quite helpful but we could not get one due to Tet holidays and heavy rush.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The city is well worth visiting - the restoration gives a real sense of the splendour of the Nguyen dynasty. There is a chance to see how parts of the city are slowly being restored.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came on our own a really rainy day and it was stil wonderful . The ancient architecture and the grounds are so beautiful we spent about two hours here. And could have stayed longer . There are lots of signs posted in English to help explain what you are seeing.

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