Hue Imperial City (The Citadel), Hue

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A listed World Heritage Site, Hue Imperial City (The Citadel) (aka the Purple Forbidden City) stands as a testimony to the power and wealth of the last imperial Vietnamese dynasty. Situated on a riverbank, the complex features the remains of an imperial palace, Buddhist temples and pagodas, tombs of Nguyen Kings, courtyards, and gardens. It is encircled by a moat and two rows of fortification walls. Over the years following the demise of Vietnamese monarchy, the site was significantly ruined by cyclones and termites. However, it suffered the severest damage during the Vietnam War--look for the holes in the stone walls made by bullets and grenades. The highlights include a flag tower and 10 lavishly ornamented gates. Using our world travel planner, Hue attractions like Hue Imperial City (The Citadel) can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • October 6, 2017
    "Only" replica of the Chinese court, but the paint is 200 years old, from literally. This place kinda lacks atmosphere & charm. It was quite disappointing.
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  • October 6, 2017
    A long 2 hour tour in the heat to see not very much. The tour guide was very knowledgeable but having already seen the Forbidden City in Beijing it was all very much the same  more »
  • October 6, 2017
    Amazing place. Great to just wander and look and see. We didn't have a guide and while we enjoyed the day, a guide would have been good to help explain exactly what was what. Thoroughly enjoyable expe...  more »

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