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Imperial City, Hue

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A listed World Heritage Site, Imperial City (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 Imperial City can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • An awesome experience indeed , place well preserved despite the hundreds of years legacy in it Place where visitors can see how the Royals have lived in splendor dating 500 years and beyond 
    An awesome experience indeed , place well preserved despite the hundreds of years legacy in it Place where visitors can see how the Royals have lived in splendor dating 500 years and beyond  more »
  • Lovely historic buildings and calm relaxed atmosphere. There are lots of parts to explore so take your time. Find out about the rulers of this old time palace & get some great pics. 
    Lovely historic buildings and calm relaxed atmosphere. There are lots of parts to explore so take your time. Find out about the rulers of this old time palace & get some great pics.  more »
  • Anyone with even the the most sparse knowledge of the Vietnam war will have this on their "must see" sights, however the site itself is very extensive. It is gradually being restored (a slow job) and....  more
    Anyone with even the the most sparse knowledge of the Vietnam war will have this on their "must see" sights, however the site itself is very extensive. It is gradually being restored (a slow job) and....  more »
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  • Very interesting place. Avoid going at noon. It was super hot. It's lovely to see and read about the history. It's listed on the UNESCO world heritage list.
  • We visited the Citadel with a 4 year old in December 2019. The staff was not informative (We bought a ticket to visit 3 different places, but we only visited Imperial city because it takes to long time to look around). Very disappointed! There is not enough information guide in English. We took an audio guide. The map given did not appear to direct us correctly. It was hot and our son struggled to remain uninterested. We skipped many places. The buildings were amazing and quite impressive. The garden, which has been influenced by European style of gardening, was very delicate. We couldn't thorough enjoy the Imperial city. Need extra effort to visit. Would come back again if I had a chance to visit Hue.
  • Beautiful place, was there for many times. have a lot of history - prepare couple hours if you want to see the whole place. And bring a camera :)
  • A beautiful ancient imperial city. Royal ambience & sense of mystery. Great location for good photo shoot. Must visit spot in Hue !
  • Visited during July 20. Paid 150k for one of the English speaking guide from the ticketing booth. She explained the history of the city and the past emperors very well. Very knowledgeable of the area and history of the ancient residence. Definitely worth a visit.

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