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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  • Be prepared to walk, but this is a must do experience. It is all on the flat but the Imoerial City covers quite an area and it can be quite hot. There are however plenty of watering holes discreetly....  more »
  • The Citadel is so interesting, pity that much has been destroyed by war, neglect and weather. Is an awesome sight with much to see including the bonsais, the gardens and the moats. Much of it has...  more »
  • Even many parts of the palace was destroyed by the war it is still worth a visit. It portray the life style of the emperor in the past.  more »
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  • Hue is beautiful city. The atmosphere is so peaceful. Everyday, you walk on the street in Hue, you will feel the clean air because Hue has many trees. The Hue people is friendly, too. The cuisine is so good and bears its own mark. Hue welcomes everyone. Visit Hue and feel it.
  • Walking shoes is a must. It can get very hot and the city is very large. Be prepared to walk. There’s a lot of symmetry in the city and very few of the original structure remains. Lots of work is being done to restore the war torn city. The original structures which still stand are extremely detailed. This city is best viewed with a guide as it’s easy to get lost given its size. The guide will also give useful insights.
  • This is an amazing place to visit whilst in Hue. Honestly you could spend the entire day there. The gardens are magnificent and very peaceful, especially in the late afternoon. Highly recommended the audio tour to get the most out of your visit.
  • Interesting place. Recommended visiting with the guide. Would be more interesting. Visiting alone is also nice . I did it alone but you don't know many facts because on the boards are only crucial information . But both ways of visiting is worth.
  • Fantastic place. We spent three hours there. As others mentioned avoid the hot hours in a sunny day as it is very hot over there. There are several tickets. We bought a combine ticket for the imperial city and two of the king tombs we were planning to visit next day. After the palace with the throne go to the right as there are multiple beautiful pavilions. On the left side are the quarters of the queen mothers and temples for the ancestors, one of them with huge memorial bronze cauldrons. Best way is to start on the left as the only exit to the imperial city is in the right.
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