Imperial City, Hue
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.
Imperial City Tours
Da Nang and Hue Full-Day Tour from Da Nang BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $110
Duration: 8 hours
Hue City Full-Day Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $39
Duration: 1 day
Imperial City Reviews
To learn more of the history of Vietnam, it is a must to visit this site. It's easy to reach the place by any means of transportation, including Grab bike. All information of the palace is available a... more »
Při naší návštěvě Hue jsme vyrazili na prohlídku Citadely. Vstupné bylo 150 tisíc dongů na osobu a stálo to rozhodně za to. Komplex je obrovský, jsou tam zajímavé budovy, chrámy a zahrady. Muselo to b... more »During our visit to Hue, we started to explore the citadel. The entrance fee was 150 thousand per person and it was definitely worth it. The complex is huge, there are interesting buildings, temples and gardens. It must have been really spectacular. Unfortunately, during the Vietnam War, many buildings were destroyed. Yet this place is worth a visit.
Superb example of previous cultures and regimes at this stop. Great citadel/fort, and many temples, pagoda and gardens. Thien Mu pagoda on the banks of the Perfume River a must see. Plenty of nearby shops, cafes and restaurants as well as all the usual tourist trappings await you. A great day out. Recommended.
The entrance fee is 150k dong and they will probably not let you come back once you left because the machine at the entrance eats your ticket. The city is ENORMOUS and it takes hours to completely explore the area. It consists of segments separated by high walls, the segments being dedicated to different functions and family members. There is a feeling of peace and serenity despite crowds of tourists visiting (try to avoid Friday though, that's when it's most popular). Some areas still haven't been completely renovated which only makes you appreciate all the work they've put in since the war ended. Overall, I recommend the visit if you have the time and patience to spend around 2-4h.
Places to stay near Imperial City
Plan your trip to Hue
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
View all >
Nature in Hue
Hidden gems in Hue
View all >
Side trips from Hue
Nearby attractions in Hue
Plans to Imperial City by other users
28 days in Vietnam BY A USER FROM MONACO August, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 25 days in Vietnam, Bangkok & Cambodia BY A USER FROM SOUTH KOREA August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 11 days in Vietnam BY A USER FROM QATAR October, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Vietnam BY A USER FROM INDIA August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 42 days in Philippines, Vietnam & Cambodia BY A USER FROM ISRAEL November, popular sights PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 41 days in Thailand, Vietnam & Bali BY A USER FROM CANADA February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium