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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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  • The Citadel is really a must see. Cost is $200k each for as long as you'd like to wander around! We opted for an audio guide at a further $100k each - would really recommend that you hire an audio... 
    The Citadel is really a must see. Cost is $200k each for as long as you'd like to wander around! We opted for an audio guide at a further $100k each - would really recommend that you hire an audio...  more »
  • Great visit. Please note some of the buildings are being refurbished, so maybe just a 30 or 40% of the imperial city can be visited. 
    Great visit. Please note some of the buildings are being refurbished, so maybe just a 30 or 40% of the imperial city can be visited.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Very interesting historical site which gives insight into the Nguyen dynasty, including historical photos and documents from the imperial archives. The palace was well designed at the time and allows airflow even on the hottest days, though some fields and courtyards lack sun protection. Restoration work is still ongoing from when I visited 2 years ago.

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