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Imperial City, Hue

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Must see · World heritage site · Historic Site · Tourist Spot
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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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  • Hung our guide was brilliant. Knowledgeable , friendly and helpful. Hung brought the history to life and left us with wonderful memories. Great value and so much more than an audio guide. 
    Hung our guide was brilliant. Knowledgeable , friendly and helpful. Hung brought the history to life and left us with wonderful memories. Great value and so much more than an audio guide.  more »
  • The citadel is definitely worth taking a look at but to get the most out of the experience get the audio guide. We got an actual guide and they were very disappointing, providing very little... 
    The citadel is definitely worth taking a look at but to get the most out of the experience get the audio guide. We got an actual guide and they were very disappointing, providing very little...  more »
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  • We have visited this on weekdays and there was no rush at all. Weather was too hot and it's become difficult to roam there. Carry umbrella and water. It is nice place to see history. If you are interested to visit historical place then it will require 2 - 3 hours by max to explore this. Ticket price is 200.000 VND per person.
  • Recommended to buy combo ticket at the counter if you enjoy sightseeing. 420,000 dong for 3 attractions. Need at least 2 hours to walk around the citadel. We only manage to explore about 50% of the citadel by ourselves. A tour guide to explain the history to you would be wonderful. To visit the temple, it is advised that you wear long pants or a long skirt. If you are wearing short pants or a skirt, you are not permitted to enter.

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