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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Imperial City Reviews
Nous avons été déçu ,c'est vrai ,peut être nous en attendions trop .Cependant il reste que l'entretien et la remise enétat ne sont pas encore au top, que l'usage de l'anglais est un luxe (contrairemen... more »We were disappointed, it's true, maybe we expected too much. However it remains that maintenance and refurbishment are not yet at the top, that the use of English is a luxury (unlike other tourist places of the country) that signage both internal and external is non-existent, that it neither has a plan clear, and that the tourist is quickly priced for a game especially for the taxi bike (DO NOT GARE TO THE RNAAUE PRICE AND DESTINATION) In short this is not our best memory , too bad the rest of the country has made so much effort . I'd remember from HUE: the noise.
Went for a walk around and paid 150,000 each to get in (they do combo deals if you plan to go to the tombs as well). On the map it looks simple to be able to walk up and down from one building to the ... more »
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.
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