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Forbidden Purple City

This royal structure, which sits at the center of Hue’s Imperial Enclosure, was once reserved for exclusive use by the emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty. Only eunuchs passed through its halls, since even his most trusted servants weren’t allowed beyond the gates. Today, this historic citadel sits mostly in ruins, destroyed during several wars throughout the nation’s history. Despite some recent rebuilding efforts, travelers can easily spend a long afternoon wandering paths that crisscross the grounds, exploring portions of the foundation, now overgrown with foliage, and examining the painting, woodwork and architecture that still remains. A 10 kilometer moat surrounds what was created to resemble the Forbidden City of Beijing, and 10 gates protect these once royal grounds.

Practical Info:

Be sure to catch one of the eight performances of traditional nha nhac dance at the nearby Hue Monuments Conservation Center from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily.

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Hue City Sightseeing Tour with Perfume River Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Take in the best of Hue’s art, architecture, culture and food on a full-day sightseeing tour of the city and its surroundings, including a Perfume River (Huong ...  Read more

Location: Hue, Vietnam
Duration: 7-8 hours

From USD $63.00

4-Day Hue to Hoi An Adventure Tour: Imperial Palace, River Cruise, Cooking Class and Bike Ride

Experience Vietnam’s cultural riches with four days in Hue and Hoi An! Visit Hue Imperial City (The Citadel), a UNESCO World Heritage Site housing treasures ...  Read more

Location: Hue, Vietnam
Duration: 4 days, 3 nights

From USD $520.00

Private Tour: Hue City Sightseeing Including Imperial City, Royal Tombs and Perfume River Cruise

Travel back in time to Vietnam’s regal past with a private day tour of Hue Imperial City (The Citadel) and Hue’s Royal Tombs. A knowledgeable private guide ...  Read more

Location: Hue, Vietnam
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $73.33

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