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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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  • Learning bits and pieces about Hue’s (And Vietnam’s imperial history). Visit here and take photos! Having an English-speaking guide would probably help us to appreciate the place better 
    Learning bits and pieces about Hue’s (And Vietnam’s imperial history). Visit here and take photos! Having an English-speaking guide would probably help us to appreciate the place better  more »
  • We were amazed at the huge ancient building of the imperial city where the emperor had resided. This is one of the UNESCO heritage site which one must not miss! 
    We were amazed at the huge ancient building of the imperial city where the emperor had resided. This is one of the UNESCO heritage site which one must not miss!  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.
  • A nice place to get to know a bit about the ancestry of the local area. One even gets to see the effect of colonialism (not always great) as they have a tennis court on the area. The gardens are very nice and well kept. Def. worthy of a stop.

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