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Imperial city Hue / Hue Imperila Citadel

Imperial City Hue is a famous landmark in Vietnam. It is within the Hue Citadel. Here are located many temples for worshiping the deceased Emperors and members of their families. Inside the Imperial City was built the Forbidden Purple City where only members of the royal family were allowed. The Imperial City is protected by UNESCO and as a result, many buildings that had been seriously damaged during the war have been rebuilt and restored. Take the following walking tour to admire all the beautiful temples, pavilions, and tombs of the Imperial City of Hue.


As far as architecture is concerned, the royal citadel of Hue was built in the style of the French military architect Vauban in combination with Oriental palace architecture. So to discover the whole site, tourists may need half a day for Vietnam tourism. However, not one second will be wasteful as it will be a trip they will never forget.

Ngo Mon Gate

The primary entrance to the Imperial enclosure is Ngo Mon Gate, which faces the flag tower. The central passage with its yellow doors reserved for the use of the emperor, as the bridge across the lotus pond. Others had to utilize the gates to either side along with the paths around the pond. Besides, at the top of the gate is Ngu Phung on its layer with a big drum and bell.

Imperial city Hue

Forbidden Purple City

 There’s part of the citadel that’s known as Forbidden Purple City, reserved only for the main individuals in Vietnam. Inside the citadel is the Imperial City, with a perimeter wall several 2.5 km in length. The Hue tour Purple Forbidden City is a term comparable to the Forbidden City in Beijing. In addition, access to the innermost enclosure, it was just for the imperial family. Furthermore, the wars nearly destroyed the Forbidden Purple City, and its crumbling remains currently overgrown with weeds.

Thai Hoa Palace

Thai Hoa Palace in 1803 is a spacious hall with an ornate wooden roof supported by 80 carved and lacquered columns. And, it had utilized for official receptions of the emperor and important ceremonies. Also, on state occasions the emperor sat on his throne, confronting visitors entering through the Ngo Mon Gate. Not allowed taking pictures here. However, make to see the impressive audiovisual display that gives a fantastic overview of the total Citadel, its structure, and the historic context. 

Nice Urn Dynasty

The Nine Dynastic Urns is among the most outstanding works in the tangible cultural treasures of the Hue Citadel. The impressive aesthetic attributes and the large technical qualifications have turned it into one of the attractive attractions for tourists in Hue. The nine dynastic urns started its construction in December 1835. It completed in June 1837 beneath King Minh Mang. The images to show on the Nine Urns could also consider as a living encyclopedia of all Vietnam country at that time.

How to get to Hue Imperial Citadel?

From hotel in south Perfume Riverbank: You walk through Trang Tien Bridge or Phu Xuan Bridge to the north. It is right on the foot of Phu Xuan Bridge with Flag Tower in front of. Walk inside to see the Forbidden Purple City.

  • Travel with Car/Taxi 5 minutes ~ 700m
  • By motorbike/ bicycle: 7 minutes
  • Walking: 12 minutes

Quick tips:

  • Travel all year round. However, we should not travel on Labor Day 30th April – 01st May and Independence Day 02nd Sep to avoid the number of domestic tourists come here.
  • Entrance ticket fee: 7 USD/ person
  • On Hue festival of Even Year each 2-year fall on the end of April and early May, there are many traditional festivals of Royal are restored as well as activities inside Forbidden Purple City

Entrance fee:

Imperial city Hue

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