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Hear the words ‘Forbidden City’ and you might think of Beijing. But did you know there’s a Forbidden Purple City in Hue, Vietnam just waiting khổng lồ be discovered?

Hue became the capital city of a reunified Vietnam in 1802 until 1945 under the reign of the Nguyễn dynasty. It was the cultural, spiritual and political heart of the country during this time and some big clues of its past glory still remain lớn be explored today.

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We had a great time exploring the Forbidden thành phố in Hue and it was certainly one of the highlights of our travels in Vietnam. Here’s our guide to help you get the most out of your time there.

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It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site bonanza


In 1993 UNESCO declared the ‘complex of Hue monuments’ a World Heritage Site which actually includes 14 separate sites in and around the đô thị of Hue.

The title covers Forbidden Purple thành phố in Hue as well as the Hue Imperial Tombs which are scattered along the banks of the Perfume River. We visited 4 of the tombs on the following day & we would recommend visiting the Imperial city first like we did to lớn get a good grounding in the Imperial history of Hue và indeed Vietnam.

A Citadel Within a Citadel Within a Citadel


It can be a little confusing when you first encounter Forbidden Purple thành phố in Hue (Kinh thành Huế). This name refers lớn the walled city which sits inside the huge fortified citadel complex on the banks of the Perfume River.

There’s a large moat running all the way around its perimeter so the citadel area is pretty easy khổng lồ spot on a bản đồ and the modern thành phố still centres around it. There are several bridges linking the citadel to lớn the rest of Hue & are now houses & businesses around both the outside of the fortified walls và inside too.

This can make it slightly unclear where the boundaries are but when you’re close by you can’t miss the massive stone fortification wall which goes right around the entire complex.

Venturing inside the walls of the citadel, it feels very much like a part of the regular đô thị but most visitors head khổng lồ the Imperial thành phố complex on the southern edge of the citadel area.

What is the Forbidden Purple thành phố in Hue?


Put simply it was a private complex of buildings reserved exclusively for the ruling emperor, his family, court ladies & urchins housed inside the Imperial thành phố area, the inner sanctum if you like. Being inside the main citadel & moat, plus behind it’s own 3.7m high brick walls it was the safest place lớn live.

Today, you pay 150,000 VND ($7) to enter the Imperial city complex which is often referred lớn as the Forbidden Purple đô thị in Hue. The ticket box is located very close to the main entrance with tickets being checked as you enter.

You enter the complex through the impressive Noon Gate which has been fully restored in recent years to its former glory. If you stand back và look up you’ll see a stage above the entrance which was used at grand royal ceremonies & the central entrance was reserved for the ruling emperor only.

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Once through the Noon Gate, the first building you’ll enter is the beautifully named Palace of Supreme Harmony. There are some images & models here to show what the Imperial đô thị complex would have looked lượt thích when it was first completed in 1833.


The remaining area has several buildings in differing states of repair with some being restored at the time of our visit.

However anyone expecting to lớn see the actual Forbidden Purple city in Hue will be sorely disappointed as this was flattened by heavy fighting và bombing during the Tet Offensive of January 1968.

The ‘battle of Hue’ as it later became known was declared a victory for the American forces but most of the thành phố was destroyed in the fighting. This is said to be the beginning of the over for public và political tư vấn for the war in the US.

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Is it Worth Visiting the Forbidden Purple thành phố in Hue?


To sum it up the Imperial đô thị isn’t as instantly stunning as some of the Imperial Tombs around Hue. This is mainly due lớn the lack of surviving structures but it’s still a very interesting place lớn visit and a ‘must-see’ if you are in Hue anyway.

To get the most out of a visit you really need khổng lồ use your imagination & picture the place as a hive of activity stuffed full of grand architecture. Restoration is underway in several areas on the site but the fact that some parts are still overgrown was part of the charm.

Other plus points are the freedom to lớn wander anywhere around the site & the lack of visitors. It’s a fairly large area so easy to lớn escape any crowds that might appear but we found it khổng lồ be nice and peaceful overall.

Before you visit we’d suggest watching this 10 minute digital reconstruction đoạn clip of the Imperial đô thị to give you a great overview of the area in its full glory.

Directions lớn the Forbidden Purple thành phố in Hue

The Forbidden Purple city is centrally located and easy lớn find. It was around a 20-minute walk from our superb khách sạn in Hue, across the iconic Trang Tien Bridge.

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Visiting hours: 8am to 5pm daily except for official events & celebrations.

Cost: 150,000 VND per person

Google Map of the Forbidden Purple city in Hue:

Have you visited the Forbidden Purple đô thị in Hue? What did you think? Let us know your thoughts and questions in the comments below…