Forbidden Purple City (Tu Cam Thanh) Tours and Activities
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The Forbidden Purple City (Tử Cấm Thành), 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.
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.
Address: Thuan Thanh, Hue, Thua Thien - Hue Province, Vietnam
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Forbidden Purple City (Tu Cam Thanh)
Skip the crowded tour buses heading from Chan May into Hue and explore the remnants of this ancient capital at your own pace. Meet your guide at your cruise ship’s terminal – no hard-to-find meeting points on this tour – and take your own comfy vehicle into Hue on this private tour. Spend some time exploring the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Imperial City, taking in the grandeur of this centuries-old palace while your guide provides personalized commentary.
Visit Thien Mu Pagoda by boat on a Perfume River (Huong River) cruise during this private tour. Learn about the Buddhist landmark from your own personal guide before a short drive to visit the tombs of Khai Dinh and Minh Mang, former Nguyen emperors. After a restaurant lunch of Hue cuisine, wander through the Imperial City of Hue and the Forbidden Purple City, both part of the UNESCO World Heritage site where you’ll learn about Vietnam's history. Private hotel transfers are included.
See where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled Vietnam during this half-day tour of the Imperial City of Hue and the Forbidden Purple City. Your informative guide provides a glimpse of this major historical complex, once a foremost cultural and religious center and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll ride a dragon boat on the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda (Heavenly Lady Pagoda) and visit the Hue Royal Antiquities Museum. Round-trip hotel transport by minivan included.
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What's the best way to experience Forbidden Purple City (Tu Cam Thanh)?
The best ways to experience Forbidden Purple City (Tu Cam Thanh) are:
- Shore Excursion to HUE ROYAL PALACE & KING TOMB,PERFUME RIVER from CHAN MAY Port
- Private Tour: Full-Day Hue City Tour Including Boat Trip on the Perfume River
- A Glimpse of Hue Tour
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