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hue imperial city
Phu Van Lau In Hue
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Hue was once the capital of the country during both the Tay Son and Nguyen dynasties. Throughout the centuries it has become a large complex of architectural relics and picturesque elegance. It has been recognized as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

Royal Citadel: The Royal Citadel is located on the banks of the Perfume river. The construction using exclusively bricks, started in 1805. The wall is 6 m high, 20 m thick and surrounded by a moat. The citadel has 10 gates.

Imperial Enclosure : The Imperial Enclosure is located in the centre of the citadel. It mainly consists of the Noon Gate, Thuong Uyen (Royal) Garden, Trieu temple, Thai temple, Hien Lam pavilion, Hung temple and Phung Tien temple.
 

Forbidden Purple City : Constructed early on in emperor Gia Long's reign in 1804. It was first called Cung Thanh, city of Residences, and later renamed the Forbidden Purple City by emperor Minh Mang in 1822. It is connected with the Imperial Enclosure by seven gates.

Some of the architectural constructions found here include Can Chanh Palace, Ta Huu Vu (Left and Right Houses), Can Thanh Palace, Khon Thai Residence, Kien Trung Palace, the Royal Library and Royal Theatre.
 
Noon Gate in Hue

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