Forbidden City of Hue. The Forbidden Purple City of Hue (Vietnam). Access to the Forbidden City of Hue through the south gate (Ngo Mon). Only the Emperor could enter the Forbidden City. South of the Hue Citadel

Hue Forbidden City

Hue's Forbidden City


Inside the Hue Citadel lived the Emperor of Vietnam. A part of the complex was occupied by the Forbidden city of Hue or the Forbidden purple city.

Forbidden City. Hue, Vietnam
Forbidden City. Hue, Vietnam

The only man who was allowed to cross the boundaries of the forbidden city was the Emperor, any other man who would dare, even crossing the thresholds of doors, It was punished with death.
The Queen Mother, the Empress, concubines and eunuchs were the only company of the Emperor within the confines of the forbidden purple city.

To access the forbidden city, the Emperor crossed Ngọ Mon gate or Door of the noon, leaving behind the balcony of 5 Phoenix for a bridge crossing a Lake full of lotus flowers.

Noon Gate. Imperial City. Hue, Vietnam
Noon Gate. Imperial City. Hue, Vietnam

Gate and Bridge in the Forbidden City of Hue
Gate and Bridge in the Forbidden City of Hue (Vietnam)

Pond with lotus flowers. Forbidden City of Hue
Pond with lotus flowers in the access bridge to the Forbidden City of Hue (Vietnam)

The Perfume River

The forbidden city of Hue is located in the southern part of the complex of the Citadel of Hue, and is flanked by the Perfume River.

Perfume River. Hue, Vietnam
Perfume River from the Forbidden City of Hue (Vietnam)

Perfume River. Hue (Vietnam)
Perfume River. Hue (Vietnam)

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