Royal tombs

The beauty of King Khai Dinh’s tomb

The beauty of King Khai Dinh’s tomb

Emperor Khai Dinh’s tomb is built using concrete, its roof with slates and the gate is made of wrought iron. Emperor Khai Dinh (1885-1925) ruled Vietnam for 9 years. His tomb took 11 years to complete. Construction began in 1920 and was completed in 1931. Under Khai Dinh, Western culture and influence began to seep […] Read more >>
The process of building Ming Mang tomb

The process of building Ming Mang tomb

It took ten thousand soldiers and artisans to complete the project of building Ming Mang tomb. The tomb consists of about 40 monuments of various sizes; all lie within an oval shaped wall with a circumference of 2000m. The height of the Nguyen Dynasty was reached during the reign of Emperor Minh Mang (1820-1840). His […] Read more >>
Tu Duc King – an expert in eastern philosophy, history, and literature

Tu Duc King - an expert in eastern philosophy, history, and literature

King Tu Duc of Nguyen dynastry was an expert in eastern philosophy, history, and literature. He left 4,000 verses and 600 proses, yet during his reign he the king failed to gain the respect of the citizens. Born in 1829, Emperor Tu Duc had the longest reign of all in the Nguyen Dynasty. The King died […] Read more >>
King Dong Khanh’s tomb

King Dong Khanh’s tomb

The tomb of Emperor Dong Khanh is the smallest, but the most individual. He was another adopted son of Tu Duc who usurped the throne shortly after the French gained control of Hue. The tomb of Emperor Dong Khanh is the smallest, but the most individual. He was another adopted son of Tu Duc who […] Read more >>
King Thieu Tri’s tomb

King Thieu Tri’s tomb

Thieu Tri’s design for his tomb was influenced by that of his father, Ming Mang, but his instruction to his son was to make it ‘convenient and economical. Uniquely, Thieu Tri’s tomb was built by his son, Tu Duc, according to his father’s design. As his reign was comparatively brief and the work did not […] Read more >>
King Gia Long’s toms

King Gia Long’s toms

Gia Long’s tomb is the least visited, the furthest from Hue, the most difficult to get to, but arguably the most significant. The founder of the Nguyen dynasty, his tomb was the template for those that followed. The site is neglected and overgrown. However, the damage it received during the war is not the main […] Read more >>
King Khai Dinh tomb

King Khai Dinh tomb

Khai Dinh’s tomb is of great interest as an architectural watershed, the cusp between the influences of a Chinese past and a Western oriented future. In complete contrast to Emperor Tu Duc’s stylish creation, the tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh is appears at first to be an unprepossessing concrete construction. Its interest lies within in […] Read more >>
KingTu Duc’s tomb

KingTu Duc’s tomb

Architectural features of Tu Duc Tomb include poetry elements in free form. It was designed to blend with the natural setting of the landscape. Man-made elements were built and placed in strategic areas to achieve perfect harmony. The tomb of Tu Duc, the ‘poet Emperor’, is set in an elegant garden with a magnificent lake […] Read more >>
King Minh Mang’s tomb

King Minh Mang’s tomb

Minh Mang’s tomb draws the eye naturally towards the main features, and the architectural balance blends the elements into a pleasing whole. The most majestic is that of Emperor Minh Mang, a staunch follower of Confucianism with many wives, concubines and a small army of children. Planned by the Emperor and built shortly after his […] Read more >>
Hue Royal tombs overview

Hue Royal tombs overview

There are royal tombs in Hue that are the final resting places of the Nguyen Kings: Gia Long, Minh Mang, Thieu Tri, Tu Duc, Dong Khanh, Duc Duc , Khai Dinh.  Royal tombs are scattered across land to the south east of the citadel on the other side of the Perfume River and one on […] Read more >>
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