Khai Dinh tomb

Khai Dinh Tomb situated in the Chau Chu mountains. It is the resting place of the 12th emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty – Khai Dinh (1885-1925). Although the area of this tomb is not too big but build it very meticulous and time-consuming, it took 11 years to build.

Overall of the tomb is a rectangular block rising to 127 steps. Maybe when you step foot in here, look at the step likely bored, don’t want to walk. But if you overcome these steps, you will have no regrets at all.
Inside Khai Dinh Tomb brings a majestic beauty that anyone easy overwhelmed. These works reflect the extravagant personality, love sported of Khai Ding King during his life.
Here, visitors will find that these works bring a mark of many different schools, most affected by the architecture of the West. Therefore, it is strange and unique compared to other traditional works of Vietnam.

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Khai Dinh king statue on top of the tomb

You will rarely see traditional materials such as wood, stone, brick,..but instead is iron doors, the cross, caro bricks, electric lighting systems,…
The main structure in Khai Dinh Tomb is Thien Dinh palace, highest, most delicate. The entire furniture of this palace is decorated with reliefs made of porcelain and crystal. Create masterpieces of art are artists Phan Van Tanh.
In the tomb has copper statues carved an image of Khai Dinh King standing and sitting.

Khai Dinh tomb inside

Khai Dinh Tomb really is a symbolic culmination of shape art porcelain and crystal, has a value about art and architecture

How to get to Khai Dinh tomb:

If you visit Hue, consider a guided full-day tour that includes the Imperial Citadel and the more impressive royal tombs such as Minh Mang Tomb, Khai Dinh Tomb. Plus points, your trip also includes visit Thien Mu Pagoda and a boat ride on Perfume river. The tour should already include transport, tour guide, lunch and more importantly, a decent guide who can reveal a lot about the sites, many of which have been damaged by war or fallen into disrepair. A downside of taking the guided tour, though, is coming to the sites with a small group of people (max 12 people) which means you’re always going to be traveling with a group and follow the guide.

Join tour in Hue: take part in tour exploring Hue 1 day by car, you will visit this beauty tomb

If you want to visit Hue city by yourself and want spend more time at anywhere you need for taking pics, more time for lunch… The private car service is the best choice: you can read more detail here: Hue city tours by private car

Entrance to the Emperor Khai Dinh Tomb:

like the rest of most tourist imperial tombs of Hue, has a price of 100.000 vnd. We recommend you buy group ticket to visit 3 places: Hue Imperial Citadel, Tomb of Khai Dinh, the tomb of Minh Mang, it’s only 280.000 vnd

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Thieu Tri Tomb – Freedom Style

Thieu Tri tomb is the second royal tomb not enclosed by a wall, the mausoleum of Thieu Tri was built in 1848, it has a similar monument plan to his father, Minh Mang Mausoleum, but is substantially smaller. The tomb is about 8 km from Hue.

Thieu Tri born in 1807 and died in 1847, the Emperor could hardly expert his death at 40, after a seven — year reign. In his dying breath, he had enough time to advise his successor on his tomb construction.

Soon after having come to the throne, Tu Duc ordered his lat her’s tomb to be built on his taste of art within only ten months.

thieu-tri-tombWith some 10 monuments, Thieu Tri tomb is divided into two parts, 100 m from one another: The tomb area on the right and the temple area on the left. Figuratively, constructors had made Thieu Tri Tomb by cutting off the middle part of the Minh Mang Mausoleum and then joining the two ends together. Most of the monuments are similar to those of Minh Mang Mausoleum yet surrounded by no wall. It le likely that Emperor Tu Duc had made use of the surrounding mountains as a natural wall, larger than that of brick.

Monuments in Thieu Tri Tomb are in close relation with natural environment. Water of the lakes are conducted by a network of underground tunnels.

Rich decorative motifs on wood and stone from different designs bas-relief with deeply carved and sharp liners.

As nature-loving dis-positing of the Emperor when he was still alive, the tomb harmonizes well with the landscape of which view from the tomb seems almost unobstructed.

tomb-of-thieu-tri-kingTips: the tomb located in west of Hue city, on the way to Minh Mang tomb, you can drop in to visit Thieu Tri tomb. It’s about 8km from Hue city.

All the tour in Hue, you can not access this site, so the best way to visit tomb is renting a private car and make customize tour with Hura Cars.

Make a customize tour in Hue

Entrance fee ticket price: 35.000 – 40.000 vnd

Gia Long Tomb – An Imposing, Grand, Magnificent Tomb

The so-called Gia Long Tomb has a complicated history of construction because in fact, it is a complex of tombs which includes not only the tomb of Emperor Gia Long, but also the tombs of other members of royalty. The complex covers a large area in Dinh Mon Village; tombs were added at different times over a period of two centuries (17-19 century).

gia-long-tomb-1After suitable land for the tomb was found, the Emperor frequently visited the area and supervise the construction. He gave the mountainous area the name Thien Tho Son and allotted each of the 42 hills and mountains of different altitudes within the area with an individual name. The Minh Thanh Temple, as well as most of the temple section in the Tomb, was completed in 1815. The work of building the main structures of the Tomb lasted for six years, from 1814 to 1820. Some other structures were completed later.

There is stone steel to the left of the tomb erected on September 18, 1820, which bears an inscription titled ‘The Merits ol the Emperor’ written by Emperor Minh Mang himself on august 10, 1820. The two rows of stone statues of mandarins,horses, and elephants at the Bai Dinh courtyard in front of the Palace, where mandarins stood during a court audience, were not completed until April 1833

gia-long-mausoleumOf the seven royal Tombs, the Gia Long Tomb is the farthest from the Hue Ancient Capital. However, it is the most imposing in terms of the natural landscape. Looking around from the center of the Tomb, a person will easily feel small in the midst of an area of mountains and hills that seem to extend endlessly. The choice of landscape here shows the King’s zeal for embracing the whole country in his arms. It should be mentioned that the King had struggled on the battlefield for a quarter of a century before finally unifying the country and becoming the first emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty.

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The architects of the time managed to impose control over nature and force the surrounding landscape to comply with human intentions by creating architectural structures which were artistic and appropriate, but modest in scale. The whole complex is a skilful blend of architectural design and nature. It has no pavilions, palaces, or ramparts: the surrounding mountains and hills serve as its natural defense. The stone tombs of the Emperor and his wife are the simplest structures and are Positioned parallel and close to each other. However, the close proximity of the two tombs manifests the loyalty and strong attachment between the Emperor and his wife, who together had experienced the vagaries of time and fate during the Emperor’s life as a warrior, making the Gia Long Tomb different to the other royal Tombs in Hue.

gia-long-tomb-2The Gia Long Tomb was the first model for a Tomb in Hue and later used as reference by the following emperors when building their own Tombs. It contributes to expressing the style of an emperor who founded the Nguyen dynasty.

Take part in Hue city tour and visit this mausoleum.

How to get there

There are 2 ways to go to Gia Long Tomb, which is really a remote spot, even for local people.

  • One is travelling by boat along Perfume River, which can be taken at the wharf at Toa Kham boat station. The boat trip is really worth a try, since it provides a unique chance to capture the scenic landscape of upstream Perfume River.
  • The other method is to go 15 km by car. You go to Minh Mang tomb (10 km from city center) and through new bridge, from there, go straight to Gia Long tomb. It takes 5 km.