Royal Tombs of Hue

In Hue, there are seven tombs of seven Emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty which were planned and constructed in the hilly region southwest of the Citadel.

Royal Tombs of Hue

In Hue, there are seven tombs of seven Emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty which were planned and constructed in the hilly region southwest of the Citadel. 

7 tombs of 7 Emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty

Hue

7 tombs of 7 Emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty

In Hue, there are seven tombs of seven Emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty which were planned and constructed in the hilly region southwest of the Citadel, named Gia Long, Minh Mang, Thieu Tri, Tu Duc, Duc Duc, Dong Khanh and Khai Dinh. They have the following features in common:
• The construction was started almost during the Emperor’s reign.
• Each tombs has dozens of splendid monuments in perfect harmony with poetical natural environment.
• Constructions in each tombs are often arranged in the following order: wall, triple gate, Salutation Court, Stele House, Temples, lakes and ponds, pavilions, garden, and finally, the tomb itself.
• According to Oriental outlook, life is ephemeral and death means returning to the peaceful and eternal world.

Royal Tombs of Hue

There are seven tombs of seven Emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty

The Royal tombs of Hue was also included in the List of World’s Wonders in “Les Merveilles du Monde” published in 1957 in France.
Apart from the above similarities, each tombs also has it’s own artistic features in accordance with an Emperor’s character:
• Gia Long Tomb: Strength and serenity.
• Minh Mang Tomb: Solemnity.
• Thieu Tri Tomb: Freedom.
• Tu Duc Tomb: Lyricism.
• Duc Duc Tomb: Simplicity.
• Dong Khanh Tomb: Delicacy.
• Khai Dinh Tomb: Sophistication.

3 famous tombs: Minh Mang Tomb, Tu Duc Tomb and Khai Dinh Tomb

Since most of the tombs were built during the Emperor’s lifetime, they are places not only for burial but for Kings to take a rest and entertain also. In all, there were 13 Kings; however, due to various reasons, only 7 had tombs including ones for Gia Long, Minh Mang, Tu Duc, Khai Dinh, Duc Duc, Dong Khanh and Thieu Tri, three of which are frequently visited by domestic and international tourists due to their glamorous architectural features.

Khai Dinh Tomb

Khai Dinh Tomb

Minh Mang Tomb

It took ten thousand soldiers and artisans to complete this tomb consisting 40 different monuments of various sizes and shapes.

Tu Duc Tomb

The romantic ruler left the impression of his romance on the architectural wonder. The monument was built as a fairyland with extreme poetic traits. Almost every poetic element seems to be embedded in this tomb.

Khai Dinh Tomb

This tomb is characterized by the brilliant interiors of colored glass and ceramic chips. The oriental designs are created to give the tombs a distinct look that makes it stand out among the similar looking tombs.

Royal Tombs of Hue

Royal Tombs of Hue

The tombs of the Nguyen Dynasty will be high on your must-visit list once coming to the city of Hue, Vietnam’s ancient imperial capital as they are vivid proofs of royal art and architecture.

Julius Orpheus
(Edited)

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