Fodor's Expert Review Tombs of the Emperors

Hue Religious Building/Site/Shrine
Minh Mang Tomb, Hue, Vietnam

South of Hue along the Perfume River, these scattered tombs—the ego-boosting mausoleums erected by emperors in the late 1800s and early 1900s—can easily be explored in a day, although it's likely you'll experience tomb-overload by your second site—visually and historically they are a lot to absorb. The most impressive one is the Tomb of Khai Dinh due to its ornate architecture reflecting Buddhist imagery. Between 1920 and 1931, the tomb was built with money from a 30% tax increase forced on the people. To construct the final mosaics surrounding the tomb, fine china and ceramics were broken into pieces. Take note of the dragon eyes made from champagne bottles, and the flower petals made from ceramic spoons. To this day, many Hue locals refuse to visit the shrine of this former leader who took advantage of his people. The most respected emperor was Thieu Tri, remembered for his compassion for the people, evidenced by his unornamented 1848 tomb. If you plan to see the Tomb of Tu... READ MORE

South of Hue along the Perfume River, these scattered tombs—the ego-boosting mausoleums erected by emperors in the late 1800s and early 1900s—can easily be explored in a day, although it's likely you'll experience tomb-overload by your second site—visually and historically they are a lot to absorb. The most impressive one is the Tomb of Khai Dinh due to its ornate architecture reflecting Buddhist imagery. Between 1920 and 1931, the tomb was built with money from a 30% tax increase forced on the people. To construct the final mosaics surrounding the tomb, fine china and ceramics were broken into pieces. Take note of the dragon eyes made from champagne bottles, and the flower petals made from ceramic spoons. To this day, many Hue locals refuse to visit the shrine of this former leader who took advantage of his people. The most respected emperor was Thieu Tri, remembered for his compassion for the people, evidenced by his unornamented 1848 tomb. If you plan to see the Tomb of Tu Duc, Thieu Tri's son, allow plenty of time to explore the grounds, which once housed 50 buildings in a sprawling lakefront compound. The Tomb of Gia Long is 20 km (12½ miles) outside the city, which means you're likely to have the place entirely to yourself.

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Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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Hue, Thua Thien-Hue  Vietnam

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: From 20,000d to 100,000d per tomb. Discounted packages are available for multiple tomb touring at the Citadel Ticket Office., From 20,000d per tomb; discounted packages are available for multiple tomb touring at Citadel Ticket Office