Simple Duc Duc Tomb

Duc Duc Tomb is on the area of An Cuu District, Hue city. It is the tomb of three Kings: Duc Duc, Thanh Thai and Duy Tan, so it also called An Tomb, means “the tomb of peace” or “the tomb for the rip of the King.” Compared to other tombs, An Tomb is quite small and the structure there is simple. The tomb covers an area of more than 3000 meters square and also, there is no stone status as other tombs. Many people say that the tomb looks like a small place to take a rest in the middle of a green forest and small stream.

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Duc Duc Tomb has more simple structure compared to other tombs. Also, there is no stone status as found in others

Balance Dong Khanh Tomb

Dong Khanh Tomb or Tu Tomb (“Tu” means privacy) is between Thieu Tri and Tu Duc Tomb in Thuong Hai village, Hue City. The tomb was built from 1888 to 1923 and its structure was little affected by Western style. The most special thing in the tomb is Ngung Hy Palace, the magnificent museum of Lacquer art in Vietnam. Together with Lacquer creations, the colorful glass windows bring to the tomb an undeniable beauty.

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The road lead to the courtyard with stone dragon carving and a big stone gate

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Stone statuses of elephants, horses and troops in the courtyard in Dong Khanh Tomb

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Serene Thieu Tri Tomb

Being the tomb with the shortest constructed time (10 months), the Thieu Tri King lies on Cu Chanh Village, Huong Thuy District, about 8 kilometers from the center of Hue city.

Has Thuan Dao Mountain on the back, the tomb is the only one which doesn’t have the surrounding wall to protect the tomb. Tu Duc King was chosen the place to build his father’s tomb and produced the combination of structures of Gia Long and Minh Mang Tombs. The landscape of peaceful village with rice fields and fruitful garden, the tomb brings the feeling of a king spending time with agriculture to take a rest after reigning.

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The building has landscape of forest and mountain that bring to the visitors a feeling of balance between human and natural

Sophisticated Khai Dinh Tomb

Being resting place of the 12th king of Nguyen Dynasty, Khai Dinh Tomb is the only one structure that has the combination of both Western and Asian design. About 10 kilometers to the South West of Hue city, Khai Dinh Tomb located on Chau Chu Mountain, Huong Thuy District. It is the most luxury and took the longest time to be completed among 7 tombs (1920-1930).

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The whole view of Khai Dinh Tomb

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Picture of “nine dragons hiding in the clouds” on the roof of Khai Dinh Tomb is one of the most invaluable relics of Vietnam

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Smallest objects in Khai Dinh Tomb are also great carved

All of the objects from columns to basement in the tombs were carved sophisticatedly by the most enlightened artisans in the country and all of the carvings as dragons and phoenix are covered with gold. More important, the three pictures “nine dragons hiding in the clouds” are the most valuable and magnificent relics in Vietnam.

Nguyen Le via VnExpress

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