Attraction Lăng Đồng Khánh, Đoàn Nhữ Hải Thủy Xuân tp. Huế Thừa Thiên Huế, Việt Nam Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Dong Khanh Tomb is special ?
Dong Khanh Tomb- the burial place of King Dong Khanh- is one of royal tombs of Nguyen Dynasty. The Tomb is well known for its historical and natural atmosphere that is very attractive for tourists.
The tomb was situated near Cu Si Hamlet, now Thuong Hai Village, Thuy Xuan Commune, Hue City. It’s only 5km from the city center. The construction of Dong Khanh Tomb met with many obstacles, prolonged over 35 years and 4 kings.
Also an adopted son of King Tu Duc, King Dong Khanh was sworn to throne by the French colonists. After being crowned, he ordered to build a temple called Truy Tu Temple inside the tomb of his father – Kien Thai Vuong. Since he didn’t expect himself to pass away at the age of 25 (3 years after taking power), he did not plan for his tomb. When King Thanh Thai continued the kingship, the country was at an unstable phase of development thus King Dong Khanh also was worshipped in Truy Tu Temple, which was then renamed as Ngung Hy Temple. His corpse was buried simply on a hill named "Ho Thuan Son", 30m to the west of Ngung Hy Temple. The whole tomb area was called Tu Lang. The building process had to be halted many times and most of the construction work was only completed under the reign of Khai Dinh – Dong Khanh’s son, in 1917.
What to explore at Dong Khanh Tomb?
The complicated history of building resulted in a mix of influence in this monument’s architecture. One of the most notable sites in the complex is Ngung Hy Temple - a twin mansion typical of Hue Citadel but backed by a third house, which makes it into a triplet complex. The temple is well-equipped with typical royal furniture and calligraphy. Besides the traditional aspects, Ngung Hy also opened up to a new era of arts inspired by both Western and Eastern traits. Remarkably, there were 24 drawings illustrating the Chinese story named “Nhi thap tu hieu” - 24 examples of filial sons and daughters.
On the contrary, the tomb area’s design was almost influenced by Western style, from its architectural peculiarities or decorative models to the building materials. The Stele Pavilion was constructed with cement, tile bricks and bricks instead of stone.
How to get to Dong Khanh Tomb?
The best way to visit the tomb is by taxi, motorbike or "xe om". It is 37 mins driving from Phu Bai International Airport and 13 mins from Hue Railway Station.
You can also go to the imperial tomb Dong Khang browsing the Perfume River by boat, moor at the pier where Ben Than to arrive walking to the Imperial Tomb.
- Wonderful combination of nature and architecture
- The burial place of King Dong Khanh in Nguyen Dynasty
- The interesting place for tourists
- Well- preserved architecture
- Far away from the city
Lăng Đồng Khánh, Đoàn Nhữ Hải Thủy Xuân tp. Huế Thừa Thiên Huế, Việt Nam
Tips for you
You should bring some drink during your trip. The weather is often colder in the afternoon, so you should bring jacket. If you visit the Tomb in the afternoon, you should prepare rain coast, because it is often unexpected rainy. And if you go on sunny day, you should prepare hat or umbrella to protect your body and health. You should bring camera and map when visiting.What to bring
If you go with kids, you should keep them to avoid run around. High heels make you uncomfortable when visiting the Tomb. If you go with group, you should pay attention them to avoid getting lost. Sitting on respected things in the Tomb is the impolite behavior. You should pay attention the closing time to get there early.Other
We cycled round all the tombs and architecturally speaking this was the best. An interesting blend of Vietnamese and French architecture (you can really see the colonial influence on the last emperor) it also boasts stunning views. The grey stone complex does get quite hot so bring some water but it's definitely well worth the visit!