Minh Mang Tomb - The Nguyen Dynasty

Activity QL49, Hương Thọ, Hương Trà, Thừa Thiên Huế Published on: 04-06-2020

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Traveling to the Hue, walking around the tomb system of the Nguyen dynasty, you will discover that each tomb has a color, a beauty, a very unique architectural style. If Tu Duc Tomb is likened to a charming painting, captivating people; The Khai Dinh tomb is strangely beautiful with the colors of combination of East and West ancient needle, Minh Mang tomb still retains to itself the very traditional, very ancient and richly Confucian beauty.

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What to explore at Minh Mang Tomb - The Nguyen Dynasty?

1. Minh Mang Tomb Location

Minh Mang Tomb possesses a prime location and extremely favorable. Located on Cam Khe Mountain, this is the intersection of two rivers Ta Trach and Huu Trach, combined into the dreamy Perfume River.

2. Tomb of Minh Mang Emperor History

Minh Mang is the fourth son of Gia Long Emperor, a smart, clever, willful, and well-trained prince. After his father's death, Minh Mang was appointed the emperor of the Nguyen dynasty, replacing his father to manage the royal court. This was an emperor who had a great contribution to the national reform, bringing Dai Nam country up to the level of other Southeast Asian countries at that time.

During his reign, Minh Mang wanted to build himself a royal tomb to rest forever. The process of choosing a location to build a tomb takes a lot of time. After 14 years of searching, Cam Khe mountain was selected as a prime location to carry out the construction of this project. Minh Mang changed the name of the mountain to Hieu Son and named his tomb as Hieu Lang.

As a major architectural work in his life, Minh Mang attaches special importance to each building stage of the tomb. The designs or reports on the tomb architecture must be approved by the emperor. Because of being a profound, erudite, Confucianist, the architectural color of Minh Mang mausoleum also completely reflects the personality of this talented emperor.

The mausoleum was started in April 1840. Minh Mang emperor sent the officials to manage the building process the mausoleum, but once he surveyed the work progress, he discovered that the work was not carried out effectively. He demoted the officials. Unfortunately, before the construction of the Minh Mang tomb completed, the emperor got sick and passed away.

Immediately after 1 month, Thieu Tri emperor ascended the throne and continued building the tomb. In 1841, the remains of the Minh Mang emperor were buried in Buu Thanh but it was not completed until 1843.

3. The structure of Minh Mang tomb

3.1. General Setting

Minh Mang Mausoleum is one of the most important tombs in the architectural constructions of the Nguyen Dynasty. The entire La Thanh campus has an area of ​​1,750 m arranged to create a very beautiful architectural complex. Seen from above, the shape of the mausoleum looks like a person lying and resting very naturally and comfortably: The head leans the Kim Phung mountain, the hands are on both sides of Trung Minh Lake and the rest of the legs are placed on the junction of the Perfume River.

Minh Mang Tomb is surrounded by the green of trees, the quiet tranquility of rivers and lakes, the stability of mountains, all creating a poetic picture that makes people admire.

From the gate of the tomb, stepping inside, in our eyes are the structures arranged symmetrically, parallel on three axes. In the middle of the campus is a fragrant lotus lake. The image of simple, unbelievably beautiful lotus flowers is an indispensable symbol when people mention about royal tombs in Vietnam.

3.2. Dai Hong Mon Gate

The main gate of the mausoleum is called Dai Hong Mon, with a height of 9m, width of 12m, and features the architecture of the Nguyen Dynasty. This is a three-way gate with three paths and is decorated with many unique and delicate motifs such as dragon carp. This gate was rarely opened, it was only opened once only when the coffin of Minh Mang emperor was brought in. Nowadays, we get in and out at the two side gates, Ta Hong Mon and Huu Hong Mon.

3.3. Bai Dinh Courtyard

From the main entrance is Bai Dinh where statues of elephants, horses, civil and military servants stand symmetrically, waiting for the emperor in the afterlife. Next is Bi Dinh with a 14 tons stone tablet recording the biography and merits of Minh Mang emperor to the country.

3.4. Sung An Palace

Stepping into the worshiping area of ​​Minh Mang mausoleum, you will feel very interested in the Hien Duc Mon gate. With the meaning symbolizing the earth god, the tomb was built on a square piece of land. The destination considered to be the center of this area is Sung An Palace, which worships the emperor and the empress. The worshiping area has a solemn, ancient, and sacred color.

Step through 17 stone steps, an immense space of green opens in your eyes. Like a poetic place, making people feel extremely comfortable. Smooth green canopies, vast lakes with small lotuses, filled with birds, wind, leaves create an extremely poetic space. Standing on the bridge to zoom out over the surrounding space, you will have a truly poetic and peaceful feeling.

3.5. Minh Lau Pavillion

Three bridges spanning Trung Minh lake take us to Minh Lau, a resting place of the emperor after the court meetings, where the emperor releases his soul with the scenery, the natural fragrance of the sky. Minh Lau was built with architectural style imbued with Eastern philosophy with a square mold, two floors, and eight roofs. At first glance, we will be impressed with the entire palace, bringing the feeling of both ancient and bright, poetic.

3.6. Tan Nguyet Lake and Buu Thanh Burial Area

An architectural construction you should not miss during the visit to Minh Mang Tomb is Tan Nguyet Lake. This is the moon symbol surrounding Buu Thanh's sun image. Passing across the lake is the smart and justice Bridge, which takes you to the resting place of Minh Mang emperor.

It can be said that the beauty of Minh Mang Tomb Hue is a combination of classic, traditional and Confucian colors but still not losing the romantic, and poetic beauty.

4. How To Visit Minh Mang Tomb?

Well, if you would like to visit all beautiful and must-visit places as known as the Unesco World Heritages such as Thien Mu Pagoda; Hue Imperial Citadel; Khai Dinh Tomb and Minh Mang tomb, you should book Hue Private City Tour or Hue Deluxe Group Tour via Culture Pham Travel. If you just want to explore them all by yourselves, you can book Hue City Tour By Private Car with our English speaking driver.

5. Minh Mang Tomb Entrance Tickets

The open time of Minh Mang Tomb is from 7 am to 5 pm every day even on Lunar new year. 

To explore the Minh Mang Tomb, you have to buy an entrance ticket. It costs VND 150,000 for adults and costs VND 30,000 for children. Kids are under 6 years old are free of charge.

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