Tu Duc Tomb

Attraction 8 Đoàn Nhữ Hải, Thủy Xuân, tp. Huế, Thừa Thiên Huế, Việt Nam Published on: 04-03-2016

2 hours
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
09:00 AM
11:00 AM
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Temple & Monument
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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Tu Duc tomb is known as one of the top beautiful architectures of Nguyen Dynasty. In the past,it was served as a palatial retreat for Tu Duc and wives.

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Why Tu Duc Tomb is special ?

Tu Duc tomb is well-known for its history of Nguyen Dysnasty. The tomb is the place where Tu Duc began planning his tomb long before his death in 1883. The tomb was constructed between 1864 and 1867. The construction of Tu Duc’s tomb requires an incredible amount of money and labour, thus resulted in a rebellion of workers. Therefore, the tomb was renamed as Khiem Lang, in comparison with the former name: Van Nien Co (expresses the wish to be permanent). In addition, all the constructions’ names were changed to bear the word Khiem (Modesty) in their names, as the king wanted to express his humility.

It was the place where he could retreat from the Citadel to compose poetry or go hunting because the monument was finished when the king was still in reign. The design of the tomb is said to clearly reflect the profound knowledge and romance of the king’s characteristics.

What to explore at Tu Duc Tomb?

A glance at the tomb can create the illusion of a scenic park, packed with lakes, hills, pavilios amidst the lushness of frangipani trees and grove of pines. It’s surrounded by a solid octagonal wall. A few notable sites in the temple area inside the tomb can be listed as Luu Khiem Lake, Tinh Khiem Island, Xung Khiem Pavilion, Hoa Khiem Temple (which commemorated the King and the Queen). Hoa Khiem Temple is a small museum of the King’s life: a mirror used by the King’s concubines; a lock gifted by the French; the funerary tablets of the emperor and empress. As the tomb also functions as a home away from home, there is even a royal theatre inside the complex, named Minh Khiem Duong. The theatre is a reflection of Tu Duc’s poetic soul, with the ceiling carved with stars, clouds, crescent moon and sky. Today, perfomances are not shown in this theatre but in Xung Khiem Ta (near Luu Khiem Lake).

The remaining part is the tomb area, consisting of the Honour Courtyard, the Stele Pavilion and the seplucre. The Stele Pavilion of this tomb is known as the biggest one in Vietnam, in which the king has inscribed about his life by himself.

Coming to Tu Duc Tomb, tourists may feel like they’re lost in a huge scenery park, where the old monuments of old feudal time are harmoniously in tune with the natural atmosphere.

How to get to Tu Duc Tomb?

You can get Tu Duc tomb by many ways, such as: motorbike, car, taxi or even bike.

If you are in Vong Canh Hill, you will get there easily by walking or other ways. From Vong Canh Hill, you will go straight on Huyen Tran Cong Chua and turn right on Doan NHu Hai. It takes about 10 minutes by walking.

If you are in the Pilgrimage Village Hotel, you go straight on Le Ngo Cat and turn left on Huyen Tran Cong Chua. Then you will turn left on Doan Nhu Hai. It takes about 10 minutes by motorbike.

Selling points

  • Have a good guide to appreciate the Tomb
  • Beautiful Buildings in Lovely Setting
  • Famous tomb in Hue
  • Like going to an archaelogical dig - you will see ruins of a king buried in a secret place
  • The grounds, not tomb are the attraction
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8 Đoàn Nhữ Hải, Thủy Xuân, tp. Huế, Thừa Thiên Huế, Việt Nam

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TripAdvisor View more

A serene, historic and overwhelming location built by the longest reigning monarch in Vietnam. Give 2-3 hours and do not hurry, as there is a lot of interesting facts displayed at every point. Right from point of entrance, every place will take you to the past when the Emperor was alive. The only downside are the tumbling structures which needs immediate attention and restoration. And considering the vastness of the site, it indeed will require quite a large amount

FourSquare View more

Quite impressive ground. Try to read about the different parts in your guide book as not everything if self-explanatory.

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