Tu Duc Tomb Hue, Vietnam

Activity Thôn Thượng Ba, Thành phố Huế, Thừa Thiên Huế Published on: 04-06-2020

07:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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7.00 USD

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Tomb of Tu Duc (also known as Khiem Lang) is a historical monument in the ancient vestige complex of Hue which was recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage on 11-12-1993. This is the burial place of the 4th emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty, the Emperor Tu Duc (Nguyen Phuc Hong Nham), who ruled for 36 years from 1847 to 1883, the Nguyen Dynasty's longest emperor on the throne. Tu Duc Mausoleum is a complex of architectural works located in a narrow valley in Duong Xuan Thuong village, Cu Chanh district (former), now Thuong Ba village, Thuy Xuan ward, Hue city. At the time of its construction, the tomb was named Van Nien Co (萬年 基). After the Chay Voi Rebellion, the Tu Duc emperor changed the name to Khiem Cung (謙 宮). After the king died, the tomb was renamed Khiem Lang (謙 陵).

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Why Tu Duc Tomb Hue, Vietnam is special ?

  • This is not only the royal tomb but also the 2nd residence of the 4th emperor of the Nguyen dynasty, Tu Duc emperor.
  • The poetic and most beautiful royal tomb in the tomb's system of the Nguyen Dynasty.
  • Explore the royal tomb with beautiful ancient royal architecture and ancient stories about the Tu Duc emperor.
  • Admire the only second royal theater still exist in Vietnam.

What to explore at Tu Duc Tomb Hue, Vietnam?

Tu Duc Tomb History

When starting the construction, Tu Duc emperor named for it as Van Nien Co, with the desire to be forever. However, due to the miserable construction of the tomb, the building workers were brutally beaten by the mandarins, which was the origin of the Chay Voi rebellion of the villagers who built the tomb. Although the uprising was suppressed, due to this incident, the emperor had to change Van Nien Co's name to Khiem Cung and write a sympathetic speech to apologize.

In 1864 the tomb was started construction with 50,000 soldiers involved. In 1866 Renamed Van Nien Co to Khiem Cung. And until 1873 Khiem Cung is completed.

Tu Duc Tomb Hue Architecture

The most beautiful tomb in the system of tombs of Nguyen Emperors

Tu Duc Tomb has sophisticated architecture, charming landscapes, and is one of the most beautiful tombs of the Nguyen Dynasty.

Overview of Tu Duc Tomb is a large park, integrated with nature. There is no straight line, angular, but instead is harmony, winding as completely immersed in nature, even though the work is entirely created by human hands.

In general, this overall architecture is solemn and high art, which is created in harmony between undulating hills, lush vegetation, green pine forests, and the lake's flowing lake into a peaceful and poetic scenery. It is very beautiful, reflecting an elegant melancholy, such as a sensitive soul, a fondness for nature, and the art of filial piety, known to the people as the "poet emperor".

All buildings have the word Khiem

Nearly 50 works in Tu Duc tomb in both areas: worshiping area and burial area such as Cua Vu Khiem, Khiem Cung Mon, Chi Khiem Duong, Ho Luu Khiem, Xung Khiem Ta, Du Khiem Ta, Hoa Khiem Palace ...

The most special feature in Emperor Tu Duc's Mausoleum is Minh Khiem Duong, an ancient theater considered unique in the system of tombs, with very priceless values. high on architectural art and decorative motifs. This is the place for the emperor to entertain. Currently, this is the place used to perform elegant music, court dances, ancient excerpts performed by the Hue Traditional Art Theater (under the Hue Monuments Conservation Center).

Xung Khiem Ta (where the emperor rested, wrote poems, enjoyed art), and Du Khiem Ta (the boat landing for the emperor traveling on a small boat to sightseeing on the Luu Khiem lake). The unique architecture of Emperor Tu Duc's tomb architecture, in particular, Hue Monuments Complex in general. These are rare buildings in the form of a pavilion, built on the water.

Khiem Cung Ky stele is also one of the outstanding features in Tu Duc Mausoleum. This is the inscription with the largest number of scripts in Vietnam with 4,935 Chinese characters engraved on both sides of the stele, which is also the massive stele, the largest weight among the steles of the same type at the Emperor's tomb in the Nguyen Dynasty.

Unique in that, this is also the only stele an emperor wrote for himself instead of the successive emperor composed to honor the merit, virtue of the deceased emperor. In 2015, Bia Khiem Cung Ky was recognized as Vietnam's National Treasure.

Tu Duc Tomb Art Value

With soft lines, Tu Duc Tomb is like a beautiful water-color painting, the tomb is listed as one of the most beautiful works of the nineteenth century.

How to get there?

Well, there are many different ways to visit Tu Duc's tomb. You can ride a bike, drive a scooter with helmets, take a taxi or book Hue Private Car service

Furthermore, if you would like to visit Hue Imperial Citadel, Thien Mu pagoda, Minh Mang Tomb, Khai Dinh Tomb in a day, you should book Hue  City Tour Full Day via Culture Pham Travel. Book the tour and enjoy the beauty of Hue!

Tu Duc Tomb entrance fee

To visit the Tomb of Tu Duc, you have to buy an entrance ticket. It costs VND 150,000/ adults and VND 30,000 for children. Children under 6 years old are free of charge.

Addtional information

  • You should wear elegant and polite clothes to cover your chest, your knees.
  • Bring your camera, phones, suncream, Sunglasses. sun hats.

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