An architectural marvel, the Tomb of Minh Mang is located 12 kilometers from Hue, on the western banks of the Perfume River. It is set amid a forest, in a tranquil environment and holds the grave of Nguyen dynasty’s second emperor – Minh Mang. Construction of this tomb was planned during his living days and had commenced in September 1840. However, the emperor passed away in January 1841 and the work was carried out by his successor Emperor Thieu Tri. Minh Mang’s corpse was buried here in August 1841; however, construction of the structure was completed in 1843.
Spread across 18 hectares of land, the walled area encompasses 40 monuments inclusive of temples, palaces, lakes and pavilions. The architectural style is based on Chinese concepts and is much distanced from that of other tombs belonging to the same period. The main gate to enter the tomb is Dai Hong Mon which was opened only when the emperor’s coffin was brought inside and has been closed since then. Visitors can enter the tomb through other two gates – Ta Hong Mon (Left Gate) and Huu Hong Mon (Right Gate).
Getting there: If you are not much fond of boat rides (which take about 2 hours), you may drive up to the place, as it takes only 40 minutes from the city center.
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