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“Historical and very impressive tomb”
Review of Tomb of Khai Dinh

Tomb of Khai Dinh
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

Highly recommended.It is the must place to visit in Hue. The tomb is a blend of Western and Eastern architecture. It is located on a steep hill outside of the capital city of Huế. The inside of the tomb featuring porcelain art. The ceiling of the palace is decorated with nine intricate dragons. The rear room of the palace is home to a temple containing Khải Định's grave.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

Having visited the three famed Tomb sites of Khai Dinh, Minh Mang and Tu Duc, this was the highlight by far and the must visit. A small site, much smaller than the other two, it's magnificence is the mosiac quality and architectural brilliance in the positioning of the tiers, monuments, terracotta figures and steps within the small space to make it visually stunning. The mosiacs and decor are very impressive and give a historic reflection of Nguyen artistary. This site also gives you access to the tomb which the interior decor is stunning. For me it was the only one of the three that was visually stunning from a tomb perspective, the other two were large landscapes of gardens and buildings and not resemblent what you may associate with a tomb, like Khai Dinh. The surroundings give you a real off the beat enclosure, ascending the tomb tiers, the top tier gives you a great scenic view of the landscape, a beautiful picture.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

A good view once you are at the top! No grounds to explore but once inside the Tomb there are some amazing mosaics!

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 27 April 2018

First time in Hue, we visited Tomb of Khai Dinh. Looks a little run down, but overall it was a good place to visit.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Young L
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Reviewed 23 April 2018

This royal tomb complex was built at the hill slope of Chau Chu‘s mountain about 10km from Hue City. It is a small tomb nevertheless I would said the most sophisticated and elaborate with colourful details if compare to others Nguyen Dynasty Tombs. Minh Mang or Tu Duc tombs where there are garden, lake and trees in the natural surroundings. This tomb complex constructed from concrete and is greyish natural colour without any painting on the outer wall. Similar colour to the Pha Tu Xai in Vientiane, Laos. It has the mixed of western and oriental design architectural. Emperor Khai Dinh reigned the throne in 1916 and start building the tomb in 1920 but he died in 1925 before the tomb was completed. However, his son Emperor Bao Dai, the last emperor of Vietnam continue to finish the construction of the tomb in 1931, six years after and total it took 11 years to complete. This is last Royal Tomb to be constructed in Hue for the Nguyen Dynasty.
Going up is a concrete step of five terraces flank by dragon on both sides to visit the tomb complex. The first courtyard has the Triple Gate, which is a common structure in temples and tomb sites in Vietnam and on the Left is the Huu Tung Tu and on the Right is Ta Tung Tu temples. This two temples dedicated to worship the honour military and civil mandarins of Emperor Khai Dinh.
Moving further up the second terrace is the Salutation Courtyard with the stone statues of civil and military mandarins, elephant and horses set on both left and right hand of the courtyard. In addition to these statues, similar to those of other tombs, there are six more couples representing the bodyguards and soldiers. The octagonal Stele Pavilion is at the middle rear section flank by two obelisk – one on each side which is symbol of power and stability of the Dynasty. Inside the octagonal Stele Pavilion is the stone stele in memory of Emperor Khai Dinh life and accomplishment, composed and engraves in Chinese characters by Emperor Bao Dai, his adopted son.
Another two terraces up the steps flanked by fierce stone dragon of each side of the concrete staircase is the elaborate Thien Dinh Palace. It is the most impressive architecture of all the tombs visited. The ceiling was painted with nine dragon flying in the clouds by a popular Vietnamese artist who paint with his leg. The interior wall decorated with colourful broken glass, porcelain vases and mosaics and tiles of dragon, peacocks and celestials themes. It consist of three section, the centre front section is the altar with the tablet for worshipping Emperor Khai Dinh. In the centre is the Emperor Khai Dinh’s bronze statue which was casted in France in 1920. Above the impressive elegance canopy above and the emperor’s tomb is below. At the rear section is the tablets for the worshiped of Emperor’s Khai Dinh ancestral. On the left of Thin Dinh palace is a small exhibition hall (formerly where the tomb caretaker reside) where Emperor Khai Dinh’s personal effect are on displayed such as the bronze incense burner which was casted in Ngu Xa bronze casting village in Hanoi. It was a gift on his 40th birthday in 1924. The casting was decorated with the features of unicorn, squirrel and vine leafs. The bronze standing statue of Emperor

Date of experience: December 2017
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