Hue is the city has the most UNESCO Heritage Sites in Vietnam. Hue is not only famous with the Imperial Citadel, but also famous with the Imperial Tomb of Nguyen Dynasty. Nguyen Dynasty was the last ruling family of Vietnam. Nguyen Dynasty has 13 kings but due to the economy and politics reasons, there are just 7 royal tombs were built. And the most special architecture is architecture of Imperial Tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh.
It is located in Chau Chu Mountain, far from Hue city center about 10km; transfer by private taxi of Hanoi Private Taxi takes about 15mins. It was built for the Nguyen Emperor Khai Dinh. It was built from 1920 to 1931 taking 11 years to complete. The tomb is a blend of Western and Eastern architecture.
The tomb’s surface area is much smaller than the tombs of his predecessors. However, the building itself is far more elaborately designed than others of its era, being a mix of a number of architectural styles: European and Asian, as well as ancient and modern.
You shout cross 127 steeps from outside to the gate of the tombs, other 29 further steps to visit the first place this is one of the most beautiful points of the visit, the courtyard of ceremonies, with stone statues of elephant, horse, functionary of Nguyen dynasty, etc.
The most important place in Imperial Tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh is, with which contains bronze statues and steles of the King. On the wall have many beautiful pictures and the poems decorated and inlaid with elaborate glass and porcelain designs, most particularly is the pictures painted with feet of Mr Nguyen Van Tanh name “Nine Dragons in Cloud”. The last place to visit is the room has many pictures of Emperor Khai Dinh.
Entrance fee is 100,000dong/pax (around 4,6usd), you can spent about 1 – 1,5 hours to visit the tomb. If you have planned to visit Hue Imperial Citadel and another Emperor tomb, don’t forget combination ticket, you will save lot money. Click here for information about entrance fee in Vietnam 2016 by Hanoi Private Taxi.