this place was by far my favorite mausoleum visited in the area and you really get a work out climbing the thousands of stairs as its built on the side of a mountain. The entrance fee is 80,000 VND and though smaller than the Tu Duc and Minh Mang mausoleum, it has better decoration and better made. The first several "levels" are made of dark marble and have beautiful dragon staircases. The bottom one had marble soldiers, horses and elephants as well as a pavilion. You continue to climb until you get to the top mausoleum building which is in striking contrast to the dark marble. The mausoleum itself is made from a lighter material and is in a French baroque style. As you enter, you immediately notice the wall decor made of mosaics and glass reliefs depicting plants and animals. In the center room is the actual tomb with a full size gold seated statue of the king. Unfortunately there is an alter in front of the tomb so you can't get a frontal view but even from the side it's impressive. The room to the far left contains a few photos and personal items belonging to the emperor. Takes about 45 mins.
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