Tomb of Tu Duc

Tomb of Tu Duc, Hue

Tomb of Tu Duc
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7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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The final resting-place of this Nguyen Dynasty emperor and scholar was built before his death. A lake, pavilion and theatre still exist on the grounds.
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,613 contributions
Not only a Royal Tomb ...
Jan 2020
At only 8 km of Huê, in the Thuy Xuan Commune, you will find the "Tomb of Tu Dúc", aka the "Tomb of Modesty". It is not only a "Royal Tomb", but a complex of over 50 structures, spread along 20 hectares. Emperor Tu Dúc was the longest ever reigning monarch of the Nguyen Dynasty (1848-1883) and started planning his tomb long before his death, as the tomb was finished in 1867. He probably enjoyed it so much, that he lived in the tomb complex until his death in 1883. Emperor Tu Dúc was a philosopher and an accomplished scholar of history and literature, being responsible for writing his own funerary stele. The complex was divided in many areas, including the tomb itself, palaces, pavilions, ponds ringed by frangipani trees, a small islet and even a theather! Situated inside "Luong Khiem Pavilion", "Minh Khiem Duong" is considered the oldest surviving theater in Vietnam! Amazing legends of the Nguyen Emperors ... Enjoy!
Written November 20, 2020
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hoasonghy
Hoi An, Vietnam23 contributions
Beautiful and relaxing scenery
Jul 2020 • Family
Impressive historical site and very well kept. Definitely recommend to a boat trip from Kham port along Perfume river. Stopping by Thien Mu pagoda on the way!
Written July 29, 2020
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Daniel C
Hue, Vietnam10 contributions
Pleasant History
Jul 2020 • Couples
We visited just after a heavy summer rain about 4 PM. Rising moist air gave the tour a mystical magical experence.
We were 2 of about 10 others as the rain chased the hoards away.
We use the audio narration which is a must to get the story behind the old buildings in the compound. We spent a little over an hour. Pleasant visit good history lesson.
Written July 28, 2020
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Kim
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam2,080 contributions
Really Beautiful
May 2020 • Friends
It is different with orthers Tombs in Hue. They did focus the landscapes arround the tomb, so peace and green. Lovely!
Written May 2, 2020
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GrahamP19gv
Chepstow, UK86 contributions
Interesting history
Mar 2020
Our guide referred to this emperor as the sexy king. Lots of information to take in. The site was well laid-out with attractive lakes and small palaces
Written March 31, 2020
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RG02
Swindon, UK223 contributions
Third of three tombs on our tour
Mar 2020 • Couples
This was the last of the three tombs that we visited on our private tour of historic Hue but just as impressive as the previous two. Lovely gardens, moat and buildings, with a decent explanation in English of the most important points.
Written March 28, 2020
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timbisto
Southampton, UK52 contributions
A beautiful and historic tomb. A must see!
Mar 2020 • Couples
So a stunning place to be with such history. A true taste of historic Vietnam.
The lake and gardens are so impressive and you got to see three simple yet elegant a beautiful tombs. One for him, and one for both his wife and his brother.
It showed his generosity as an Emperor
Written March 9, 2020
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tintin 69
Da Lat, Vietnam129 contributions
Impressive and calm
Feb 2020 • Friends
Can t imgaine the life overthere untill explained . A good introduction for full day tour in the life of vietnamese empire.
Entrance fee a bit high for what it is and country but a must see
Written February 27, 2020
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Kim G
Pacific Grove, CA3,134 contributions
Exquisite Ancient Architectural Compound & Garden Sanctuary
Mar 2019
Emperor Tu Duc (reign: 1848-83), had the longest reign as Monarch of the Nguyen Dynasty. Built from 1864-67, the grounds served as his palatial retreat and home to his wives, which exceeded 100 in number. Sterile after contracting smallpox, the Emperor was unable to bear children. The Emperor would boat on the lake and hunt on its small island. The Emperor's primary wife and adopted son (who briefly ruled for 7 months), are buried at the Tomb of Tu Duc; however, Emperor Tu Duc was laid to rest at a secret location in Hue. Overall, this is a lovely and impressive, ancient, architectural compound and well-landscaped garden sanctuary, which required enormous expense and forced labor to construct,. Over 50,000 soldiers worked the project, and later rebelled along with civilians against the Emperor, but the uprising was suppressed. Emperor Tu Duc later wrote a letter of apology. No wonder this sanctuary has earned the UNESCO World Heritage Site designation.
Written February 23, 2020
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Dan W
Portland, OR1,983 contributions
Gorgeous
Feb 2020
I really enjoyed my visit of this amazing tomb, the other buildings that accompany its location and the wonderful landscaping of grounds and water features. Ponds full of koi, an imaginative islet in the lake/pond, and the amazing colorful buildings and ruins are captivating. The colorful roof tops have beautiful dragons along them and there are several bonsai trees in the courtyard. There is an amazing furniture display, a palanquin for carrying the king and information on the Nguyen dynasty. Closer to the tomb is a large brightly colored monument with porcelain flowers. At the back of the tomb is a wall with more amazing dragons Well worth an hour-long stop!
Written February 19, 2020
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