Hue in vietnam, Vietnam explorer: Going to Tu Duc's Tomb is going to a sacred place

Going to Tu Duc's Tomb is going to a sacred place

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Tu Duc's tomb is located in a narrow valley in Thuong Ba village, Thuy Xuan Commune, Hue City.
ltuduc2.gif (13241 bytes)The tomb lies in a boundless pine forest, 8 km from Hue.
Its construction started in December 1864 and finished in 1867.

There are about 50 gates, buildings, terraces and pavilions inside the complex. It is about 12 ha in surface.  The tomb is divided into two main parts: the temple area and the tomb area itself. The temple area starts with the Vu Khiem entrance and the romantic Luu Khiem lake. On the lake, there are Xung Khiem Pavilion and Du Khiem Pavilion. The temple part continues with three Thanh stone steps to Khiem Cung Gate leading to Hoa Khiem Palace. It was the Emperor’s working place and is now used as an altar devoted to the Emperor and Empress. , there are Phap Khiem House and Le Khiem House for the military and civil mandarins On its sides. The next part is the tomb area. On the left of the temple is the necropolis itself slopping upward with the Honour Courtyard, the Stele Pavilion, and the seplucre. It is right behind Bai Dinh (Honour Courtyard), with two rows of magnificent military and civil mandarins, is Bi Dinh (Stele Pavilion) with the biggest stone  in Vietnam.

Tu Duc’s tomb is not only one of the most beautiful works of the Nguyen dynasty, but it is also a romantic scenery of mounts and lakes
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The most interesting part of this tomb is that despite the grandeur of the site and the amount of time Tu Duc spent there, he was actually buried in a different, secret location somewhere in Hue. Even today, the mystery of Tự Đức’s real tomb still keeps in secret.

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