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Tu Duc's Tomb

| 03 Jan 2016
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Tu Duc's Tomb
Huyen Tran Cong Chua St, Hue
7.30 - 5.30PM

Our rating
03 Jan 2016

Many view Tu Duc's Tomb, with its traditional Chinese style layout, to be the most beautiful of the Nguyen Dynasty Tombs. Untll recently it was also one of the most atmospheric ruins. However it is undergoing comprehensive restoration. Alongside Khai Dinh's nearby tomb, this is one of the most popular for visitors to Hue. Both are easily accessed by bicycle from town.

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While Khai Dinh’s Tomb is noteworthy for its ornate extravagance, Emperor Tu Duc’s tomb showcases a traditional elegance and many view it to be the most beautiful of Hue’s royal tombs. Designed by Tu Duc himself, he is said to have preferred spending time in these serene grounds than at the palace.

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Photo: Mark BowyerTu Duc's Tomb, Hue

Tu Duc’s reign had the unfortunate distinction of coinciding with the French takeover of his kingdom. Adding to his woe, he sired no children.

Nonetheless his was the longest of Nguyen dynasty reigns (1848 - 1883) - so long in fact that he had the pleasure of enjoying the lakes and gardens of his tomb for sixteen years before he was made a permanent resident.

Travel tips
Tu Duc’s tomb is 6kms from Hue and easily accessed by bicycle in conjunction with a visit to Khai Dinh and Minh Mang’s tomb.

Mark Bowyer
Mark Bowyer is the founder and publisher of Rusty Compass.
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