My last post saw our arrival in Hue. After lunch, we set off to visit the tomb of the Emperor Tu Duc, and this post includes a few images from that visit.
Tu Duc’s tomb is just one of a number of Royal tombs just outside Hue. It was built between 1864 and 1867. Tu Duc’s reign was not a happy one, it being clouded by considerable civil unrest which you can read about on Wikipedia. Towards the end of his life, Tu Duc retreated into this tomb complex which he made his home, and where he spent his time composing poetry.
After entering the tomb complex, one of the first sights is the Xung Khiem Pavilion, on the bank of Luu Khiem Lake, which can be seen below. This is a pleasure pavilion where the Emperor wrote poetry accompanied by his concubines.
The next few photos were taken in this area, though I can’t remember exactly where. I couldn’t find out what the apparent photo shoot in the next picture was either.
We entered the Hoa Khiem Palace complex via the steps seen below.
The next two shots were taken within the Palace Complex.
From there we went on to the forecourt of the Necropolis, where the Honor Guard can be seen.
The final three shots are of the Stele Pavilion and one of the two towers that flank it. The stele is a 22 ton stone tablet inscribed with the emperor’s biography. Because he had no son, Tu Duc wrote this himself and covered both the best and the worst of his life.
More information on the Tomb of Tu Duc can be found here.
That’s it for today in Hue. The next post will cover more sights from Hue. Please come back to take a look.
If you missed the start of this tour of Vietnam, the first post in the series is here.