Since Hue was once the capital of Vietnam, mausoleums of emperors have become the symbols of this imperial city. Among the most famous ones is the Royal Tomb of King Minh Mang on the west bank of Perfume River and about 12kilomters south of Hue City center.
Representing a middle way between its counterparts, Tomb of Khai Dinh and Tomb of King Tu Duc, the tomb lacks the sprawling size of the former while way more refined than the latter. The Emperor buried in it after his death is one of the staunchest Confucians in Nguyen Dynasty, which explains the classical Chinese scheme his tomb with a symmetry that no other royal tomb can match.
In here you can see 40 constructions including palaces, temples, pavilions, etc. and reflective ponds lined with pine trees, which makes a perfect combination of manmade and natural beauty of Hue, where architecture fits harmoniously into the surrounding landscape.
Bring along sunglass and water if you visit the tomb during April - September while an umbrella and jacket would be needed during the rainy months of October - March. Inside the Hue city there are Imperial Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda and Dong Ba Market also worth a look at. Need a tour? Check out our selected 12-Day Vietnam Tour from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh!