Tomb of Khai Dinh – Image courtesy of Andrew/Wikimedia Commons
Introducing the Tomb of Khai Dinh
Climb up 127 steep steps to ponder the tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh – a unique mix of Gothic, Baroque, Hindu and Chinese Qing dynasty architecture.
The tomb took 11 years to build, from 1920 to 1931. Outside, a squad of stone statues – representing bodyguards – stand guard.
Inside, the walls of the two main rooms feature intricately designed glass and ceramic mosaics. The ceiling of the palace is decorated with nine intricate dragons. To the rear of the palace sits a temple containing Khai Dinh’s grave as well as an altar and a seated statue of the emperor.
Location: Chau Chu mountain near Hue
Hours: Summer daily 6:30am-5:30pm; winter daily 7am-5pm