Tomb of Tu Duc – Image courtesy of Everjean/Wikimedia Commons
Introducing the Tomb of Tu Duc, Hue
Stroll around this vast sprawling tomb complex positioned around a lotus-filled lake featuring wooden pavilions, tombs and temples dedicated to wives and favoured courtesans.
While some buildings are nothing more than crumbling ruins others are remarkably well preserved.
Visit the Hoa Khiem (Harmony Modesty) Pavilion, where the king worked and which still contains items of furniture and ornaments.
See household objects in the Minh Khiem Duong, said to be the country's oldest surviving theatre constructed in 1866.
The complex served as a second Imperial City where the Emperor went for 'working vacations'.
Don’t miss the Emperor's tomb, which is surprisingly modest, located at the rear of the complex, and constructed between 1864 and 1867, some 16 years before his death.
Tu Duc was a philosopher and scholar of history and literature. His was the longest reign of any Nguyen dynasty emperor, lasting from 1848 to 1883. Although he had 104 wives, he left no heir.
Location: 7km from Hue
Hours: Summer daily 6:30am-5:30pm; winter daily 7am-5pm