Royal Tomb of Khai Dinh

Khai Dinh Royal Tomb, Hue

It took 11 years to complete the tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh; his enduring unpopularity is due in part to his heavy taxation on peasants to fund the construction of this mansion house.

From the street facing Khai Dinh’s Royal Tomb, visitors must climb up a series of steps to reach a wrought-iron triple gate that limits access to the tomb which looks gray and imposing. It was built from out of modern materials like concrete and wrought iron. This is the first tomb equipped with electricity. Despite the Eastern design sensibility, the tomb’s architecture is partly influenced by Western world. It has been told that Khai Dinh Emperor visited the Marseilles Colonial Exhibition in France in 1922, where he was inspired by European architecture. Guests will find it interesting when they come here and see a riotous battle between Eastern and Western design elements, colorfully decorated with pieces of broken glass and porcelain.

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