Khai Dinh’s tomb, Hue

Khai Dinh was the second last of the Nguyen Dynasty emperors, ruling from 1916-1925 under the French, but he died several years before his tomb was completed.  It is constructed from concrete.  Being on the side of a hill, it is quite imposing when you arrive as it towers over you and there is a fairly steep climb up steps to reach it.  Inside the structure, the artistry is quite stunning and in many cases, quite different to that which we had previously seen in historic buildings here in Vietnam.  Everything seems rich in meaning – the four seasons, the happiness symbol, the dragon, the five elements, the connection of the person with earth and heaven.  This was well worth a visit.

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