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The Tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh lies on the slopes of Chau Chu mountain, about 10 km southwest of the center of Hue.
Khai Dinh was the 12th emperor of the Nguyen dynasty and Vietnam’s second to last emperor. He ruled from 1916 to 1925. He was not very popular among the people because he was considered a puppet of the French, and particularly interested in his prosperity. His reputation in the popular favor dropped dramatically when he raised taxes on the farmers by 30% for the construction and the magnificent interior of the tomb.
After his accession to the throne, Khai Dinh chose the mountain slope with a beautiful view over the country as a “home in the other world.”
The construction began in 1920. 11 years later the building was completed by his son Bao Dai, the last emperor of Vietnam Nguyen Dynasty. The tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh orientates itself at the Chinese Ming Tombs, just like the Tomb of Tu Duc.
However, this tomb includes a mixture of architectural styles, with many Vietnamese and French elements. At the same time, it documents the haughtily manner of this king.
Over steep stairs, we reach the honor courtyard, where we find statues of Mandarin, horse and elephant. In front is the stele pavilion.
About further laterally guided stairs we reach the grave temples. In a sumptuously decorated room, you can see a statue of the ruler that sits elevated on the grave.
Valuable porcelain, Chinese vases, and pictures from the life of the emperor are on display in the side rooms.
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