KHAI DINH TOMB – THE MIXTURE BETWEEN THE EAST AND WEST
Khai Dinh tomb (Ung tomb) is the most stunning construction among mausoleums in Hue city. During time King Khai Dinh ruled the country, he received lots of Western factors. So, compare to other tombs, Khai Dinh has a special combination between Eastern and Western culture. When exploring this tomb, tourist will be interested in that mixture.
LOCATION AND SETTING HISTORY OF KHAI DINH TOMB
Khai Dinh tomb lies on the Chau Chu mountain, the Southern West of Hue Citadel. Emperor Khai Dinh decided to build his rest place 1920 when he was enthroned few years. It took about 11 years to finish the tomb while he governed nation only 9 years.
ORIGINAL ARCHITECTURAL LINE IN KHAI DINH TOMB
Unlike other tombs, Khai Dinh’s area is not too large. This is the smallest tomb but the most luxurious one in system of tomb in ancient city of Hue. It is the cross – cultural communication between the East and West that the King was very excited.To complete, King Khai Dinh had to buy materials from France, Japan and Chinese. When coming here, tourists will see many still exist until now after many historical events.
Khai Dinh tomb is a kind of original mixture architecture. It does not follow any conventional kind. At here, visitors will see some of typical architectural schools: Hinduism, Buddhism, Gothique, and Roman. This combination seemly reflects characteristics of Emperor Khai Dinh- a King always directs to new things.
UNMISSABLE CONSTRUCTIONS IN KHAI DINH TOMB
Entering into the tomb, tourists will see the main gate first. There are 37 staircases with 2 stone dragon on the left and right in eastern culture. However, the massive milestones is in tower shape following kind of Hinduism architecture. This kind is also absorbed for Bi Dinh which has the stone stele writing Khai Dinh’s life. The combination really brings a strange image of the ancient constructions for visitors.
Next, what you should not miss is Thien Dinh palace. The palace has five parts connecting together with floor is decorated by marble. In the center is place to put grave of Khai Dinh. Here, there is also a statue of the Emperor following to Western style casted in France. Under the statue is the coffin and Khai Dinh is the only emperor revealing his coffin place.
Besides, the painting Nine dragons hidden in cloud will make the tourist astonished because of its beauty. Especially, it was painted by the feet of artist Phan Van Tanh. Although the picture has existed for nearly 100 years, the colour is still pretty clear and vivid. This will unforgettable thing in hearts of the tourists
THE BEST CHOICES TO GET KHAI DINH TOMB
There are various ways to get there. Tourist can join in Hue city tour one day by bus, motorbike and bicycle. However, it will be better if choosing a Hue private cars tour. Under any the severe weather, our car will drive you in the best condition.Visitors can be comfortable in moving and relaxing whenever and wherever.
Khai Dinh tomb is by the way from hue to hoi an private car, so If you are planning to visit Hoi an, let take a car
HOW MUCH TO PAY FOR ENTRANCE
Price ticket of Khai Dinh tomb is 100.000 VND (5$) for one. However, we recommend you to buy the combination ticket with some places that is lower for tourists.