TU DUC TOMB- ROMANTIC ARCHITECTURE WITHIN VALLEY
Tu Duc tomb (Khiem tomb) is one of the most outstanding constructions in building art of mausoleum in city of Hue. Not only the original architecture but also the harmony with nature make Tu Duc mausoleum becomes unforgettable in mind of the tourists.
Tu Duc mausoleum is located on a narrow valley in Thuy Xuan district. It is about 8 kilometers from Hue city. Surrounding the tomb is a pine tree forest. It turns this valley into an ideal place for resting place of a deep learning King – Tu Duc.
ATTRACTIVE ARCHITECTURAL LINE OF TU DUC TOMB
In general, Tu Duc mausoleum is a harmonious block of architecture. Here, tourist can see it like a big park including mountain, forest, grass and lake. With soft lines of construction, the tomb seemly does not make tourists think about the ancient beauty but the romantic. If you are planing to visit Hue with Hue Hoi An private car, do not miss it
Tu Duc tomb’s setting has two parts with nearly 50 small and large constructions. The first one is the temple area and the second is burial area. A common thing is that name of each construction always attached to word “Khiem”.
After entering Vu Khiem entrance, you will see Luu Khiem lake first. It was a small stream in origin but was broadened to become a lake. In the centre of lake is Tinh Khiem island where people grow flowers and keep animals. The next place is Hoa Khiem palace. It lies on the center of construction. Long time ago, the King worked here and now it is used for worship of the King and Queen.
An interesting construction of this mausoleum is Minh Khiem Duong theatre. This is the oldest theatre in Vietnam to serve for music favourite of King Tu Duc. And another area is Chi Khiem Duong. He use this place to worship his wives.
Located on the left hand is Bai Dinh. Like other tomb architecture, there are always two rows of statues. It symbolizes for military mandarin and civil mandarin who served for the King in past. Tourists may figure out some parts of works that the King had to face everyday.
Similarly, Tu Duc mausoleum also has a place to put the stone stele. People call it Bi Dinh that has the biggest stone stele in Vietnam. Special thing here is that Tu Duc had to build his stele by himself instead of his son. Because he is the only King that had no son. Probably this is the most regrettable thing of Tu Duc although he is a dutiful son with his mother. Looking at the stele, visitor will admire “ Khiem Cung Ky” written by himself. He wrote about his life, success and failure… during time he ruled the country.
Besides, tourists will never miss Buu Thanh – lying on the top of hill. This is the place to build grave of Emperor Tu Duc. Although until now, nobody knows exact information about position to put his coffin.
THE BEST WAYS TO VISIT TU DUC TOMB
To go to Tu Duc mausoleum, tourists can choose different transportations. If you select Hue city tour one day, you can go by motorbike, bus, or bicycle. However, under the extreme weather of the Central Vietnam, we recommend you to use Hue private cars 1 day trip. You will have fantastic experience without tiredness.
HOW MUCH YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR ENTRANCE
If you buy the ticket at the main gate of Tu Duc tomb, normally tourists have to pay about 5$ for one. However, you can choose to buy a combining ticket with some of places in Hue city tour. Because the price is always lower than normal.