A Guide to 13 Nguyen Emperor Tombs from Hue, Vietnam

Nguyen Dynasty is a great Empire which had ruled the country of Vietnam for 143 years. Though being ended in 1945 by the pressure of the Revolution Party, they are still remembered as the founding father of Vietnam, the supporter of new Vietnamese language, the pioneer of Mekong Delta and many proud achievements.

Let’s learn about the 13 Emperors of Nguyen Dynasty through this brief chart. You will have great understanding and useful navigation before planning a trip to Hue, Vietnam!

  • Thiên Thọ Tomb Complex

    This extraordinary tomb complex of Vietnam Founding Father, Gia Long, is praised to be best-kept architectural secret in Hue.Built at a valley surrounding by spectacular moutain ranges with a rarely-seen double grave of Emperor and his Empress, Gia Long tomb should be definitely on your attraction list in Hue.

    Huong Tho Commune, Huong Tra District

    20 km South of Hue  Get there

    Gia Long Tomb: The Valley of Love

  • Minh Mang Tomb

    Considered to be the largest tomb with an impressive lake and monument systems, Minh Mang Tomb was enjoyed by its nature and historical value. The tomb of the Emperor who merged the Mekong Delta as Southern-most territory of Vietnam.

    Huong Tho Commune, Huong Tra District

    12 km South of Hue Get there

    Minh Mang Tomb

  • Thieu Tri Tomb

    Built by his Successor, Tu Duc, after the death of Thieu Tri Emperor, it took 9 months to finish. Known as the Tomb of Goodness, its unwalled resting place in the middle of a large paddy field make it the most noticeable and accessible one in the West of Hue.

    Thuy Bang Commune, Huong Thuy District

    8 km away from Hue Citadel Get there

  • Tu Duc tomb

    Built within 3 years under Tu Duc’s rules, it’s being known as The Tomb of Humbleness with strong emphasis on nature. Emperor himself spent a few years in this summer palace.

    17/69 Le Ngo Cat Str, Thuy Xuan Ward

    5 km from Hue city Get there

    Tu Duc Tomb – the nostalgic tomb of Hue

  • An Lang

    Thanh Thai Emperor later built Duc Duc Tomb dedicated for his unlucky father who only reigned for 3 days. It’s a simple architecture that housed two more Emperor spririts, Thanh Thai and Duy Tan in later years.

    An Cuu Ward, 2 km from City centre Get there

  • Hiep Hoa

    A simple tomb built by his own family to pay tribute to an Emperor who was unwillingly to rule the country during the early French colonization in Vietnam.

    Tam Thai Mountain, Hue City Get there

  • Kien Phuc Tomb

    Boi Tomb was quickly buit for the short-fated Kien Phuc Emperor, situated within Tu Duc Tomb complex.

    17/69 Le Ngo Cat Str, Thuy Xuan Ward Get there

  • Ham Nghi Tomb

    Ham Nghi was exiled by Frech to Algerie when he was 18. He died at the age of 73 and buried in Thonac Village, France by his children, Princess Nhu Mai, Nhu Ly and Prince Minh Duc.

    Thonac Village, Pháp. Get there

  • Dong Khanh Tomb

    Being the smallest Imperial tomb in Hue with early French architectural influence mixed with traditional Asian terracotta
    statues feature, Dong Khanh tomb cozily sits in the center of many of his family tombs. His tomb is next to Tu Duc Tomb.

    Doan Nhu Hai street, Thuy Xuan village.

    5 km from city center Get there

  • Thanh Thai

    Thanh Thai Tomb is a part of An Lang, which includes three tombs of 3 Emperors of Nguyen Dynasty: Duy Tan, Duc Duc, Thanh Thai.

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  • Duy Tan

    Duy Tan tomb shared tomb and temple area with two other Emperors, Duc Duc and Thanh Thai. It’s called An Lang in An Cuu area, Hue city.

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  • Khai Dinh Tomb

    A proud work of Khai Dinh himself combining both Western and Oriental features and the well-decorated artworks in Khai Dinh tomb also make it a rare gem of Vietnam art and architecture in the early 20th century.

    Thuy Bang, Huong Thuy Commnune, Thua Thien Hue

    7 km from city center Get there

    Khai Dinh Tomb

  • Bao Dai Cemetary

    Bảo Đại’s burial place is in the Cimetière de Passy, Paris by his last wife Monique Vinh Thuy. His tomb represents the closing of Nguyen Dynasty chapter in the history of Vietnam.

    Paris, France Get there

With all the Emperor’s history above, you may have some judgement on each one of them. However, they are a part of our beautiful history. Regardless of what they have done right or wrong, they deserve to be respected. When visiting Hue, you can visit the Hue Imperial City to learn more about them or tour many Hue Royal Tombs to see their excellent creations of art and architectures.

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