Khai Dinh tomb

Khai Dinh tomb

Khai Dinh Tomb, also known as Ung Lang, is the tomb of King Khai Dinh (1885-1925), the 12th king of the Nguyen Dynasty, located on the Chau Chuc Mountain, now is in Thuy Bang Commune, Huong Thuy Town, Hue city.

Step into the tomb of Khai Dinh is a majestic gate with 37 steps which carved very large dragon statues. The pillars of gate built according to shaped-tower were influenced by Hinduism. This is also the result of East-West cultural interference: a balanced combination between wood, land, water and plants. Overall, it’s an emerging rectangular structure with 127 steps, leaning against the mountain. The side walls are formed by the biggest sculptures of dragons in all over Vietnam. After climbing upstairs, tourists can first see the house of epitaph. The statues of madarines court (including madarines, horses, soldiers...) are placed at the courtyard.

The most notable place in Khai Dinh Tomb is Thien Dinh Palace, which contains bronze statues and steles of the King. Walls are densely decorated and inlaid with elaborate glass and porcelain designs. The most highlighted feature of this room is the intricate painting on the ceiling, illustrating nine dragons amidst fleeting clouds. Inside the tomb, there are two statues modelled the King.

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