Minh Mang tomb

Minh Mang tomb

Minh Mang Tomb belongs to Cam Ke Mountain Region, Huong Tho Commune, Huong Tra Town, Thua Thien Hue Province.

This majestic tomb is renowned for its architecture and sublime forest setting. The tomb was planned during Minh Mang’s reign (1820–40) but built by his successor, Thieu Tri.

Minh Mang Tomb is an overall architecture consists of 40 large and small works. Minh Mang Tomb is magnificent but very harmony between architecture and nature. The works are distributed on three major axis that are parallel to each other.

Apart from this gate at the center, there are 2 other gates: the Left Rad Gate and the Right Red Gate, which led to the Honour Courtyard – where two rows of mandarins, elephants and horse’s stone statues are standing. At the other side of the 3 gates, on Mount Phung Than is the square Stele Pavilion, where the stele “Thanh Duc Than Cong” inscribed with the King’s biography and merits written by his son, is placed. Sung An Temple, where King Minh Mang and his wife are worshipped, can be accessed through Hien Duc Gate. There are 3 stones bridges on the other side of this temple, with the marble one reserved only for the king. Finally, the Hoang Trach Gate heads to the Minh Lau Pavilion. It is placed on top of three terraces representing heaven, earth and water. Closer to the tomb area, the New Moon Lake (Ho Tan Nguyet) is crescent-shaped and embraces the circular wall surrounding the grave (Buu Thanh).

Master architects today also admire the great art of this mausoleum. Minh Mang Tomb is the most popular because it expresses the will of the cosmic world in a unique way of Vietnamese people, which is the beauty of ideological value.

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