Minh Mang tomb Zenith of the Nguyen Dynasty was reached during the reign of Emperor Minh Mang (1820-1840). Minh Mang tomb was built 12km from Hue city in four years (1840-1843) by some 10,000 soldiers and workers.
The tomb consists of about 40 monuments of various dimensions. All lie within a wall, oval in shape and 2,000 m in circumference.
Running east-west from the Dai Hong Gate to the farthest part of the surrounding wall, the main axis of the tomb is 700 m long. Along it, most important constructions such as the Salutation Court, Stele House, Sung An Temple, Minh Lau Pavilion and the tomb are built. On both sides, secondary monuments are symmetrically arranged in pairs.
Main entrances to the monument complex open to varied scenes, offering visitors pleasant sights.
Minh Mang tomb is a simple architectural complex consisted of 40 constructions designed on a symmetric axis from main gate to Surrounding Wall behind the mausoleum.
Most of the monuments mirror themselves in man-made lakes.
The construction is built into 3 mains parallel axis with Than Dao path is the centre.
Dai Hong gate – the main gate. The gate presents three paths with 24 heaving roofs. The gate was opened only once to bring the king’s coffin to mausoleum and was closed since then. Now we go inside by side-gates are Huu Hong Mon (Right Gate) and Ta Hong Mon (Left Gate)
On Than Dao path, behind Dai Hong Gate is the Honour Courtyard with its two rows of elephants, horses’ statues and mandarins. Stele Pavilion is on Phung Than Mount inscribed with Minh Mang’s biography and his merits written by Thieu Tri.
The tomb planning reflects the strict social organization in Minh Mang times, the centralism and the monarch’s Confucian inclination.
Besides solemnity and symmetry, the tomb is also a tourist attraction with the natural surroundings smartly improved as a background for it’s monuments.
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