Tomb of Khai Dinh King

Tomb of Khai Dinh King

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Tomb of Khai Dinh 

Of all the rulers who had tombs built for themselves in the former imperial city of Hue, Emperor Khai Dinh achieved the grandest design. Markedly Vietnamese with subtle French influences, this structure took over a decade to build. The entrance is marked with 37 steps, framed by carved dragons. Statues of horses, elephants and the military line the forecourts. Ceramic and glass form mosaics of dragons along the walls of these yards.

Tomb of Khai Dinh King
Tomb of Khai Dinh King

 

The mausoleum itself is a concrete, slate and marble complex of pavilions and pagodas. The ceilings of the tomb are hand painted. Kai Dinh died young and was not very popular among the people. It is said that he imposed taxes upon the peasants in order to raise money for the construction of his tomb.