Minh Mang Tomb

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Minh Mang Tomb, also known as Hieu Lang, is the resting place of the second king under Nguyen Dynasty – King Minh Mang. The mausoleum is elaborately constructed with nearly 40 large and small works located on a hill with mountain, cool rivers and lakes. Minh Mang Tomb has a majestic appearance but still harmonizes between architectural works and natural.


After taking the throne for 7 years, King Minh Mang planned to build his tomb. The location of Minh Mang king chose to build the tomb was in Cam Khe mountain, near Bang Lang fork, the confluence of the two rivers Ta Trach and Huu Trach to form the poetic Huong River.

Minh Mang Tomb was built in 1840 and completed 3 years later. This work mobilized 13,000 workers and soldiers to build. In 1841, King Minh Mang died, King Thieu Tri was crowned and continued to complete the work of his father.

All works are balanced on a vertical axis, stretching from Dai Hong Mon to the wall of La Thanh after the tomb of the king.

Dai Hong Mon

Dai Hong Mon is the main gate to enter the mausoleum, designed simply like a three-door gate in traditional Vietnamese temples. The gate has 3 aisles but only 2 sub-gates used, Ta Hong Mon (left one) and Huu Hong Mon(right one) to welcome visitors to visit the tomb. Particularly the main gate was only opened once to bring the king’s coffin to the tomb.

Bai Dinh

Bai Dinh is located behind Dai Hong Mon, is paved with Bat Trang brick, the two sides have two rows of civil and military mandarin statues, elephants and horses stone standing by. Passing through these two rows of statues, visitors will see Bi Dinh located on Phung Than Son, inside there is a stele “Thanh Duc Than Cong” written by King Thieu Tri on the biography and merit of his father.

Sung An Temple

The memory place of the King and his Empress Ta Thien Nhan are worshiped.

Minh Lau House

This is the king’s resting place after the tiring working hours. Minh Lau has a beautiful location, where the king can watch the stars every night. It is square, two floors, visitors can go upstairs to admire the view in the tomb.

Minh Mang Tomb is about 12km from Hue city center. Visitors can come here by renting a dragon boat on the Perfume River. Sitting on the boat, you will enjoy the beautiful scenery of Hue nature.

Visitors can also visit Minh Mang tomb by private car rental. Taking Huyen Tran Cong Chua Street through Minh Mang Street and turn to Tuan Bridge to go to Highway 49. Running this way, visitors will reach Minh Mang Tomb.

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