Minh Mang Tomb, Vietnam
Built with the help of 10,000 workers and artists, Emperor Minh Mang’s tomb manages to strike a perfect balance between the stately and the sublime. Travelers looking for a photo-worthy example of Nguyen Dynasty architecture will find it here.
Emperor Minh Mang ruled Vietnam from 1820 to 1840. Like many of the Nguyen Kings, the second Emperor of Vietnam was not able to enjoy his final resting place before passing away. His successor completed building Minh Mang’s tomb after his death. Visitors will notice the entire tomb compound is built on a single axis. At the foot of this axis is the gate, now sealed forever. Beyond the gate is a tree-covered and walled-off hill, where the Emperor’s body is buried in an unknown spot.
In between the gate and the hill, visitors will pass an expansive granite courtyard, two lakes, and a breezy ‘spirit pavilion’ – a place which the Emperor’s soul can come to enjoy the peaceful surroundings. There is a feeling of great symmetry throughout the grounds. The colorful enamel plates on the gateways, expansive ponds with white lotus blossoms and orange carp, and rustling pine trees all around make this one of the most photogenic royal tombs in Hue.