Hue Royal Tombs- Culture Pham Travel

Hue was the capital of the Nguyen dynasty- the last dynasty in Vietnam lasted in 143 years. So visit Hue, not only visit Hue pagodas, Hue imperial citadel but also you should visit the most beautiful royal tombs of Hue.

As you know, the Nguyen dynasty emperors all prepare the royal tombs for themselves before they died for their afterlife. The Royal tomb is like a journey of the emperor from this life to enter into the afterlife, from Sunrise to Sunset.

Each tomb has a different architecture, meaning as well as beauty. So today, let’s with Culture Pham Travel explore the Top Hue Royal Tombs that you must visit in Hue.


1.1 Gia Long Tomb

Hue Royal Tombs in Hue City
Hue Royal Tombs – Gia Long Tomb

As you know, Gia Long emperor is the founder and the first emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty. Gia Long Tomb is a complex of some different tombs of his wife and relatives on a cluster of mountains and hills built-in 1814.

This tomb is the biggest royal in Vietnam following the strict Fengshui setting. It leans on Dai Thien Tho mount, faces the Perfume River. On the Perfume River, there are 2 islets as a green dragon on the left and a white tiger on the right, guarding and protecting his royal tomb.

The Gia Long Tomb is about 20 km from Hue city center.

Gia Long Tomb - Hue Royal Tombs
Gia Long Tomb – Hue Royal Tombs

The open time is from 7 am to 5 pm every day, and Gia Long Tomb entrance tickets cost VND 50,000/ person. You can get there by boat along the Perfume River or by car.

1.2 Minh Mang Tomb

Hue Royal Tombs- Culture Pham Travel
Hue Royal Tombs- Minh Mang Tomb

Minh Mang was the second emperor of the Nguyen dynasty who helped to get the whole of Vietnam’s land as nowadays. He built his royal tomb on the Tam Tai Son mount on 28 hectares in 1840.

The Tomb was built on an axis and from the sky looking down, it is exactly the body of Minh mang emperor relaxing. His head leans on the mountains and faces to the South, the Perfume River. In this royal tomb, our knowledgeable tour guide will tell you a scary secret about his royal tomb.

Minh Mang Tomb- Hue Royal Tombs
Minh Mang Tomb in Hue

This royal tomb opens every day from 7 am to 5 pm. To get into this beautiful tomb, you have to buy an entrance ticket. It costs VND 150,000 for a person. Children under 5 are free. Children under 12 years old VND 30,000. To get to Minh Mang’s Tomb, you get get a dragon boat, a taxi, a Grab bike, or a private car tour.

1.3 Thieu Tri Tomb

Thieu Tri Tomb- Hue Royal Tombs
Thieu Tri Tomb- Hue Royal Tombs- Hue city

In the Hue Royal Tombs system of the Nguyen Dynasty, the Thieu Tri tomb is kind of similar to Minh Mang’s tomb. Thieu Tri Tomb is also leaned on Thuan Dao mount in Huong Thuy district, about 8 km from Hue city center.

On the throne for 8 years, the Tu Duc emperor, his successor built this tomb in 1847.  It took only 3 months to complete. The only difference between Minh Mang and Thieu Tri tombs is Thieu Tri Tomb has no surrounded wall in the tomb area.

Similar to other Hue Royal Tombs, Thieu Tri tomb opens from 7 am to 5 pm every day. It costs VND 50,000 for a person to visit.

1.4 Tu Duc Tomb

Tu Duc Tomb-Hue Royal Tombs - Hue , Viet Nam
Hue Royal Tombs- Tu Duc Tomb

Emperor Tu Duc was the 4th emperor of the Nguyen dynasty and he was the longest emperor on the throne at 36 years. The Tomb took 3 years to complete from 1864 to 1867.

Tu Duc Tomb is the only tomb in the tomb system that is not only the burial area but also the second residence of the emperor. Located in a narrow valley in Duong Xuan Thuong village, Tu Duc built his tomb before he died.

In his tomb, the first section is the residence and the second section is the burial area. Our tour guide will tell you more about his biography and his sadness as well as the reason why he named his tomb the “Modest Tomb”.

Tu Duc Royal Tomb- Culture Pham Travel

Like other royal tombs, Tu Duc Tomb opens every day, from 7 am to 5 pm. Tu Duc Tomb entrance fee costs VND 150,000/ person, children under 5 are free, and under 12 years old cost VND 30,000. To get to Tu Duc Tomb, you can ride a bike, take a taxi, grab or book a private car from Culture Pham Travel.

1. 5 Khai Dinh Tomb

Mandarins on Courtyard - Khai Dinh Tomb
Mandarins on Courtyard – Khai Dinh Tomb

Unlike other Hue Royal Tombs in the Nguyen dynasty tomb’s system, Khai Dinh Tomb is totally different. It is the smallest tomb but is the most beautiful and expensive in the World.

It took 11 years to complete, from 1920 to 1931. To build this tomb, they went to France to buy cement; to China and Japan to buy colored glass, ceramic, beer bottles…to break them into small pieces to inlaid to decorate.

Moreover, Khai Dinh Tomb is a mix of a lot of different architecture such as Western; Eastern, Modern, and old, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Vietnamese and French.

Khai Dinh Tomb is the most famous tomb that you should not miss. The Khai Dinh Tomb entrance ticket is VND 150,000/ person for adults and VND 30,000 for children from 5 to 11 years old. It is also open every day from 7 am to 5 pm.

1.6 The Royal Tomb Of Dong Khanh

Dong Khanh Tomb or Tu Lang is the resting place of Dong Khanh Emperor – the 9th emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty. Located between the two tombs of Thieu Tri and Tu Duc, Dong Khanh mausoleum belongs to Cu Si village, Duong Xuan canton, today is Thuong Hai village, Thuy Xuan commune, Hue city.

Dong Khanh Tomb- Culture Pham Travel
Dong Khanh Tomb- Hue Royal Tombs

The process of building the Dong Khanh mausoleum took place through 4 emperors reigns (1888-1923), so the Dong Khanh mausoleum bears the mark of two architectural features of two different historical times.

2. Hue Royal Tomb maps

3. Hue Tombs Travel Guide

Entrance fee:

  • Gia Long Tomb fee, Thieu Tri Tomb fee: 50,000 VND (2.16 USD) for adults; Free for children under 12.
  • Minh Mang Tomb fee, Khai Dinh Tomb fee, Tu Duc Tomb fee: 150,000 VND (6.47 USD) for adults; Free for children under 30,000 VND (1.29 USD).

Operating time: 8:00 – 18:00.

Update Entrance fee for HUE monuments in 2022:

HUE Entrance Fee Monuments in 2022

If you still do not know what to do in Hue city. Please refer to the following article: The Best Things To Do In Hue in 2020. To get a great experience with Vietnamese history, Royal lives of Emperors, Concubines, and eunuchs.

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