Dong Khanh Tomb- The Best Hue Royal Tombs

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Possessing a unique Asian-European architectural style, Dong Khanh Tomb has been recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage. Dong Khanh Tomb is a unique architectural work in the system of Nguyen Dynasty mausoleums in the ancient capital of Hue.

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After 4 generations of Nguyen Emperors and 35 years of formation, Dong Khanh Tomb is an impressive attraction for tourists when traveling to Hue city.

Tomb of Dong Khanh Location

Dong Khanh Tomb is also known as Tu Lang – this is the mausoleum of the 9th emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty. Along with Minh Mang Tomb, Khai Dinh Tomb, and An Dinh Palace, Dong Khanh Tomb is one of the beautiful attractions attracting a lot of tourists when coming to the ancient capital. The Dong Khanh mausoleum is located in the middle of peaceful countryside in Thuong Hai village, Thuy Xuan commune, Hue city.


The royal tomb of Dong Khanh Emperor is located between the tombs of Thieu Tri and Tu Duc. This place was recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage on December 11, 1993. Visiting Dong Khanh mausoleum, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the architectural beauty as well as learn the history of Vietnam under the reign of this Emperor.

How to get to Dong Khanh Tomb Hue?

If you would like to visit Dong Khanh Royal Tomb and other Hue royal tombs of the Nguyen Dynasty Emperors, you must book our Hue Private Car. Our friendly English-speaking driver will give you some basic information about Dong Khanh Emperor as well as other famous attractions in Hue for 1 day.

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If you would like to have a full-day trip to explore Hue Imperial Citadel complex; Thien Mu Pagoda, a Dragon boat trip along the Perfume River, Minh Mang Royal Tomb, and Khai Dinh Tomb, please referring our Hue City Tour 1 Day, Hue Group City Tour, Hue city tour half day,  We are willing to customize the itinerary for you following your requests.

From Hue train station, you should take Bui Thi Xuan street, then turn left to Huyen Tran Cong Chua Street. Go straight ahead until you see Tu Duc Tomb. From Tu Duc Tomb, continue about 200m, look to the right and you will see the Royal Tomb of Dong Khanh.

Dong Khanh Tomb History

Visiting Dong Khanh’s mausoleum, you will have the opportunity to learn about the long process of forming this royal tomb. The mausoleum was built, repaired, and renewed within 35 years (1888 – 1923), through 4 different Emperor reigns Dong Khanh, King Thanh Thai, and Duy Tan to Khai Dinh Emperor.

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According to historical records, the architectural works in the royal tomb of Dong Khanh were mostly built under the reign of the Khai Dinh Emperor.

He restored the mausoleum to include: the Stele pavilion, two rows of statues of mandarins, elephants, and horses sculptures. He also laid bricks, built railings, built the Nghi Mon gate in front of the burial area, and built stone steles at Bi Dinh, Ngung Hy palace, etc.

Tomb Of Dong Khanh Architecture

If the royal tomb of Tu Duc has a traditional style, Khai Dinh Tomb later shows a modern feature, then Dong Khanh Tomb is a transitional step between the two architectures. The mausoleum bears the marks of two different historical times.

The worshiping area

The worship area has a sacred altar area facing the Southeast, with bold ancient architectural features. The main hall and the outbuildings look splendid because they are painted with gilded vermilion.

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Right in front of the temple area, there is a crescent lake as the “Fengshui” element, and Thien An hill is used as a front screen. You will feel extremely impressed by Trung Hy Palace. This place is known as a place to store many gilded and lacquered art in Vietnam.

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the complex built with the structure of the word “TAM” from the “overlapping roof of a connecting house” architecture, the palace has a unique architectural feature.

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There are many glass windows with different colors and 2 ancient paintings depicting the Franco-Napoleon war. In addition to ancient artifacts, there are also many modern artifacts such as perfume bottles, walking sticks, watches on display here.

The burial area

Dong Khanh burial area turns to the East – Southeast, taking Thien Thai mountain as a screen. If the worship area has a traditional style, the architecture of the burial area is almost completely westernized from decorative motifs, architectural lines to materials.

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The stele pavilion is a variation of Romanesque architecture mixed with oriental architecture. The tall and thin mandarin statues are made of cement and bricks instead of bluestone statues, etc.

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Dong Khanh mausoleum- an option for those who are passionate about culture and history. Who wants to enjoy the green space in the middle of summer in the ancient capital.

The mausoleum is quite empty of tourists to visit, so it is an ideal place for those who really like the rustic scene, fresh and cool air.

Travel Tips

Dong Khanh Tomb Entrance fee

The Dong Khanh tomb Hue is open to tourists on all days of the week from Monday to Sunday with the time frame from 7:00 to 17:30 daily. And currently, the latest updated ticket prices to visit Dong Khanh mausoleum are as follows:

Adults: 50,000 VND/ ticket
Children 7 – 12 years old: FREE of charge.

The best time to visit

According to the local experience, the most suitable time to travel to Hue is around the beginning of the year, from January to April. At this time, Hue’s weather is quite pleasant, neither too hot nor too rainy. Therefore, it is very suitable for tourists to visit Dong Khanh Tomb as well as many other famous attractions in Hue.

In addition, visitors can also come to Hue at any time other than the above period because each season has its own character. And surely Hue will bring you interesting and memorable experiences.

In addition to Dong Khanh mausoleum, when traveling to Hue, you should visit other famous places such as Hue Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue Craft villages and enjoy Hue food tour with all kinds of specialties such as mussel rice, Hue beef noodle soup, Hue pancakes, etc.

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