A fantastic collection of royal tombs sits solemnly along the banks of the Perfume river, upstream of Hue to the southwest. They were built by the Nguyen dynasty — which ruled over a unified Vietnam from 1802-1945 — to maintain their legacy for ages to come. The tombs inspire with their perfectly-integrated natural surroundings, captivating dragons in pursuit of pearls and ubiquitous ceramic tiles suggesting good luck and longevity. They are yours to discover.
What’s in this guidebook
- Context. This guidebook begins by offering an introduction to the Nguyen dynasty and continues with a thorough review of what you are going to see on location, focusing on the three functional units that comprise every Nguyen tomb: temple, tomb and stela pavilion.
- A tour that goes deeper. Following our tradition of being the most valuable resource for culture-focused travelers, we provide a detailed tour of six tombs (in chronological order): Gia Long, Minh Mang, Thieu Tri, Tu Duc, Dong Khanh and Khai Dinh. For each, we provide information on its history, a detailed plan that highlights its most important architectural and artistic features and a discussion that ties it all together.
- Advice for getting the best cultural experience. This guidebook supplies logistical advice, maps and links to online resources. Further, to help plan and prioritize your touring itinerary, we rank sites based on the quality of their art and architecture and offer brief summaries of each tomb’s highlights, so you can focus in on what most interests you. Finally, we give our personal tips for getting the most from your experience while on location.
- Information the way you like it. As with all of our guides, this book is optimized for intuitive, quick navigation; information is organized into bullet points to make absorption easy; and images are marked up with text that explains important features.