Dong Khanh, the smallest of the imperial tombs of Hué

The tomb of Dong Khanh, of the five imperial tombs we told you about earlier, is in the village of Cu Si, about 5 or 6 km from Hué.

This tomb was the beginning of the mixture of European and Asian styles, of old and new architectures. It is divided into two parts, the temple of worship and the tomb, and is the smallest of the Nguyen dynasty. The tomb enclosure consists of 20 buildings and the ceremonial courtyard is decorated with terracotta and cement statues.

Dong Khanh’s Tomb

A little bit of history

After barely three years of reigning, Dong Khanh died at the early age of 25 and without having had time to plan what his mausoleum would look like, as it used to do at the time. That is why the Truy Tu Temple (built in his father’s honour) was renamed and used as an imperial tomb.

Tumba Dong KhanhDong Khanh TombPaseando por el recintoWalking around the premisesTumba Dong KhanhDong Khanh Tomb

Structure of the Dong Khanh tomb

The complex of Dong Khanh’s tomb, so complicated to create and the long duration of its construction, are reflected in the structure of the tomb resulting in an architectural mixture that is at least curious, being the smallest of the royal tombs.

Detalles Details

One of the strengths of the complex is Ngung Hy Temple, a twin mansion typical of the city of Hue. The temple is equipped with typical royal furniture of the time and calligraphic elements.

Detalles Details

In addition to the traditional aspects, Ngung Hy also opened up a new era of the arts inspired by Western and Eastern features. He has 24 drawings illustrating Chinese history called “Nhi thap tu hieu”.

FigurasFiguresDetalle de una de las figurasDetail of one of the figures

On the contrary, the design of the tomb area oozes from the west, from its architectural peculiarities or decorative models to the building materials. The Pavilion of Stela was built with cement and bricks instead of stone.

Descubriendo la tumbaDiscovering the tomb

In the main temple and the auxiliary houses are the magnificent rows of gold lacquered columns, decorated with representations of the four sacred animals (dragon, lion, turtle, phoenix), as well as the four sacred plants (apricot, pine, chrysanthemum and bamboo).

Una de las construccionesOne of the buildingsAnother of the constructions

On the crest of the roofs we can see terracotta reliefs of very popular themes such as the “lucky sinner” or the “cock fight”. The appearance of the stained glass windows and other decorative elements reflects the influence of Western culture.

We have already said that it is the smallest tomb, but as you can see in the pictures, it is also a quiet place, so we recommend its visit anyway if you are doing a route to see the imperial tombs.

Practical information

Ticket price: 40,000 VND
Some areas are closed to the public due to conservation work
Tu Duc’s grave is very close so the means of transport are the same. The best thing is a motorcycle or a car, or the boat will drop us off at Ben Tahn’s pier.