Dong Khanh Imperial Tomb in Hue. Imperial Tomb in honor of Emperor Dong Khanh Nguyen Dynasty of Hue in Vietnam. The imperial tomb is the smallest of the 7 imperial tombs of Hue

Dong Khanh Imperial Tomb in Hue

Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh


The imperial tomb of Dong Khanh is smallest Imperial tomb of Hue, with French influences and terracotta sculptures. This place was actually was a temple in memory of the Emperor's father, but was reused as a grave due to the sudden death of the Emperor in the year 1889.

Imperial Tomb of Emperor Dong Khanh in Hue - Vietnam
Imperial Tomb of Emperor Dong Khanh

Information about the Imperial Tomb Dong Khanh


Emperor Dong Khanh (Khanh Đồng) he died suddenly at the age of 25 years, after 3 years of reign. Due to his young age, he had no time to plan and build your imperial tomb.

In the same period of time, in the year 1888, Emperor Dong Khanh had ordered to build the Temple Tu Truy in honor and memory of his father, Nguyen Phuc Hong. Due to the difficult situation in which the region of Hue found in particular and Vietnam in general, coupled with the suddenness of the death of Dong Khanh, it was decided to rename the temple Tu Truy and use it as a place of eternal rest and Imperial Tomb of the Emperor Dong Khanh in Hue. Hence the fact that the tomb was built in 1888, before the death of the Emperor in the year 1889.


Grounds of the Tomb of Emperor Dong Khanh
Grounds of the Tomb of Emperor Dong Khanh

Structure and composition of the Imperial Tomb Dong Khanh


The tomb of Dong Khanh, since the project was initially a temple and coupled with the fact that they took only 8 months to build it, makes this monument in the smallest of the Nguyen dynasty Imperial tomb.

The grounds of the Imperial Dong Khanh tomb is composed of 20 buildings, oriented towards the Southeast and very near each other. The courtyard of ceremonies is decorated by terracotta statues covered by cement, unlike in the rest of imperial tombs, which are made of stone.

Patio of ceremonies Imperial Tomb in Hue Dong Khang
Patio of ceremonies Imperial Tomb in Hue Dong Khang

What more detacable Imperial Dong Khanh tomb is the Temple Ngung Hy, traditional temple decorated in shades of gold and red, where we can appreciate the mixture of cultures and French influences on a more traditional Vietnam.

These influences are patent primarily on the rooftops. The roofs are decorated with terracotta statues representing fishermen, floral motifs, etc. This is the only imperial Tomb that has this kind of decoration.

In the interior of the temple Ngung Hy, can contemplate during our sightseeing 24 illustrations of the time that reflect different historical moments.

The sarcophagus of Emperor Dong Khang is located next to the temple Ngung Hy, 30 metres. This tomb is peculiar because instead of following the Chinese architectural style, the Tomb remains Roman cannons.

Sarcophagus of Emperor - Imperial Tomb Dong Khanh - Hue - Vietnam
Sarcophagus of Emperor - Imperial Tomb Dong Khanh - Hue - Vietnam

Location of the Imperial Tomb Dong Khanh


The tomb of Dong Khanh is 6 kilometres southwest of the city of Hue, right beside the Imperial Tomb of Tu Duc.


Getting to the Imperial Tomb Dong Khanh

We arrive at the grave Dong Khanh using the same means of transport to go to the grave Tu Duc tombSince they are very close to each other. The most recommended is to drive, but you can also go to the imperial tomb Dong Khang browsing the Perfume River by boat, moor at the pier where Ben Than to arrive walking to the Imperial Tomb.

Opening Hours of Dong Khanh Imperial Tomb


The tomb of Dong Khanh is open daily from 7: 00 to 11: 30 and 13: 30 to 17: 30 hours. Due to the poor state of conservation and restoration work, many parts of the imperial tomb are closed to the public.

Entrance fee and ticket pricing


Entrance to the Imperial Tomb Dong Khanh has a symbolic price of 22,000 VND (less than 1€ , see Vietnam currency).

Contact the Imperial Tomb Dong Khanh

  • phone: 84 (0) 54 523237
  • email: huemonuments@dng.vnn.vn
  • : http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/678/
  • address: Xa Thêu Xuan, Jack Huong Thêu ( Hue, Vietnam)

Important data on the Imperial Tomb Dong Khanh

  • Year built: 1888
  • Hue distance: 6 km
  • Price of admission: 22.000VND (1€)

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