Imperial Tomb of Khai Dinh Hue. Imperial Tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh Hue (Vietnam). Last great Hue imperial tomb built as a memorial of Emperor Khai Dinh

Imperial Tomb of Khai Dinh Hue

Imperial Tomb of Khai Dinh


The Imperial tomb of Khai Dinh Hue has been declared the most majestic imperial tomb of throughout Vietnam. Built as a monument and mausoleum, this impressive funeral tourist spot it took to build 11 years, from 1920 year to year 1931, and is the last Hue Imperial tomb.

Imperial Tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh in Hue - Vietnam
Imperial Tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh

Information about the Imperial Khai Dinh tomb


Emperor Khai Dinh (Khai Định) decided to locate his tomb imperial at the foot of the mountain Chau Chu, 9 kilometres south of the city of Hue. In comparison with the rest of imperial tombs, this imperial tomb is small in extent, little more than 5600 square meters, however its construction, decoration and details are very elaborate.

Chau Chu mountain view from Imperial Tomb of Khai Dinh Hue
Mountain View from Chau Chu Tomb of Khai Dinh Hue Imperial

Structure and composition of the Imperial Tomb Khai Dinh

Map of the Tomb of Khai Dinh Hue Imperial
Map of the Tomb of Khai Dinh Hue Imperial

The structure of the Imperial Khai Dinh tomb is a rectangle of 117 meters long by 48.5 meters wide, resting on the mountain Chau Chu. Khai Dinh tomb is constructed largely of reinforced concrete and the imperial tomb of Hue has more Western influences.

The imperial tomb has 2 very different parts: the Palace Thien Dinh, where we can see the sarcophagus of Emperor Khai Dinh, and the outside of the Tomb Imperial, where statues of the courtyard of ceremonies, the House of mandarins and Pavilion of steles, hexagonal-shaped, is most remarkable.

Outside of Khai Dinh Hue Imperial Tomb

Upon crossing the gateway to the imperial Tomb, we find 37 steps whose railings have been carved in the shape of dragons, these dragons are the largest of all Vietnam.

Staircase with dragon -shaped handrail - Imperial Tomb Khai Dinh
Ladder and dragon-shaped handrail - Imperial Tomb Khai Dinh

Once you have uploaded the steps, we will find ourselves with a small courtyard with houses of the mandarins on both sides. To access the next part of the Hue Imperial Khai Dinh Tomb, we will have to climb other 29 steps, this is one of the most beautiful points of the visit, the courtyard of ceremonies, with stone statues (rare material in this imperial tomb), which unlike the rest of Hue imperial tombs, has 2 rows of statueswhere the second row are the bodyguards of the emperor.

Statues in the courtyard of the tomb ceremonies Khai Dinh Hue Imperial
Stone statues in the courtyard of the tomb ceremonies

In that same place of the Tomb in the courtyard of ceremonies, we have the stele Pavilion, with a Stela engraved in stone on the life and reign of the emperor. This monument is unique, as is the single flag of the stelae of all Hue imperial tombs whose shape is hexagonal.

Pavilion in the grave stelae Khai Dinh Hue Imperial
Pavilion in the grave stelae Khai Dinh Hue Imperial

Dinh Thien Palace

The last part of the complex Khai Dinh, to the top of the Imperial Tomb, is the Thien Dinh Palace, where we can see the sarcophagus of Emperor. This Palace of the imperial tomb is formed by several ranches communicated among themselves, where the main hall contains a statue of the seated Emperor Khai Dinh upon his throne and at his feet, his sarcophagus. The decoration is made with stained glass and mosaics built ceramic based broken into pieces.
As a curiosity, we know that the sun is directly behind the statue of the emperor, the emperor's death represents.

Sarcophagus of Emperor Khai Dinh Hue (Vietnam)
Sarcophagus of Emperor Khai Dinh Hue (Vietnam)

In the room next to the sarcophagus room, we have a statue of Emperor Khai Dinh, scale, made ​​of bronze.

Statue of Emperor Khai Dinh Hue
Statue of Emperor Khai Dinh Hue

Architectural influences of the Imperial Tomb Khai Dinh Hue
Imperial Khai Dinh 's tomb is unique with respect to other imperial tombs in Hue by their influences and mix of architectural styles, for example:
  • Influence India: in the top finishes of gates, towers and obelisks
  • Romanesque influence: the Pavilion of steles in hexagonal shape

Facts about the Emperor Khai Dinh


Emperor Khai Dinh had a close relationship with the French occupiers, who did not like nothing to the Vietnamese people and behavior which earned the Emperor Khai Dinh the nickname of French employee.

Khai Dinh died at age 40 of tuberculosis, which his son had to finish the construction of the Imperial Tomb Khai Dinh.

Facts about Imperial Khai Dinh 's tomb


The cost of construction of the Imperial Khai Dinh tomb was such, that the Emperor raised taxes to the Vietnamese village by 30%.

Ceramics in the Imperial Tomb of Khai Dinh Hue
Ceramics in the Imperial Tomb of Khai Dinh Hue

The imperial tomb of Khai Dinh is so elaborate and with so many details, Khai Dinh , he had to go to the French to buy steel, iron, cement and tiles. The emperor also sent ships to China and Japan to achieve ceramics and stained glass needed for the Tomb.

Location Khai Dinh Tomb Imperial


The imperial tomb or monument, as we see it, the Emperor Khai Dinh is located 9 miles south of the city of Hue.


Getting to the Imperial Tomb Khai Dinh

We can only get there by land to the Imperial Tomb of Khai Dinh, recommended with a car, following Highway 49 for 9 miles.
Tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh Hue
Tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh Hue

Hours Imperial Tomb of Khai Dinh


Khai Dinh tomb is open daily from 7: 00 to 11: 30 and 13: 30 to 17: 30 hours.

Entry fee


Entrance to the Imperial Tomb Khai Dinh, like the rest of most tourist imperial tombs of Hue, has a price of 80,000 VND (about 3€ , see Vietnam currency).

Contact the tomb of Khai Dinh Imperial

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

Important data on the Imperial Tomb Khai Dinh


  • Year of construction: 1920-1931
  • Hue distance: 9 km
  • Ticket price: 80. 000VND (about 3€)

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