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Imperial Tomb of Tu Duc Hue

Imperial Tomb of Tu Duc


The imperial tomb of Tu Duc is considered to be the most beautiful Imperial tomb of every Hue. This tomb set in a beautiful natural and bathed by a Lake, 6 km outside of Hue, was used by the Emperor Tu Duc in life as Summer Palace and spiritual retreat.

Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc in Hue
Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc

Information about the Imperial Tu Duc tomb


the Imperial of the Emperor Tu Duc Tomb (Tự Đức) is an architectural complex which covers 12 hectares of surface and in its interior we can find 50 buildings between palaces and pavilions. The Tomb Imperial it took to build 3 years (since the year 1864 to 1867) and the imperial tomb of Hue that best fuses with the nature that surrounds it is.

Imperial Tomb Tu Duc
Imperial Tomb Tu Duc
Imperial Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc in Hue - Vietnam
Imperial Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc


The footballer Emperor Tu Duc design the Imperial tomb, once finished, used in life for years as a Summer Palace and retreat. They were frequent walks through the pine forest, see him navigate the river or practice any kind of games on the small island of the Lake.

Structure and composition of the Imperial Tomb Tu Duc

Schematic drawing of the Imperial Tomb of Tu Duc Hue
Schematic drawing of the Imperial Tomb of Tu Duc Hue

The entire complex of the Imperial Tomb Tu Duc is surrounded by a stone wall. Access is to the southeast, through the door Vu Khiem.

Once inside the imperial tomb, we divir the monument in two major areas:
  • The area of the temples
  • The area of the graves

Area temples Tu Duc 's tomb

This is the most beautiful part of the Imperial Tu Duc Tomb, we right the Khiem Luu Lake, beautiful Lake covered with Lotus flowers with a small island in the Center.
On the left we have different constructions ranging from palaces to mansions, a harem. In the mansion On Khiem we see Imperial utensils of the period. All palaces most outstanding Palace is Luong Khiem Palace, where the Emperor spent much of his time, writing poetry and meditating.

Map of the Imperial Tomb Tu Duc (Hue, Vietnam)
Map of the Imperial Tomb Tu Duc
Lake near the tomb of Emperor Tu Duc in Hue
Lake near the tomb of Emperor Tu Duc


After these palaces and pavilions, we have the stele Pavilion, written by the Emperor Tu Duc, who discusses his reign and his frustration of not having offspring.

Hoa Khiem Temple (Hue, Vietnam)
Hoa Khiem Temple (Hue, Vietnam)

Next to the stele Pavilion, we have the tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, however the body of Emperor Tu Duc is not there. To prevent looting, Emperor Tu Ducfue buried in a secret location by 200 workers. These people were decapitated after completing the task so that they would not reveal the secret. As a curiosity we will say that today still remains of Tu Duc not found, who believe are buried in the small island on the Lake.

Temples of Tu Duc tomb in Hue Imperial
Temples of Tu Duc tomb in Hue Imperial

Area Imperial Tombs of Tu Duc tomb

The part aimed at the necropolis within the Imperial Tu Duc tomb is behind the Lake, it can see the tomb of Empress Le Thien Anh and the tomb of the nephew and adopted son of Tu Duc, Emperor Kien Phuc (Kien Phuc does not have its own imperial tomb since he was murdered after 8 months of reign).

Obelisk in Imperial Tomb Tu Duc
Obelisk in Imperial Tomb Tu Duc
Gateway to the temple - Imperial Tomb Tu Duc - Hue
Gateway to the temple


Facts about the Emperor Tu Duc


The Emperor Tu Duc was the Emperor of the Nguyen dynasty who reigned longer in Vietnam, since the year 1848 up to the year 1883.

While he enjoyed the company of more than 100 women among women and concubines, he had no offspring (thought it was sterile after contracting smallpox). Tu Duc decided to adopt as a son to his nephew Kien Phuc.

Facts about Imperial Tu Duc Tomb


The wake that can be seen in the Pavilion in the wake of the Imperial Tu Duc Tomb, is the largest of all Vietnam wake, with 20 tons of weight. To transport it to the imperial tomb they took 4 years.

Stele pavilion Imperial Tu Duc 's tomb
Pavilion of the wake of Imperial Tu Duc tomb

To build the Tomb Imperial was needed so much work and boarded both taxes, that Hue was a popular revolt against the Emperor Tu Duc.

Location Imperial Tu Duc Tomb


Imperial Tuc Duc Tomb is located 6 kilometers southeast of the city of Hue, along the Perfume River.


Getting to the Imperial Tomb Tu Duc


We can reach the Tu Duc tomb using the same means of transport to go to the Dong Khanh TombSince they are very close to each other. Recommended with a car, but you can also go to the imperial Tu Duc tomb boat on the Perfume River (stopped at the Ben Than pier).

Imperial Lake campus of Emperor Tu Duc - Hue - Vietnam
Imperial Lake campus of Emperor Tu Duc

Hours Imperial Tomb of Tu Duc


The Tuc Duc tomb is open daily at 7:00 to 11:30 and 13:30 to 17:30 schedule.

Entry fee


Access to the Imperial Tu Duc tomb is free but not free. The price of the ticket are 80,000 VND ( 3€, see Vietnam currency).

Contact the Imperial Tomb Tu Duc

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

Video of Tu Duc tomb Imperial


A video where you can see the gardens and the lake of Tu Duc tomb in Hue Imperial.



Important data on the Imperial Tomb Tu Duc


  • Year of construction: 1864-1867
  • Hue distance: 6 km
  • Entrance fee: 80. 000VND (about 3€)

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