Monday, March 16, 2020

Hue Imperial Tombs: Khai Dinh

Khai Dinh was not the last of the Nguyen dynasty, but very close. His reign, certainly a mere puppet of the French, lasted nine undistinguished years. He died in 1925, at the age of 40. His tomb is not nearly the size of Minh Mang's, but it employs European building materials and techniques along with its more traditional Vietnamese flourishes.
A hillside construction, three terraces, many steps


Guard statues

The usual stele

Main "palace"

Much intricate carving

Main altar

In the ante-hall

Khai Dinh's tomb

On a hill nearby, Our Lady of the...wait, no

Last look at the tomb of Khai Dinh

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