Monday, March 16, 2020

Hue Imperial Tombs: Minh Mang

Our Imperial Palace tickets were good for two of the several Imperial Tombs up the river, and another day we hired a car and driver to take us to see the tombs of the emperors Minh Mang and Khai Dinh. The former dates from the first half of the 19th century; the latter was completed just a decade before I was born. Not exactly ancient, but interesting. Two were plenty for us.
In a Zen trance, still back at the Imperial Palace, I am seeking inspiration about
which two of the several imperial tombs to visit; turns out they were printed on
the tickets

Independence--Freedom--Happiness...Socialism


Excellent signage all over, befitting a World Heritage site; and in English too

Moat

Guards

Many buildings, courtyards, stages of the visit/pilgrimage; not going to show
them all here

Stele celebrating the accomplishments of Minh Mang



One of two flanking buildings for housing Minh Mang's surviving concubines
and eunuchs; he is reputed to have had some 500 concubines...it would be
interesting to know how many eunuchs were required...

Lots of bonsai and other ornamental plants






One of two large obelisks at the final pavilion
























Bridge to tomb

And across the bridge, the tomb itself

A huge stone tumulus, 285m in circumference, 3m high; the tomb is opened once
a year on Minh Mang's death anniversary

Tree vs. stone episode #28,956

Our set is complete

Spring arriving