the tomb of emperor Minh Mang
"Came here as part of a tour and our guide explained that it that this emperor 14 years to find this spot where he wanted his tomb to be build. It's said that all original buildings were distroyed in the war and had to be rebuilt. Also no one exactly knows the exact location where the emperor is buried as the men who took him there then went home and killed themselves in his honor. This is a very beautiful spot."
To the tomb....
Emperor Minh Mang - was buried in Buu Thanh on August 20 1841 by his successor and son Emperor Thieu Tri. This is approximately 12 kilometers from Hué, on the west bank of the Perfume River. The construction was begun while he was sick and still unfinished when he died in 1841. Emperor Thieu Tri completed the work in 1843.
Although Minh Mang found that Vietnam as a country had to be isolated, he was sensitive to the situation of the farmers in his kingdom. The plans for his tomb were already established during his reign. There are beautiful bridges over the calm water features in enchanting gardens and ornate buildings.
There are seven Royal tombs near Hue:
- Royal Tomb of Gia Long
- Royal Tomb of Minh Mang
- Royal Tomb of Thieu Tri
- Royal Tomb of Tu Duc
- Royal Tomb of Duc Duc
- Royal Tomb of Dong Khanh
- Royal Tomb of Khai Dinh
Without doubt the King Minh Mang Tomb is the most famous and is one of the most beautiful and impressive. It is often visited in conjunction with a visit to the
Thien Mu Pagoda.
From the city you can get there the easiest way by taxi (20 minutes).
Come in .......
From the bank of the river leads a short walk to the entrance of the walled complex. The ports on the left side and in the middle are closed. The right one gives you access to the monument. All buildings are in line. After the entrance you come to the Honour Courtyard with on on both sides stone statues of elephants, horses, griffins and tangerines.
At the other side of the 3 gates, on Mount Phung Than is the square Stele Pavilion, where the stele “Thanh Duc Than Cong” inscribed with the King’s biography and merits written by his son, is placed. Sung An Temple, where King Minh Mang and his wife are worshipped, can be accessed through Hien Duc Gate. There are 3 stones bridges on the other side of this temple, with the marble one reserved only for the king. Finally, the Hoang Trach Gate heads to the Minh Lau Pavilion. It is placed on top of three terraces representing heaven, earth and water. Closer to the tomb area, the New Moon Lake (Ho Tan Nguyet) is crescent-shaped and embraces the circular wall surrounding the grave (Buu Thanh).
Looking from afar, the complex looks like a human being with the hill as his pillow and his hands and feet reaching to the river. From the front gate to the back door is almost 700m. The fence is high but does not block the view to mountains and Cam Ke Hill nearby.
Minh Mang (1791 - 1841) was emperor of Vietnam from 1820 to 1841. He was the successor of Emperor Gia Long and the 2nd emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty. In his reign he brought laws from which the Catholic missionaries did in the spell. He did this for the same reason that he Buddhists and Taoists punished, they undermined the divinity of the emperor.
At the time of Emperor Minh Mang was the administration subdivided into six ministries: Interior, Finance, Religion, Justice, War and Public Works. He was once asked why there was no Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He replied that "the Western barbarians are unworthy of so much
From a travel blog:
"This tomb of Minh Mang is that of the 2nd Emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty, it's about 12 kilometres from Hue. We had a guide and private transport that took us from the Pagoda to 3 of the Imperial tombs.
The tomb is in 18 hectares and is beautifully laid out with lakes and walkways...a central courtyard, Pavilion of steles, the New Moon Lake and the Sarcophagus.... there is a bit of walking involved and quite a few stairs. .... "
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