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The Mausoleum ( Tomb ) of King Minh Mang


Mausoleum (tomb) of Emperor Minh Mang


  • The Mausoleum (tomb) of Emperor Minh Mang is part of the Hue historical complex designated a World Heritage Site.
  • The Hue historical complex of the Nguyen Emperors is an important location in Vietnam. The complex includes the Citadel ( by citadel we mean a fortress protecting a town ), a walled city within which is the Royal Court and its administration buildings, the Imperial City within it and within it the Forbidden City, the various royal burial complexes situated in the surrounding foothills. The complex is regarded as an outstanding architectural example of east Asia feudal power and capital. More importantly it is an important monument in Vietnamese history and culture. Its location and setting on a narrow strip of land hemmed in by the Trurong Son mountain range to the south and west. There are two groups of historical sites, those including the walled citadel and the buildings within it and the burial complexes of the Nguyen Kings and others concerning the spiritual life of the times. The burial sites are west of Hue because the sun rises in the east symbolizing life and the setting sun in the west symbolizes the passing of life. The same beliefs existed in Cambodia and the Hindu Khmer monuments such as Angkor Wat.
  • The Mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mang was constructed between 1841 and 1843. It is located on the bank of the Perfume River and is a complex of some forty buildings. In addition to the Tomb itself were constructed buildings for the Emperor's clothes and pavilions for mourners. These are surrounded by gardens and water ways. Following the war and the Tet Offensive only 20 of the 40 buildings remained.
  • Minh Mang was the second of the Nguyen Dynasty rulers and is famous for his stance against the French and Roman Catholicism expansion into Vietnam. His battle with this followed a pattern in Japan, China and Thailand as discussed on these links.