Royal Tombs of Hue

On our second day at Hye, Vietnam, we set off to the Royal Tombs. Entrance to these were included in the 2-day pass we got when we explored the Hue Imperial Citadel the day before. Initially we planned on just taking a cab, but fortunately we consulted our AirBnB landlady and she recommended a car hire for us. Turned out to be a good decision as the tombs were pretty far and more remote than the Citadel, and we would have waited hours to get a taxi from there to go back.

On the way, we made a quick stop to the beautiful 7-storey Buddhist pagoda called Thien Mu Pagoda which was atop a hill overlooking the Perfume River.

Afterwards, we headed to the 2 Imperial Tombs: Lang Vua Minh Mang and Royal Tomb of Khai Dinh King. These tombs were built on strategic locations based on feng shui.

At the Lang Vua Ming Mang I admired the serene lake filled with lilies, and the well kept gardens.

It was a bit of a climb at the Royal Tomb of Khai Dinh King, which was a bit of a struggle in the mid-afternoon. From a distance, it was quite striking. Unlike the Lang Vua Minh Mang this was mostly made of stone.

On our way back to the BnB I contemplated the effort put through in building these great structures. It’s quite fascinating that centuries ago, royals of different countries across different geographies, prepared for their afterlife in a similar fashion. This was a common belief, despite differences in culture, traditions and languages.

By MrsWayfarer

Living Free and Making a Difference

12 comments

  1. Wow. An interesting place. You’ve got some great pictures. Perhaps I can add this to my Vietnam bucket list. I do love Vietnam even though my previous stay there was just for two (rainy) days. Hoping to see more of the country in the future.

    Happy travels!

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    1. Thank you for dropping by. My first trip was in Saigon for also a couple of days so dedicated more time this trip. I was missing out! There’s much to see, eat, and experience in Vietnam. 😊

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      1. We can be inspired by travel blogs so love reading other views on places. We are so ready to travel again and make new stories. We can start to travel round England soon our first trip is on 16 April so keep an eye out for our new posts 😊

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