Photo: Approaching Tu Duc’s resting place.

Tombs around Hue

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Tombs and pagodas dot the landscape surrounding around Hue, and those with an endless appetite for culture could busy themselves every day for a solid week, with still more left on the table, but the majority of travellers are satisfied with just a taster–and the tour menus on offer reflect this.

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The tombs were built within little more than the past 200 years, which makes it surprising that most of them are already falling to pieces. This is partly due to poor upkeep over the years, and partly due the original construction techniques, which weren't all that exceptional. Often built by puppet emperors who had little real power, much time was allowed for sitting around contemplating ones own death and building monuments in anticipation of the occasion.

Thropugh a screen at the tomb of Thieu Tri. Photo taken in or around Tombs around Hue, Hue, Vietnam by Stuart McDonald.

Thropugh a screen at the tomb of Thieu Tri. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Like Graceland and Neverland, they are monuments to ego, but in this case, the egos involved are much more obscure and probably less interesting to many contemporary visitors. That said, some of the tombs are located on large, beautiful grounds, and the crumbling edifices exude a certain air of aesthetically-pleasing decrepitude.

How to visit the tombs around Hue Some of the tombs are close enough to town that you could reach them by bicycle. Tu Duc and Dong Khanh for example are fairly close together and both around 4km (one way, depending on route) from downtown Hue. Thieu Tri and Khai Dinh are around 5km and 7km away respectively (again one way and depending on route) from downtown Hue. So, if you like to pedal, these would be doable over a couple of days, though we would recommend a decent mountain bike for the run. Bear in mind there are some hills! All tombs are well signposted.

Through thew woods on the way to the tomb of Kien Thai Vuong. Photo taken in or around Tombs around Hue, Hue, Vietnam by Stuart McDonald.

Through thew woods on the way to the tomb of Kien Thai Vuong. Photo: Stuart McDonald

We visited all the tours by motorbike (with a driver), which was preferable because (a) we didn't need to pedal and (b) it gave us more time at each site. You could just as easily do the exploring on your own hired motorbike without a driver.

Minh Mang and Gia Long are a bit further south and we’d say not a comfortable bicycling distance, though both are certainly approachable by scooter. A popular alternative route is to visit these two by boat on an organised ... Travelfish members only (Around 2,300 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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