Hue Snapshots

Empty Epitaph For An Emperor

By on October 18, 2016
Snapshot Logo Small
Tu Duc Tomb, Hue, Vietnam

The Tomb of Tự Đức in the Ancient city of Hue, Vietnam was planned and built by Emperor Tu Duc who enjoyed the longest reign during the Nguyen dynasty. Unable to father a son despite having hundreds of wives and concubines he felt the need to create his own epitaph.

Once construction finished in 1867 the tomb’s many buildings were used as a second imperial city where he took working holidays. In stark contrast to the rest of the buildings the tomb itself is just stone coffin in an almost empty final courtyard. Upon his death in 1883 and despite all his planning and efforts he was buried at an as yet undiscovered secret location nearby.

The site is currently undergoing extensive restoration work which will see the buildings returned to their former glory. Go early if possible to avoid the inevitable heat and tourist hordes. Allow 1-2 hours to see the site as it is quite large and I would recommend you hire a guide or join a small tour to help understand the sites rich history.



Steve & Sharon
Perth, Australia

We are an Aussie couple on a midlife walkabout, exploring the world at our own pace. Over the years we have become unashamed addicts, in search of that next travel fix. We invite you to share our adventures and look forward to hearing about yours.

Instagram has returned invalid data.

Follow Us!