Minh Mang's Tomb in Hue


  • Location: 49 Huong Thọ tx. Huong Tra Thua Thien Hue

  • Recommend time to visit: 1-2 hours

  • Opening hours: 8:00 - 11:30 and 13:30 - 17:30

  • Ticket: 100,000 VND


 Minh Mang Tomb


Situated in An Bang Village of Cam Khe Mountain, close to Bang Lang Junction, Minh Mang Tomb is 12 km from Hue City. Minh Mang Tomb is also called Lăng Minh Mạng or Hiếu lăng, which is the tomb of the second emperor of the Nguyen dynasty in Vietnam. It is the most complete and spectacular tomb of the Nguyen Emperors. Minh Mang's tomb is one of the must-see attractions in Hue Imperial City for its special construction harmony with nature.


Who is Minh Mang?

Minh Mang emperor (Vietnamese: Minh Mạng Đế, May 25, 1791 - January 20, 1841), namely Nguyễn Thánh Tổ or Nguyễn Phúc Kiểu, is the second emperor of the Nguyen dynasty in Vietnam. He inherited his father Emperor Gia Long's ruling route and wanted to build Vietnam into a powerful empire. Under his rule, Nguyen dynasty reached its peak. Minh Mang was known for his opposition to the involvements of the United States and Europe in the Vietnam war. After his death, he was buried in Hieu Lang.


History of Minh Mang Tomb

 Minh Mang Tomb

The Minh Mang tombs are specially constructed with exquisite design, and its buildings were cleverly blend in with the surrounding environment. Minh Mang Lang began construction in 1840, located 15 kilometers south of Hue City, on the edge of the Perfume River. In January 1841, the Minh Mang emperor died and the tomb was not completed. The successor Emperor Thieu Tri ordered the construction of Minh Mang tombs in accordance with the paintings of the former emperor.


On August 20, 1841, the body of the Minh Mang Emperor was transported into underground palace for burial, but the construction work was not completed until early 1843. Minh Mang tomb is surrounded by mountains and rivers. The majesty and quietness of the building are diminished by the beautiful scenery created by flowers and trees, so the entire mausoleum does not feel gloomy at all.


Layout of Minh Mang Tomb

The architectures of Minh Mang Tomb are solemn and majestic, with a quite and wide lake. Rather than saying that this is a tomb, it is better to say that it is a large park. The mausoleum is a complex of ancient buildings arranged on a 700-meter long avenue, including palaces, pavilions, temples, etc. Minh Mang Tomb.


Minh Mang Tomb is symmetrically designed and is the most magnificent royal tomb. Minh Mang Tomb began at Dai Hong gate and ended at the foot of La Thanh behind the mausoleum. Minh Mang Tomb has three gates, which are Dai Hong Mon(main gate), Ta Hong Mon (Left Gate) and Huu Hong Mon (Right Gate). Dai Hong Mon only opened once when the body of Minh Mang Emperor was transferred to the grave. All the tourists are using the other two gates.


 Minh Mang Tomb


After the Dai Hong Mon is a large yard called the Honor Courtyard, the both sides have two statue lines of martial art officers and literature officers, horses, elephants. At the end of the yard is Bi Dinh, which has a stone stele of King Thieu Tri with biographies and achievements about his father. Sung An Temple is located in the center where is dedicated to the stone monuments of King Minh Mang and Queen Ta Thien Nhan.


On the other side of the temple, there are three stone bridges leading to the Minh Lau Pavilion on Tam Tai Mount, that is Ta Phu (left), Trung Dao (middle) and Huu Bat (right). Minh Lau was designed for the emperor to consider human, life and country, and it is also considered to be the place where the emperor's soul returned.


Minh Mang Tomb backs the mountain and faces the water and runs roughly northwest-southeast direction. Although Chinese culture has been involved in terms of overall configuration and naming, the Sung An Temple in Minh Mang Tomb still retains the characteristics of traditional Vietnamese wooden architecture. Minh Mang Tomb reflects that Minh Mang emperor still has the affirmation of self-cultural value and the confidence to attempt to transcend when he actively pursues the orthodoxy of Chinese culture. His mausoleum reflects his thoughts and culture during his lifetime.


How to get to Minh Mang Tomb

Minh Mang Tomb is not far from Hue City centre, on the west bank of Perfume river. You can easily get to there by taxi, car, motorbike or even bike. It takes only half hour by motorbike.


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