Maintaining its very traditional beauty, very ancient and imbued with the colors of Confucianism, Minh Mang Tomb Hue is a moon of mausoleums that attract a large number of tourists.
The following article provides some information about Minh Mang Tomb in Hue , hopefully will be useful for you in your exploration of this dreamy city.
Where is Minh Mang Tomb?
About 14km from Hue city center on Highway 49, Huong Tho, City. In Hue, Minh Mang Tomb, also known as Hieu Lang, is located on Cam Khe mountain, where the two streams Huu Trach and Ta Trach intersect to form the Perfume River.
Location: Huong Tho Commune, Huong Tra District, Thua Thien Hue Province. Google Maps
How to get to King Minh Mang’s mausoleum?
From the center of Hue, you move along Highway 49, go along the Perfume River to Tuan Bridge, you have arrived at Minh Mang Tomb.
If you want to experience in a new way, from the Perfume River you can go in the direction of the two streams Ta Trach and Huu Trach.
Hue tourist map – mausoleums
Explanation of Minh Mang Tomb in Hue
The mausoleum of King Minh Mang is a relic in the complex of Hue monuments recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage on December 11, 1993.
Minh Mang Tomb is the resting place of the second king under the Nguyen Dynasty – King Minh Mang. The work was built by King Thieu Tri – the son of King Minh Mang.
In 1826, King Minh Mang ordered to find land to build a mausoleum, but it was not until 14 years later that the location and architectural design project were found by Geographer Le Van Duc.
In April 1840, the King changed the name of Cam Khe mountain area to Hieu Son and sent soldiers to survey the terrain, measure the land there and draw a map of the Mausoleum.
September 1840: Adjusting the ground and building the La citadel around the architectural area.
February 1841: After the death of King Minh Mang, King Thieu Tri succeeded to the throne and continued to build the mausoleum.
August 1841: Bringing King Minh Mang’s coffin to be buried in Buu Thanh.
1843: The mausoleum was built and completed according to the plan left by King Minh Mang.
Architecture of Minh Mang Tomb
Minh Mang Tomb is an architectural complex of 40 large and small works, located on a cool hilly area, rivers and lakes.
His entire architectural work is also built on the main Confucian ideas. La Thanh campus has an area of up to 1,750m2 arranged to create a beautiful architectural complex.
The mausoleum is like a human body lying with its head on Kim Phung mountain, legs stretched out at the confluence of rivers in front of them, the two halves of Trung Minh lake like naturally surrendered arms.
The mausoleum has a depth, from Dai Hong Mon to the end of La Thanh, 700 meters apart. Although Vong La Thanh is high, it does not limit the view from the inside of the mausoleum to the beautiful mountains outside, the landscape silhouetted against Trung Minh Lake looks like a watercolor painting.
Inside La Thanh, architectural works are arranged symmetrically, symmetrically in pairs through the main axis radiating the mausoleum. All are arranged in a strict, systematic order, expressing the personality and style of King Minh Mang himself.
The special thing is that in the middle of the campus, there is a lotus pond that always gives off a fragrant aroma.
Ticket price to visit Minh Mang Tomb
Ticket price to visit Minh Mang Tomb is 150,000 VND/adult.
Children and the elderly will receive a 50% discount.
To buy tickets, you just need to go to the gate to buy tickets.
Opening time of Minh Mang Tomb area
The mausoleum is open to visitors on all days of the week, including Sundays from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
What places to visit Minh Mang Tomb?
Because Minh Mang Tomb is quite large, coming here, you can explore the following places:
Dai Hong Mon
Considered the main gate of the mausoleum, Dai Hong Mon with a height of 9m, a width of 12m, bears the characteristics of Nguyen Dynasty architecture. The area includes 3 aisles and is decorated quite beautifully. In the past, the gate was only opened once to bring in the king’s coffin.
Two small gates on either side called Ta Hong Mon and Huu Hong Mon are also common passageways. To enter the mausoleum, visitors go through this gate.
From the main gate through Bai Duong where there is a symmetrical statue of martial arts officials, you will see Bi Dinh with a stone stele recording the exploits of King Minh Mang.
Bi Dinh is a large courtyard located right behind Dai Hong Mon. On both sides of Bi Dinh, there are two rows of mandarins standing on both sides very dignified.
Electric impregnated area
Stepping inside the mausoleum, you will see a majestic and luxurious palace with the Hien Duc Mon project. The work was built on a square piece of land that symbolizes the god of the earth.
This is where the Sung An Palace is located, with the tablet of King Minh Mang and the queen placed.
As a square-shaped building located on Tam Dai Son hill, Minh Lau is the resting place of the king after the tidal flat. Minh Lau’s design is a bit oriental, both ancient but equally bright and poetic.
Buu Thanh – The wall surrounding the king’s tomb
Located in the middle of Tan Nguyet Lake, Buu Thanh is a place not to be missed when coming to Minh Mang Tomb. Passing through Thong Minh Truc bridge, you will see the king’s resting place in the middle of the hill named Khai Trach Son.
Truc Smart Bridge
Thong Minh Truc Bridge is also a place that many visitors check-in when coming to Hieu Lang. The bridge is paved with stone, including 17 steps, on both sides of the bridge is a three-way gate carved with elaborate dragon and phoenix motifs, adding majesty to the king’s mausoleum.
Tourist places in Hue near Minh Mang Tomb
- Temple of the Standing Buddha
Address: Thuy Bang, Huong Thuy, Thua Thien Hue
- Tomb of Khai Dinh (Ung Tomb)
Address: Khai Dinh, Thuy Bang, Huong Thuy, Thua Thien Hue
- Gia Long Tomb
Address: Huong Tho, Huong Tra, Thua Thien Hue
- Thieu Tri Tomb
Address: Thuy Bang, Huong Thuy, Thua Thien Hue
Experience of traveling to Minh Mang Tomb of Hue
- Prepare yourself with comfortable clothes, easy walking shoes and drinking water
- Do not step on or touch objects around without permission.
- Walk softly, speak quietly and do not make noise in the mausoleum.
- Absolutely do not throw rubbish indiscriminately, affecting the landscape of the relic site