A celebration of Vietnamese grandeur and French-opulence, this elevated tomb site is simply spectacular. The stone steles, bodyguard statues and stairs leading up to the altar create an ethereal ambiance when combined with the mountainous view. Inside the main chamber, mosaic tiles and gold decor produce a breathtaking effect.
Built into the natural slope of Chau Chau Mountain, this tomb is not the biggest of the Emperors’ tombs but it is arguably one of the most elaborately constructed and decorated.
The tomb is also noted for the use of ‘modern’ materials such as concrete, slates and wrought iron, which give the structure a grey, brooding appearance.
Because of the complexity and cost of construction of the tomb, Khai Dinh’s remains were not interred there until 1931, 6 years after his death.