June 18, 2015

Imperial Tombs, Hue, Vietnam

What Lonely Planet said: Palaces and pagodas, tombs and temples, culture and cuisine, history and heartbreak – there’s no shortage of poetic pairings to describe Hue (pronounced ‘hway’). A Unesco World Heritage site, this deeply evocative capital of the Nguyen emperors still resonates with the glories of imperial Vietnam, even though many of its finest buildings were destroyed during the American War.

I was there: June 8, 2012 - June 9, 2012

Camera used: Canon EOS 40D

Gate leading to the tomb of one of the Nguyen emperors

A pavilion housing a stele

Doorway leading to the inner part of the tomb

Pond inside the tomb complex

Statues of officials, horse and elephant

The door in the centre was opened only once to allow the corpse of the emperor through and then sealed

Steele chronicling the achievements of the emperor

A stone line guarding the steps leading to a tomb

Lotus pond at on of the imperial tombs

Tomb of one of the princesses or concubines

A pavilion at the lotus pond

Gate of one of the tombs

One of the buildings in the tomb complex

Roof decor

Ruins of one of the smaller tombs in the mausoleum

Lotus pond

Another pavilion with a steele

A gate to the inner area of the tomb