The Emperor’s Tombs Of Vietnam Part II-Tu Duc-Best Of “Live”

The tomb of Tu Duc, approximately 5 kilometers outside of Hue, the former Imperial Capital, is one of the grandest of all with construction that took place over 3 years requiring 10,000 laborers. 

Tu Duc was the longest reigning Emperor of the Nguyen dynasty, holding power for 36 years from 1848-83. His tomb served as palatial retreat for himself, his wives, concubines, and entourage after it’s completion in 1867. 

The tomb complex is filled with buildings, temples, a lake, a tiny island where he could hunt small game, pavilions for relaxing and writing poetry and expansive grounds.

Tu Duc’s remains were never actually buried at the site of the tomb where he had spent so much time. Instead they were placed in a mysterious location somewhere around Hue. To ensure secrecy, the 200 workers that buried Tu Duc’s remains were beheaded afterwards. To this day this site has still not been discovered. 

When I walked around the Tomb of Tu Duc while broadcasting live on Periscope it was truly hard not to appreciate it’s beauty while marvelling at the craftsmanship, artistry, and design.

About the Author John Saboe

I am a broadcaster, photographer, writer and videographer with a passion for travel throughout Asia. I love making connections and engaging with people. I am spiritual and seek adventure wherever I go.

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