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  Tomb of Nguyen Emperor Khai Dinh

 

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The mausoleum of the early twentieth century Emperor Khai Dinh, the 12th ruler of the Nguyen Dynasty, was built between 1920 and 1931, hence its construction was started by himself but completed by his successor Bao Dai, as Khai Dinh died in 1925.

 

The tomb is located on the outskirts of the former imperial city of Hue (fig.), at Mount Chau Chu and near the Perfume River (fig.), thus following the rules of feng shui. Though much smaller than the tombs of his predecessors, it is far more elaborately designed (fig.).

 

  Tomb of Nguyen Emperor Khai Dinh

 

  Tomb of Nguyen Emperor Khai Dinh

 

The enclosing mountain is said to represent a dragon, with one side being the dragon's head and the other end its tail, though some rather see a tiger in the side opposing the dragon's head. The tomb is guarded by statues of elephants, horses and palace officials, a feature akin to the Terracotta Warriors (fig.) of Emperor Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum in Xi'an, China.

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