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Minh Mang Tomb

Minh Mang Tomb impresses with its ancient traditional architecture, imbued with Confucian identity. Moreover, this is an attractive destination that tourists should not miss on their journey to visit the ancient capital of Hue. To admire the architectural art of mausoleums and better understand important historical periods of Vietnam. Let’s explore this special tomb with Origin Vietnam.

1. Where is Minh Mang Tomb?

Minh Mang Tomb, also known as Hieu Lang, is located on Cam Ke mountain, Huong Tho commune, Huong Tra town, Thua Thien Hue province, Vietnam. About 12 km southwest of Hue city center and about 96 km northwest of Da Nang city.

Minh Mang Tomb

2. How is Minh Mang Tomb unique?

Minh Mang Hue Tomb is one of 7 mausoleums built during the Nguyen Dynasty. The monument is an attractive destination that attracts a large number of tourists during their Hue travel itinerary. This place is near Bang Lang junction, the hill area has up to 40 different large and small projects.

Especially, Tomb of Minh Mang is especially located in a convenient location, with extremely airy mountains, rivers and lakes. The project has the most majestic and standard architecture under the Nguyen Dynasty and is a destination that attracts a large number of tourists from all over to visit and admire.

In particular, Minh Mang Tomb is one of the important components of the Hue Monuments Complex, recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage in December 1993. Because it contains many historical, cultural, archaeological, architectural and artistic values.

3. History of the formation of Minh Mang tomb

Minh Mang succeeded King Gia Long in 1820 and made great contributions to reforming the country. At that time, he wanted to build a Son Mausoleum as a place to rest and relax after the worries of the royal court and as a place to burn incense after his death.

To start the construction plan, the courtiers spent 14 years looking for a suitable location and finally chose Cam Khe mountain because it converged all the elements of water, mountains and green trees. After that, King Minh Mang changed the mountain’s name to Hieu Son and named Hieu Lang the name of his mausoleum.

After the process of reviewing and approving the designs and architectural reports, in April 1840 the mausoleum began construction. Unfortunately, during the construction process, King Minh Mang fell ill and passed away. A month later, King Thieu Tri ascended the throne and continued construction. By 1843, the Hieu Lang project was officially completed.

Tomb of Minh Mang

4. Standard architecture of Hue Minh Mang Tomb

Tomb of King Minh Mang Hue has a total area of ​​about 18 hectares, including 40 large and small works arranged symmetrically. The works are set on 3 large axes and parallel to each other, with Shin Dao street as the center. Besides, the shape of Minh Mang Hue Tomb resembles a person resting with his head resting on Kim Phung Mountain, his legs stretched out to the river junction in front of him. The two halves of Trung Minh Lake are like arms hanging down naturally, extremely leisurely.

The green of trees surrounded Minh Mang Tomb, the quiet space of rivers and lakes and the stability of mountains. Moreover, a fragrant lotus pond in the middle of the mausoleum grounds also embellishes this charming beauty.

5. When is the best time to visit Minh Mang Tomb?

In early spring, from January to February, the weather in Hue becomes the most beautiful and pleasant. Hue’s climate around this time is usually cool, with little sunshine and no rain, which will help you feel comfortable and relaxed when traveling.

This is the most suitable time of the year that you should visit Minh Mang Tomb to visit, sightsee and enjoy the fresh air here.

Hue Tomb of Minh Mang

6. How to get to Minh Mang tomb?

Hue is always one of the top famous and ideal tourist destinations in Vietnam. If you also love this poetic and romantic land, please contact Origin Vietnam to get information on air tickets, bus tickets and train tickets at extremely attractive prices.

6.1 Moving To Hue

6.1.1 By plane

This is the most convenient and fastest means of transportation for tourists from other provinces and cities to reach the Hue tourist area. Most domestic airlines currently have direct flights to Phu Bai airport, Hue. Flight time from Hanoi to Hue takes about 1 hour 15 minutes, from Ho Chi Minh City to Hue about 1 hour 30 minutes.

6.1.2 By passenger car

If you live in nearby localities, choosing a bus is quite suitable because the travel time is short and the cost is relatively low. If you are in remote provinces, you can choose a sleeper bus to travel. From Hanoi to Hue, please refer to buying bus tickets from popular bus companies running the Hanoi – Hue route such as Hung Thanh, Camel, Duc Thinh,… The Hanoi – Hue route has a travel time of about 12 – 14 hours.

From Ho Chi Minh City to Hue it takes about 20 hours. Some popular bus companies running the HCM – Hue route include Hoang Long, Huong Ty, Minh Phuong,…

6.1.3 By train

If you have a lot of time to travel to Hue and love sightseeing along the way, choose the train. Train tickets are not too expensive. Trains usually have hard seats, soft seats, beds and air-conditioned or non-air-conditioned compartments. If you go far in the hot season, you should choose trains SE3, SE1, buy air-conditioning sleeper tickets to be comfortable and shorten travel time.

6.2 Traveling to Minh Mang mausoleum from Hue city

From Hue city center, you can move to Minh Mang Tomb in two ways as follows:

  • Route 1: Travel by taxi or rent a motorbike along Highway 49, along the Huong River to Cau Tuan. Next, you just need to go straight a little further to reach King Minh Mang’s Mausoleum.
  • Route 2: Go by dragon boat up the Perfume River in the direction of the Ta Trach and Huu Trach streams merging to reach your destination.
Image Tomb of Minh Mang

7. Exploring the beauty of Minh Mang tomb

With a fairly large overall scale and 40 structures inside, Minh Mang Hue Tomb has many outstanding attractions. Below are 7 attractive places that you should not miss on your journey to explore this monument:

7.1 Dai Hong Mon

Dai Hong Mon is the main gate, the door opening the way to King Minh Mang’s mausoleum. The gate is built of lime bricks, has 3 walkways and 24 thatched roofs with sophisticated architecture with decorative motifs of carp turning into dragons and dragon clouds. According to historical records, Dai Hong Mon only opened once to bring King Minh Mang’s coffin into the mausoleum, then it has been closed until now. To enter and exit the mausoleum, visitors must go through two side gates, Ta Hong Mon and Huu Hong Mon.

7.2 Bai Dinh

Behind Dai Hong Mon is a large yard paved with Bat Trang tiles called Bai Dinh. On both sides of the yard are rows of stone statues of civil and military mandarins, elephants and horses. The highlight of this yard is the Thanh Duc Than Cong stone stele written by King Thieu Tri to remember his father’s biography and merits.

7.3 Minh Lau

Minh Lau in Minh Mang tomb means morning floor – a place for the king to meditate on cool, moonlit nights. The building has square architecture, two floors, eight roofs located on Tam Dai Son hill and behind is the Tho flower garden. Minh Lau is beautifully decorated, imbued with the breath of Confucianism and philosophy of life.

7.4 Tam Dien Area

The palace includes Hieu Duc Mon and Sung An Palace, this is the area for worshiping the tablets of the King and Queen Ta Thien Nhan. Stepping into Tam Dien, you will feel the sacred, ancient space with a world full of leisure and escape. The project also has 17 stone steps that take visitors to Hoang Trach Mon with a cool blue sky, fragrant trees, fragrant wildflowers, and the immense beauty of the lake interspersed with small lotus stands.

7.5 Tan Nguyet Lake

Tan Nguyet Lake is the next destination that you should visit on your journey to visit Minh Mang Hue Tomb. The work has a new moon shape embracing Buu Thanh’s sun symbol. This is the architecture that represents the ancients’ concept of transformation – the factor that creates the universe.

7.6 Thong Minh Chinh Truc Bridge

Across Tan Nguyen Lake is Thong Minh Chinh Truc Bridge leading the way to Minh Lau. The bridge has an ancient architecture consisting of 33 steps with gentle beauty, close to nature.

7.7 Hien Duc Mon

Hien Duc Mon is a construction located in the Tam Dien area. The project was built on a square piece of land symbolizing the earth god. This place has majestic, ancient colors and a sacred space.

7.8 Buu Thanh

Buu Thanh is a wall surrounding a hill with a circumference of 273 meters, 3.5 meters high, with only one door for entry and exit. Inside Buu Thanh, many trees are planted, mainly pine trees. According to historical records, King Minh Mang’s coffin was buried deep in the hill, surrounded by Buu Thanh to protect the king’s rest.

8. Enjoying Hue specialties when visiting Minh Mang tomb

Cuisine in Hue has its own unique characteristics. The dishes are not too sweet or too spicy, rich in Central flavors and they prepared this dish very skillful and delicate. It makes you remember them forever after eating once.

8.1 Nem Lui Hue (Lui Spring Rolls)

Although Lui spring rolls are not a strange dish in many other localities, in Hue, Lui spring rolls have a very unique, delicious flavor. Nem Lui is served with rice paper, herbs, and dipped in broth. The dipping sauce is mixed with a thick paste, including pureed peanuts, pork liver, and minced pork.

8.2 Hue Pressed Cake

The still hot cakes were placed on a small plastic plate. When eating, guests add laksa leaves, papaya, and cucumber, then roll it up and dip it in a bowl of sweet and sour fish sauce. The cake is rich in the taste of fat, crispy sour of soaked papaya, rich in meat, eggs and the aroma of green onions, perfect for a summer afternoon snack for Hue tourists.

8.3 Hue Sweet Soup

Hue is famous for many types of sweet soup, each with its own delicious taste such as lotus seed sweet soup, floating sweet soup, taro sweet soup, roasted meat sweet soup. No need to go to big restaurants, just sit next to street vendors or small alleys, order a cup of sweet soup, and you can enjoy the sophistication of Hue’s snacks.

8.4 Hue Beef Noodle Soup

Beef noodle soup is a famous specialty of Hue. When traveling to Hue, you definitely have to wake up early and eat a delicious bowl of beef noodle soup here. The broth is carefully simmered from beef bones, onions, and other traditional spices to create a delicious, attractive flavor. Hue beef noodle soup is large and soft, served with pork patties and a little blood and fatty pork hoof. Before eating, add some fresh lemon, a few pieces of chili and raw vegetables and mix well. The delicious taste of beef noodle soup in Hue is hard to compare anywhere else.

9. Accommodation when visiting Minh Mang tomb

Because this destination is not too far from Hue city. So, after sightseeing and experiencing, you return to Hue city to rest. Some highly rated hotels that you can refer to.

  • Melia Vinpearl Hotel Hue. Address: 50A, Hung Vuong Street, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue Province.
  • Eldora Hotel Hue. Address: 60 Ben Nghe, Phu Hoi Ward, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue.
  • Rosaleen Boutique Hotel. Address: 36 Chu Van An, Phu Hoi, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue.
  • Silk Path Grand Hue Hotel & Spa. Address: No. 02 Le Loi Street, Vinh Ninh, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue Province.
  • Senna Hotel Hue. Address: No. 7 Nguyen Tri Phuong Street, Phu Hoi Ward, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue Province.
  • Saigon Morin Hotel Hue. Address: 30 Le Loi Street, Phu Hoi Ward, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue Province.

10. Some important notes when traveling to Minh Mang tomb

Because it is a place of sanctuary and worship, you need to note the following things on your journey to visit Minh Mang mausoleum in Hue:

  • Paying attention to dressing discreetly and politely, avoid being revealing or offensive.
  • Maintaining order, do not play or talk loudly.
  • Complying with the regulations of the tourism management board, respect the significance of the project, do not touch artifacts, do not climb on statues, mascots, etc.
  • Maintaining general hygiene, do not throw trash indiscriminately, affecting the surrounding landscape.

Minh Mang Tomb is a heritage building and an attractive tourist destination, imbued with historical significance. This is a place you should not miss during your tour Vietnam to the ancient capital to be able to admire the scale and beautiful architecture of the Nguyen Dynasty standards.

Please contact Origin Vietnam immediately – a professional tour operator. We are willing to share useful information about the destination as well as accompany you on your Hue tour to explore the hidden charm of Minh Mang Tomb. We are committed to bringing you exciting experiences and unforgettable memories.

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