Gia Long Tomb – The resting place of King Gia Long – The first ruler of Nguyen Dynasty
Of the seven royal tombs, Gia Long Tomb is the farthest from Hue Ancient Capital. Its location is at Huong Tho commune, Huong Tra district, which is about 20km from Hue downtown area. In fact, this tomb not only includes the tomb of King Gia Long, but it also hosts the tombs of other members of royalty. Those tombs were built over the 17th and 19th century and recognized as one of UNESCO World Heritages.
In comparison with other emperor’s tomb, Gia Long tomb is the most distant one. However, it is the most beautiful and impressive with regard to the natural landscape. The architecture of the tomb is quite special, it is a combination of architectural engineering and nature. There are no fences, palaces or ramparts here, the tomb was fenced completely by mountains and hills.
According to priest Léopold Michel Cardière, tourists should visit the tomb of Gia Long in the afternoon. At this time, we will be able to contemplate the beautiful sunset from the other side of the lake. The beautiful pine forest dimly looms in the sun, which creates a majestic and imposing scene.
The beautiful landscape here keeps pace with the impressiveness of hills and mountains. The silent harsh of the death matches the brilliance of nature, which reminds people of the great memories about King Gia Long – the first ruler of Nguyen Dynasty.
There are two ways to go to Gia Long tomb. You can travel by boat about 18 kilometers along Perfume River, besides, you can also use car or motorbike. Tourists can go about 16 km by car to Kim Ngoc wharf, take the boat from there and walk for some more kilometers.
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