Location: Tomb of Khai Dinh is located on
the slope of Chau Chu Mountain (also called Chau E), 10km from Hue City.
Characteristic: In comparison with those of the preceding emperors, Khai
Dinh’s tomb is much smaller in surface (117m x 48.5m) but it is very elaborate.
It is the result of the interminglement of many architectural trends: European
and Asian, as well as ancient and modern.
The construction of the tomb was started on September 4th, 1920 and lasted for
11 years. The overall construction of the tomb is an emerging rectangular
structure with 127 steps, leaning against the mountain.- Entering the tomb area,
one should climb a 37 steps gate with the biggest dragons in the country forming
the side walls. In the courtyard, line two rows of left and right altar built
according to traditional configuration of "double storey with eight roofs", but
all the rafters are made of reinforced concrete. Climbing 29 further steps, one
is reaching the imperial audience court, in the centre of which stands the
octagonal stele monument also made of reinforced concrete. On both sides of the
courtyard, two rows of statues are facing towards the court center. In addition
to these statues, similar to those of the other tombs, there are six more
couples representing bodyguard soldiers. These statues are made of stone, a
material very rare in Khai Dinh's tomb. The courtyard is flanked on both sides
by two high and imposing pillars. Visitors have to go up three more levels in
order to reach the altar monument. The Khai Thanh Palace is the main room of the
Thien Dinh Palace, which contains many connecting rooms. The walls are densely
decorated and inlaid with elaborate glass and porcelain designs. The floor is
covered with enameled flowers bricks and the ceiling is painted with nine
dragons, appearing in fine fleeting clouds. The rear room of the Khai Thanh
Palace constitutes the main temple, which contains the statue of Khai Dinh, his
grave and his altar. The tomb of Khai Dinh is one of the most surprising among
the royal tombs of Hue.