With an eye on the afterlife, resting places are of the utmost importance to Vietnamese people, and past monarchs with a nearly unlimited supply of money didn't hold back on their journeys to the underworld. "Life is temporary, death is permanent," was the reason many decided to build splendid and sophisticated tombs. Rulers of the past put a ridiculously huge amount of effort into creating a tomb befitting of their position. Feng Shui was employed to find the best rsting place, while money and thousands of hours of labor were poured in to remind the next generations of how important out rulers were, leaving a lasting legacy.
|Khai Dinh's tomb is much smaller than others from the Nguyen Dynasty. At the entrance, there are 37 steps leading to the main gate with dragons carved along the walls.|
|After some 30 more steps, you reach the imperial court. On both sides of the courtyard, there are two rows of statues facing the central path leading to the altar area. These statutes, unlike other concrete structures here, are made of stone.|
|The rear room of the Khai Thanh Palace is the main temple, with a statue of Khai Dinh, his tomb and his altar.|
|The most noticeable features of the tomb are the glass and ceramic mosaics.|
|Dragons, which symbolize imperial power, are commonly used as a decorative feature.|
|Stone statues with various facial expressions were a masterpiece of Vietnamese artisans in the early 20th century.|
By Dao Tuan / vnexpress