Dong Khanh tomb

  
Dong Khanh tomb (also called Tu Lang) is located in Cu Si village, Thuong Hai hamlet, Thuy Xuan commune, Hue city. Having ascended the throne in February 1888, emperor Dong Khanh built Truy Tu palace to worship his father. While the palace was still under construction, Emperor Dong Khanh suffered from disease and abruptly passed away. Then, emperor Thanh Thai crowned and renamed TruyTu palace as Ngung Hy to worship emperor Dong Khanh. Emperor Dong Khanh was simply buried on Ho Thuan son hill about 30m to the west of Ngung Hy palace. The entire tomb area is called Tu Lang. In 1916, emperor Khai Dinh (Emperor Dong Khanh's son) had the palace repaired and Dong Khanh tomb constructed. The entire tomb area including Bai dinh, Bi dinh, Buu thanh and Huyen cung were reconstructed under emperor Khai Dinh's reign. The construction was basically completed in July 1917 and officially completed in 1923.

Dong Khanh tomb was constructed from 1888 to 1923 during the reigns of four emperors, it marks the architecture features of two different historic periods.

Worship area: constructions are designed in the ancient architecture multi - succeeding roofs style. Inside the main palace and independent houses are red pillars decorated with the four holly animals, four seasons and 24 drawings illustrating "Nhi thap tu hieu" story  - Chinese story about twenty-four filial exemplars in Ngung Hy palace. Ngung Hy palace is rustically decorated with terra-cottas such as fighting cock and fisherman. However, colorful glass doors and the two drawings describing Franco - Turkish war in Napoleonic period and other artifacts show the influence of Western European culture.

Tomb area: The tomb architecture, decoration and material reflect "Europeanized" style. The memorial house is a variation of Roman - East Asian architecture. The thin and tall mandarin statutes are made from cement and brick (instead of stone statute), ardoise tiles and plaid brick.

In general, the tomb of Emperor Dong Khanh is the beginning of Eurasian - Neoclassical architecture.

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