First imperial tomb of Nguyen dynasty

Among the imperial tombs of the Nguyen dynasty (1802-1945), Tu Lang (the tomb of King Dong Khanh) has a construction history marked by significant challenges spanning four reigns. It was the first imperial tomb of the Nguyen dynasty to exhibit European architectural influences, signaling a strong trend towards Westernization that continues with the construction of King Khai Dinh’s tomb in 1920.

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The Bi Dinh (stele pavilion) area in Tu Lang features a unique blend of Western and Eastern architectural styles. (Photo: VNP/VNA)
The main gate is intricately designed. (Photo: VNP/VNA)
Ngung Hy Pavilion, previously known as Truy Tu Pavilion, is the most unique architectural structure in the tomb. (Photo: VNP/VNA)
On the left side of the Ngung Hy Pavilion stands the Cong Nghia Palace, while on the right side lies the Minh An Temple, dedicated to honoring and worshiping royal court officials. (Photo: VNP/VNA)
The altar dedicated to King Dong Khanh is located inside the Ngan Hy Palace. (Photo: VNP/VNA)

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