The Emperor's Tombs

A number of stone men and a horse stand guard outside the emperor's tomb

Hué was for a long time the capital of one of the Vietnamese empires. Just south of town there are several emperor's tombs, mostly built in the nineteenth century. I took a tour that included three of them. One of the common elements is a group of mandarins (and soldiers and an elephant or two) awaiting the emperor's command in death as in life. Khai Dinh's tomb pictured above was completed in 1931, the last to be built - unlike the other tombs, it shows a heavy European influence and came out wonderfully gothic. I enjoyed it immensely.