Sunday, February 17, 2008

Inside Khai Dinh's Palace, Hue



Inside the palace it is a visual feast compared to the less-inspiring blackened exterior of the mausoleum. Colourful floor tiles, a huge dragon-in-the-clouds mural that was painted by artists using their feet adorns the ceiling of the middle chamber, and bright frescoes of inlaid ceramics and glass depicting the four seasons, cover the walls.

Nine metres below a life-size bronze statue of Khai Dinh made in France in 1922, the king's remains are entombed

10 comments:

the donG said...

nice place. i hope that you get to visit the Philippines as well. i'll help you get around.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Beautifully done.. every where you looked must have been stunning... the workmanship is awesome.

dive said...

Who needs drugs with a ceiling like that?
Wheeeee !

Dave said...

So very exquisit! Won't find that much detail in very many parts of the world.

Jules said...

The dong - would love to go one day I have heard it is really beautiful.

Dive - he! he! he!

Tom & Dave - yes it was a visual feast for sure!!!

oldmanlincoln said...

It is astonishing to see such decoration. I wonder if "he" got to see it before he died?

alicesg said...

The buildings are so beautifully crafted. Isn't it sad that much money go to please the emperor while the common people suffer. It is the same in ancient china.

the donG said...

hi Jules. feel free to get in touch with me once you decide to visit the Philippines. I can help you get around. I'll visit Vietnam this within this year. I'll make sure I'll see this temple.

Jules said...

Abe - I think he planned it because it was started in 1920, five years before he died.

I know you'll love Vietnam Dong - glad my photos have been a help to you when planning your itinerary.

Alice - so true!!!!

Petrea said...

Wow.