Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Khai Dinh's Tomb - Hue

On a steep hillside outside Hue, in Central Vietnam, this grandiose dragon staircase leads up to the entrance gates and the first courtyard of Khai Dinh's Tomb.

Entrance gates to the first courtyard. The tomb climbs the hillside in terraces of cement, slate and marble, and was 11 years in the making.

The first courtyard is filled with stone statues of elephants, horses and civil and military mandarins. Khai Dinh reigned from 1916 to 1925


dive said...

Dammit! Now I've simply GOT to replace my staircase with one like that.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Beautiful place Jules.. glad you are back blogging.

Dave said...

So much history! You don't find locations like that here in Canada as it is such a young country. I enjoy those shots. :-)

Jules said...

Hi Guys
Dave - a bit ostentatious n'est ce pas??

Could be very painful sliding down the banister - ouch - brings tears to my eyes thinking about it!!!!

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