Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh
The Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh is the smallest royal tomb in Hue that features distinct French details and terracotta sculptures.
Originally built as a temple to commemorate Dong Khanh’s father, it was repurposed into a royal tomb after the emperor’s untimely death in 1889. Locals believe that the distinct French details found in the monument – stained glass windows, and terracotta statues depicting Vietnamese life – represent the emperor’s rule which was heavily controlled by the French. Several differences in details — the red-and-gold Tung Thy temple, and the cement pavement — set Dong Khanh’s tomb apart from other royal resting places.
Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh is located in Hue, 13 minutes away from the Hue Railway Station.
Opening Days and Hours
Opens daily from 8:00 to 17:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance fee is VND 100,000 (USD 4.50). Tours to the Royal Tombs start at USD 10, excluding admission fees.
How to Get There
- Fly from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh to Hue via Vietnam Airlines.
- From the airport, board a taxi to city centre.
- Rent a bicycle or a motorbike. Proceed to Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh.
- Solo travelers
- Groups of friends
Time to Spend
Suggested duration in this attraction is 1 hour.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
Although the smallest tomb, this attraction is still one of the most visited spots in Hue. Best time to visit is between 8:00 and 10:00.
Nook Cafe and Bar, Cherish Hue Restaurant, CocoClub, Le Parfum, Ancient Town Restaurant, and Ganesh Indian Restaurant are some of the nearby dining options to choose from.
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For accommodations that offer rooms starting at USD 30, you can choose from Duy Tan Hotel, Gold Hotel, Cherish Hotel, Century Riverside Hotel, Hotel La Perle, Hotel Romance, Hue Serene Palace Hotel, Emm Hotel, Orchid Hotel, and Alba Spa Hotel.