A Sunset Stroll at Khiêm Lăng (Emperor Tự Đức’s Tomb)

I revisited Khiêm Lăng – Emperor Tự Đức’s Modest Tomb (1964-1967) one late afternoon when the last tourists were almost done with their visit and were about to leave. Light was changing to golden color and painting the trees, the lakes, the roofs, the stones and bricks with their warmth and gentle touch. I walked some different routes from the tourists to have another perspective of one of my favorite imperial tombs in Huế.

It’s said that Tự Đức (1829-1883) was not a great leader but he was a talented poet and a faithful child to his mother. His love and respect for his mother wins my heart.

Some people think Khiêm Lăng is too poetic to be a tomb. Well, that’s partly true but they forget that this was also built as his second palace when he was still on throne and he sometimes stayed there during the last 16 years of his reign. Emperor Tự Đức made this sanctuary his temporary getaway when he was still alive and his forever home after he passed away.

One of the entrances to Khiêm Lăng
Tourists leaving the the tomb after the visit
It was peaceful to walk through the pine wood at Khiêm Lăng.
Even flowers enjoying the last sun drops of the day
I watched orchid blossoms swinging in the breeze and my heart was at peace.
Pieces of brick found around the conservating area
Wondering how old these jars are and why they are here
Khiêm Cung Môn (Modest Palace Gate)
A bronze burner in front of Hòa Khiêm Điện
The pavilions of Dũ Khiêm & Xung Khiêm
Salutation court at the tomb area
One of the two elephant sculptures at Khiêm Lăng
Stele house and its 20-ton stone stele
The last visitors lingering to enjoy some peaceful moment at Khiêm Lăng
Tiểu Khiêm Pond and the entrance to Emperor Tự Đức’s grave
The entrance to Emperor Tự Đức’s grave looked from inside
Queen Lệ Thiên Anh’s (Emperor Tự Đức’s wife’s) grave looked from behind
Perhaps, like me, this couple also thought this sanctuary was too poetic and peaceful to leave.