Last updated:August 21, 2020Located about 10 km from the center of Hue, Khai Dinh tomb is the last architectural work of the Nguyen Dynasty and is one the most outstanding constructions thanks to modern materials and styles. This article is a complete travel guide to the tomb of Khai Dinh in Hue, Vietnam. It includes tips on how to get there, the entrance fee and things to see at the construction. About King Khai DinhEmperor Khai Dinh (1885 – 1925) was the eldest son of King Dong Khanh and Queen Huu Thien Thuan. His birth name was Nguyen Phuc Buu Dao, then changed to Nguyen Phuc Tuan.He ascended the throne on May 18, 1916, and was the 12th king of the Nguyen Dynasty. He was in the throne for ten years. About Khai Dinh tombLocated in Chau Chu village, Huong Thuy Town, Thua Thien Hue province, the tomb of Khai Dinh is the resting place of the Emperor Khai Dinh, the 12th king of the Nguyen Dynasty.The construction began on September 4, 1920, and took 11 years to complete. The process involved many famous craftsmen and artisans, with a large scale of foreign materials. Although it has the smallest area, Khai Dinh tomb is the most effort-consuming and the most expensive tomb of the Nguyen Dynasty.To build the tomb, King Khai Dinh asked the government to increase the tax to 30% nationwide. Due to this action, King Khai Dinh was severely condemned by history. How to get to Khai Dinh tombThe tomb of Khai Dinh is located on the side of Chau Chu Mountain, southwest of the Imperial City of Hue.If you ride a motorbike or car, you can go straight along Highway 49 and reach Khai Dinh Tomb.With the bus, you can take the south bus route to Dong Ba – Cho Tuan and vice versa, stop at Khai Dinh bus stop.Transportation guide:How to get to Hanoi to HueHow to get from Da Nang to Hue Best time to visit Khai Dinh tombThe best time to visit Hue Vietnam is from January to February.It is the most suitable time to visit the historical sites such as Hue Imperial city as well as the tombs of the Nguyen Dynasty. How long does it take to explore Khai Dinh’s tomb?It takes about 1-2 hours to visit all the must-see in Khai Dinh Tomb.However, you should combine other nearby attractions in one day, such as Minh Mang tomb, Imperial city, and Thien Mu pagoda. Khai Dinh tomb entrance feeThe entrance ticket for Khai Dinh tomb is listed below100 000 VND per adult20 000 VND per childThe monument is opened for visitors from 7 am to 5 pm. To reach the tomb, you will need to walk 127 steps. Best places to stay in HueStaying at the center of Hue is the best option as the attractions are quite near each other.If you’re looking for a party hostel in Hue, Vietnam Backpacker Hostels Hue is a great choice.Rosaleen Boutique Hotel is highly recommended if you’re looking for a relaxing vacation in Hue. Besides an outdoor swimming pool, the hotel offers a tasty breakfast and excellent service. Things to see at Khai Dinh tombThe tomb Khai Dinh is an intersection of the cultures between the East and West, reflecting the sumptuous preference of the king during his lifetime.Different architecture styles can be found at every corner of the tomb, including various architectural styles of India, Buddhism, Romanesque and Gothic.The entranceThe entrance of the tomb of Khai Dinh has 37 steps, decorated with dragon statues. The fence resembles a series of Holy Crosses while the stupas-shaped pillars influence by Hinduism architecture. Tam Quan gateTam Quan Gate is located on the first floor of the Tomb of Khai Dinh, including the worshiping places for the soldiers. To get to the Tam Quan gate, you must pass 37 of the 127 steps of the tomb. Bai Dinh yardThe construction was built with modern materials such as iron, steel, cement imported from France.See alsoVietnam Travel GuideSaigon Street Eats ReviewIn Bai Dinh yard, there are two rows of soldiers sculpted in the right 1: 1 ratio on both sides of the yard.The court of worship of soldiers, elephants, and horses was made of rare stone. Thien Dinh templeThien Dinh temple is the main building of Khai Dinh tomb. It’s the burial place and has a unique design and the most artistic value to this day. The building is located on the fifth floor – the highest position of the tomb.It has a rectangle, marble base, with the entire interior of the palace is decorated with porcelain and glass reliefs imported from China and Japan.The entire interior of Thien Dinh temple was decorated with porcelain and glassAll details are decorated with ceramic mosaic art. Khai Thanh templeTomb of Khai Dinh is located in the middle of Khai Thanh temple, which is also the room with the most beautiful decorations.On the tomb is a statue of King Khai Dinh sitting on a throne made of gold-plated copper cast in France. The remains of King Khai Dinh placed under this altar.The statue was cast in France by two French artisans and gilded by Hue artisans.The ceiling of the temple is awe-inspiring with dragon paintings. The itemsVisitors can also see valued collections in the corner of the temple.For example, the collections range from paintings, tea tray, crown, or even modern items such as alarm clock, tennis racket, and kerosene lamp. Disclaimer: This article may contain affiliate links. We receive a small commission at no cost to you when you make a purchase using some of the links.