The Minh Mang Royal Tomb is located on Cam Ke mount on the west bank of the Perfume River, 12 km form Hue. It is the final resting place of Minh Mang, the ruling king of Vietnam from 1820 to 1841 who ruled his subjects with a firm but fair grip and rejected overtures from foreign nations.
The construction of Minh Mang’s tomb was done in 1843, 2 years after the king died. The design represents a middle way between Khai Dinh’s and Tu Duc’s, which offers a balance of landscaping and architecture that is unmatched among the tombs in Hue.
The standard architectural complex consists of 40 constructions (temples, pavilions, palaces, etc.) designed on a symmetric axis running from Dai Hong gate to the foot of La Thanh behind the Emperor’s tomb.