The final resting places of the Nguyen emperors are dotted around the hills surrounding the south bank of the Perfume River. They were also designed for recreation; somewhere the emperor could fish, hunt and enjoy the company of his concubines in his twilight years. Each tomb is of individual construction but usually features a pavilion, detailing the lifetime accomplishments of the dead emperor; a temple for worship to the emperor; a sepulchre, where the emperor's remains are enclosed; a decorative courtyard and a lotus pond. The Tomb of Tu Duc and of Hai Dinh are two of the best examples and a good place to learn more about this fascinating era of Vietnam's history.
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