Gia Long Tomb, a simple but harmonious with nature Tomb
Gia Long or Thien Tho Lang (天授 陵) is the tomb of Gia Long Emperor (1762-1820), the founder of the Nguyen Dynasty. Gia Long tomb is actually a rally of many tombs in the royal family, now in Huong Tho commune, Huong Tra town. The tomb is said to be the simplest of the royal tombs in Vietnam, but very harmonious with nature, all of them emit a peaceful atmosphere.
Gia Long Tomb was built in 1814 and was completed in 1820. The tomb is located on a land area having a circumference of up to 11,234,40 m. This area has 42 small large hills mountains. From the bank of the Huong River to the tomb, there is a wide road between 2 soaring green pine tree lines, creating a cool, calm atmosphere. Two majestic pillars located outside is the signal of the tomb. In front of the tomb is Dai Thien Tho Mountain, behind the tomb is 7 mountains and 2 sides are 14 other mountains. This is the best terrain for building an emperor’s tomb.
The grave area of King Gia Long and Queen Thua Thien Cao is remarkable. Through the courtyard with the majestic stone statues is Buu Thanh. Inside Buu Thanh, there are two parallel stone graves – a beautiful image of happiness and loyalty. To the right of the grave area is Minh Thanh Hall. Minh Thanh Hall is used to worship the Emperor and First Empress. Minh Thanh means “brilliant perfection”. There is another explanation that is “completed tomorrow”. Inside Minh Thanh, on the previous day, there are many relics attached to Gia Long’s life, such as the belt, the hat, and the saddle. To the left of the grave is Bi Dinh (The house used for containing a stele). Now, the house just exists a big stele carving the composition of King Minh Mang for praising his father, carved delicately.
Following the path among the grasses and forest flowers, visitors walk leisurely under the fresh pine trees to visit the adjacent tombs. Most noteworthy is the Emperor Thuan Thien Huong’s tomb, located in a peaceful position. Gia Thanh Hall is used to worship the woman who gave birth to the most talented king of the Nguyen Dynasty, Minh Mang.
Gia Long Tom Thien Tho Lang (天授 陵) is said to be the simplest of the royal tombs in Vietnam, but very harmonious with nature, all of them tomb emits a peaceful atmosphere. If you are interested in Vietnamese history and love nature, you should visit the tomb, certainly, you will have relaxation and useful knowledge.