Pavilion at Tu Duc’s Royal Tomb in Hue, Vietnam
The information sign at the Xung Khiem Pavilion on the grounds of Tu Duc’s Royal Tomb in Hue, Vietnam says it was, “requested by the emperor for the enjoyment of fresh air, the scenic view and as a place to compose poetry.” Tu Duc Royal Tomb is unquestionably one of the most luxurious and extraordinary royal mausoleums. The tomb, constructed between 1864 and 1867, was so luxurious in fact that the emperor apparently never wanted to leave and designed it for himself to use during his life and after his death. And what a life it was for the barely five foot tall emperor! Tu Duc had 104 wives, countless concubines and no children. One wonders how he had time for poetry.