Follow the Perfume River south of Hue, and you'll pass the pine-clad hills where each successive ruler built himself a fancy-pants mausoleum. Some are extravagantly ornate; some look more like elegant country homes (indeed, some were used by the emperors prior to their death). All are worth a look.
As none were built right on the shores of the river, the easiest way to visit a few is to hire a motorbike (or a motorbike and driver, if like me you don't know how to ride one).
|Tomb of Khai Dihn, the penultimate emperor (and fan of blackened concrete)|
|The front courtyard of the tomb of Khai Dihn - is that column winking at me?|
|One of the harmonious pavilions in the tomb of Minh Mang|
|The boating pavilion at Tu Duc's mausoleum, where the emperor used to write poetry|
|A more flamboyant side to Tu Duc's mausoleum, fitting for a man who had 104 wives and a vast number of concubines living in the grounds|