Dong Khanh died young, having no time to start his tomb construction. Most of the monuments of the tomb were simply planned and built during the first year of Emperor Thanh Thai's reign (1889), improved and completed in the years 1916, 1917, 1921 and 1923 under Emperor Khai Dinh ( Dong Khanh 's son).
The tomb has 20 monuments, both principal and secondary. Like those proceeding Emperors ( Thieu Tri, Tu Duc and Duc Duc), Dong Khanh tomb is divided into two areas, the tomb and the temple, 100m apart.
The Ngung Hy Temple, dedicated to the cult of Dong Khanh and his two Queen, is the monument of greatest value of art. Most noteworthy are the building materials and decoration. Aside from the elaborate exterior decoration, the interior is lacquered red, gilded and richly adorned.
As a whole, Dong Khanh Tomb is pretty, delicate and bears to some extent the cross - cultural stamp of European and Asian civilizations in late 19 th-early 20 th centuries.
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