A royal tomb: then and now; Thanh Nien News

Viet Nam – Complex of Hué Monuments

Emperor Tu Duc’s Tomb in Hue provides a unique spot from which to view both distant and recent history.

When Truong Bao Anh was a child, she would walk the half-kilometer from her house outside the historic town of Hue to the tomb of King Tu Duc the fourth emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty.

There, she would meet her friends and they would collect dry pine wood, snails and fetch fish out of the tomb complex’s lakes.

“After that we played together,” said Anh, 29, who speaks with a raspy cough acquired via her job as a tour guide at the Hue Royal Antiquities Museum since 2009.

 “My parents didn’t want me to go to the tomb because they considered it a holy place for kings. But, I was too young to understand.”

She would often spend afternoons sleeping at the tomb.

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