Due to its distance, few venture out to the marvelous tomb of Emperor Gia Long, who reigned until 1820. Surrounded by old pine forests on the west bank of the Perfume River, this tomb has a regal atmosphere and classic design. Spectacular views complement this significant monument.
Gia Long was the first of the Nguyen dynasty emperors. After more than 20 years of almost continuous warfare, he succeeded in ending the Tay Son rebellion and, for the first time unifying all of what we recognise today as Vietnam.
Gia Long also moved the capital from Hanoi to Hue, where, with French assistance, he built the famous citadel.