Tu Duc’s tomb was the oldest tomb we visited on this motorcycle tour (1848 to 1883), and it was falling into state of disrepair.
At times the lack of work on the grounds was sad, as in this beautiful pavilion cordoned off as pieces fell into the pond. The painting below may show the same pavilion in better times.
This painting on the wall of the main inner building may be of the pavilion that juts out into the pond/moat area.
Protected from the elements, the primary inner building was still quite beautiful. One room was full of royal costumes that you could rent and then play at being ’emperor for a day’.
The inner courtyard was relatively well-maintained.
The extensive grounds, on the other hand, were overgrown and crumbling, giving the feel of great age as if we were in an archeological site, which of course we were.
NOTE: Approximately 90 photos edited down to 11. Does anyone know of a program that makes editing down a huge number of photos easier?