Minh Mạng was the second emperor of the Nguyễn dynasty of Vietnam, reigning from 1820 until his death in 1841.

This majestic tomb is renowned for its architecture and sublime forest setting. The tomb was planned during Minh Mang’s reign but built by his successor, Thieu Tri.

From a stone bridge across crescent-shaped Tan Nguyet Lake (Lake of the New Moon), a monumental staircase with dragon banisters leads to Minh Mang’s sepulchre. The gate to the tomb is opened only once a year on the anniversary of the emperor’s death.