Vietnam: Hue – Tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh

Khai Dinh was one but last Vietnamese Emperor, reigning from 1916 to 1926. By this time, Vietnam was a full-fledged French protectorate and the emperor was nothing more then a salaried employee of the French government, a figurehead in a French colony of Indochina. This made him the least popular and often hated by Vietnamese. He also built the most lavish mausoleum for himself, on a hill with absolutely stunning lacquerwork mosaics, many statues, and plenty of gold in the tomb itself. To do this, he raised taxes on the residents of Hue by 30% (probably got this idea from the French), which made him even more hated. The tomb is stunningly magnificent though and an absolute historical gem!