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Thieu Tri Tomb (called Xuong Tomb) as it is called, is the burial place of Thieu Tri Chief. The tomb was built in 11th February, 1848 and it was done in only 10 weeks. This tomb is one of the relics of Hue Citadel Complex which was identified as a new heritage by UNESCO in 11th 12 , 1993. It truly is found in Thuan Dao mountain, Cu Chanh commune, Thuy Bang town, Huong Thuy district, 8km away from Hue city. Compared to other kings' tombs, Thieu Tri's burial place is the only the one that faces Northwest - a direction that rarely any palace and tomb architectures faced in Nguyen Empire.
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Tu Duc full - Thieu Tri's child, had constructed Thieu Attempt tomb in accordance with his father previous goal. Before constructing this burial place, there were only two tombs which belonged to Gia Long and Minh Mang emperors in Hue. Consequently, during his life, Thieu Tri had used those two tombs' structure to produce his own design of the monument where he would rest permanently.
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In comparison to Gia Long and Minh Mang tombs, the tomb of Thieu Tri is much closer to the administrative centre. The structure is the combo of the two earlier tombs' architectures with two axes including tomb axis on the right and temple axis on the left standing 100 m away from one another. Found in other words, the are usually had located the forehead in a separated area from the tomb. Even though some small units of structure were added or cut, the key constructions such as Buu Wall (the surrounding wall of the grave), new-moon lake and great gate were the same to people of Minh Mang tomb.
Another different feature is the truth Thieu Tri Tomb does not have surrounding wall. If in Gia Long tomb, the brick wall is substituted by numerous lines of mountains and hills which serves the service as a natural border safeguarding the king from exterior invader, then in Thieu Tri Tomb, the protecting border is surrounding the rice fields or backyards. It can be that natural shield line that makes the peaceful and tranquil atmosphere of the landscape.