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 Wet Nurse Mausoleum
Update:11/19/2018
 

Told by the legend that when Nguyen Anh Lord was in hardship and misery since he was defeated, chased by Tay Son soldiers while the troop was so lacking; food supplies ran out and he thought he would die in this place, luckily, there was a well-off woman in My Hiep village (Ninh Hoa) who kindly fed and showed him the way to escape to the South. Many years later, after defeating the Tay Son Dynasty and becoming king, the king remembered the merits of the woman and wanted to show his gratitude toward her; however, she was no longer alive. In remembrance of her gratitude, the king appointed her the Wet nurse, and at the same time allocated excellent builders to construct the palace in Hue and skilled builders in Khanh Hoa to go to My Hiep village to build her mausoleum.

Wet Nurse Mausoleum was built in two years, and in 1804 it was completed. The mausoleum is built on high earth mound towards the field, had a large and solemn space; feng shui elements are combined and processed in harmony with the surrounding space. The tomb is built in the shape of a nation-meaning letter, facing southeast direction and has a large rectangular lotus pond built with sand lime, three layers of wall by lime, sand and brick. The outer wall is 20m long, 14m wide, 1.5m high, forming a enclosed campus, with small entrance, two lions covered with lime and sand and colored with pink standing in the two sides, which are very beautiful.

The inner walls covering the tomb area are 12m long, 0.9m wide, 1.2m high with the shape of arch. There are two unicorns which are designed quite sophisticatedly, standing in the two sides of the door.

Wet Nurse Mausoleum is considered an architectural relic of Vietnam.

Because she had no children, the king provided the residents with a large plot of land for plowing and not paying taxes to make fund for the worship. It is said that the anniversary of her death is on December 16th (lunar calender) every year.

                                                                                        


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