Eternal Mandarins

One of the sights that make Hue famous is the imperial tombs. Each emperor has an elaborate park-like building complex with everything needed for the emperor’s “forever life.” One thing they all seemed to need is their mandarins who seemed to be the senior civil servants. At the entrance to each tomb we have visited, there are rows of mandarin statues on the left and right of the entry courts awaiting their late emperor’s commands.