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December 25, 2012
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Ong Ich Khiem Tomb in Danang city, Vietnam

Location: Ong Ich Khiem Tomb is located in Hoa Tho’s Cemetery, Hoa Vang District, Da Nang, about 10km southwestwards from the city’s center.

Characteristic: Ong Ich Khiem Tomb was renowned as a national historical relic by Ministry of Culture and Information on the 12th July 2001.

Ong Ich Khiem, his courtesy name of Muc Chi, was born on the 21st December of Mau Ty year (1829) at Phong Le Village, Thanh Quyt Ward, Dien Ban District, Quang Nam Province (now called Phong Le Bac Village, Hoa Tho Commune, Hoa Vang District).

After passing bachelor examination in the Thieu Tri’s reign (1847), he became a mandarin Tu Duc’s reign. Honest and smart are what he was renowned for. Also, he was a gifted and tactical general. On the 1st September 1858, when French colonists began to attack and invade the territory, he was influential in leading troops to defend Da Nang City. Under Nguyen Tri Phuong’s control, he combined many bases such as Nhat base in Hai Van pass, Lien Tri, Phong Le bases and deep-seated from Hai Chau to Phuoc Ninh. After he died on the July 19th, 1884 in Binh Thuan Province, his body was brought and buried in his hometown Phong Le Village and then to Go Mo by his son Ong Ich Thien.

The tomb, built in octagonal shape, is 13.8m long, 6.1m wide and surrounded by 0.72m high walls. The grave is 4.75m long, 3.5m wide and 0.35m high. These words: “Hoang Trieu – Hien to Binh bo ta thi lang, tan phong Kien trung Nam linh mo. Bao Dai thap tam nien, tu nguyet, kiet nhat” were carved on a 0.83m high and 0.54m large granite stele with dragon, phoenix and flora designs.

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