Vietnam's City of Ghosts, where the dead live in style

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The spectacular tombs of Vietnam's former emperors are a well-trodden stop on the tourist circuit in UNESCO-listed Hue, the country's capital for some 140 years starting in 1802.
But in nearby An Bang village, local fishermen are taking the tomb tradition into the 21st century.
Families in the rural community are pouring up to $70,000 into elaborate final resting places for their kin -- an astronomical cost in a country were the annual per capita income is $2,000.
 A buffalo-pulled cart moves past large tombs at the cemetery in An Bang village on the outskirts of the central city of Hue. Photos: AFP/Hoang Dinh Nam
 A Buddhist family tomb (L) and a Catholic family tomb (R) at the cemetery in An Bang on December 2, 2015. 
 Workers decorate a family tomb at the cemetery in An Bang on December 2, 2015.
 Family tombs at the cemetery in An Bang on December 2, 2015. 
 Family tombs at the cemetery in An Bang on December 2, 2015. 
 Another family tomb at the cemetery
Family tombs at the cemetery in An Bang on December 2, 2015 
 A motorcyclist looks at a large tomb at the cemetery in An Bang on December 2, 2015. 
 Workers decorate a family tomb at the cemetery in An Bang on December 2, 2015. 
 Workers decorate a family tomb at the cemetery in An Bang on December 2, 2015. 
A worker builds a grave at the cemetery in An Bang on December 2, 2015.  
 A worker builds a US$40,000 family tomb at the cemetery in An Bang on December 2, 2015. 
 A worker builds a US$40,000 family tomb at the cemetery in An Bang on December 2, 2015. 
 A worker builds a US$40,000 family tomb at the cemetery in An Bang on December 2, 2015. 
 Men ride a motorcycle past a family's home located next to the cemetery in An Bang on December 2, 2015.

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