Explore the H'mong King's Palace In Ha Giang

Located in Sa Phin Valley, 10 hours north of Hanoi, the palace was the seat of H’mong kings Vuong Chinh Duc and Vuong Chi Thanh, who ruled over the region during the French colonial era up until Vietnam regained independence in 1945.

It built in 1919 and completed in 1928. The entire mansion has an area of nearly 3,000 square meters. Vuong Family castle is the delicate combination between Chinese and Hmong traditional architecture using materials from Yunnan(China) and local ones, such as limestone, iron-wood and double tiles

Legend has it that the king who built the palace first consulteds a Chinese feng shui master to decide on alocation for the structure. The site in the Sa Phin Valley was supposedly chosen as the terrain resembled a turtle shell, the turle representing a long life and wealth in local lore

This mansion is nearly 100 years old, cost 150,000 Indochina silver coins equivalent to VND150 billion (USD 6.61 million). Duc earned his fortune from growing and trading opium

Covering a total area of 1,120 square meters with 64 different rooms including living room, office, bedroom, family member’s room, kitchen, opium storage…

 The mansion has three stilted houses. The main house faces the gate, two houses parallel and perpendicular to the main house. All stilted houses were made of wood. The main house is the place of Vuong Chinh Duc, the other houses for soldiers who server and protect the mansion. Apart from the main area, the mansion also was designed living room, pool…

 All the walls are 50-60 centimeters thick. Surrounding it is stone barrier which is 2 meters high and 80 centimeters thick. The palace is divided into many areas such as dining room, bed room, kitchen, marijuana store, rooms of his wives, a prayer altar and an area for criminal executions

Today, the mansion has been classified by the State as the national architectural relic, primarily to serve tourists to visit and learn more about history

 

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