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King Bao Dai’s Palace in Dalat –Lam Dong Province

“ Dinh 3” or King Bao Dai’s Palace is most famous beauty, located on Trieu Viet Vuong Street, Da Lat in Lam Dong Province, is a charming structure with a European renovated architectural style . It was built from 1933 to 1938 according to a design by a French architect and Vietnamese architect Huynh Tan Phat.

King Bao Dai’s Palace is used to the tourist sighseeing in Vietnam, Nowaday. The Palace where Bao Dai King work and rest in the time on being a last Emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945) in Vietnam’s feudal regime. The villa has a French style architecture, scattered at the count of Vietnam as Do Son- Hai Phong City, Lak Lake – Lam Dong Province ( Buon Me Thuot), Cau Da Villa – Nha Trang City, Bach Dinh ( White Palace) – Vung Tau City, Bao Dai Palace I,II,III- Dalat city 

The Bao Dai’s Palace has been evaluated as one of the most beautiful architectural works in Da Lat with a hamorny between pine forests and parks, Thuong Uyen (Royal garden), Ai An Forest and a small lake. During his reign, King Bao Dai used the palace as holiday house during the summer.

 

     Bao Dai’s Palace was designed with 25 rooms with a system of well-disposed flat roofs. After entering the main gate is the great hall with eaves to shade the car park. The ground floor was used for parties and meetings with foreign guests and government officials. The palace also includes working rooms, King Bao Dai’s office, a library, rooms for entertainment and a large dining room. The working room was designed with small architectural miniatures to create a hamonious combination between the living space inside and nature outside through doors and steel framed windows.  The first floor of the palace was used as the private space of the royal family with bedrooms of King Bao Dai and his wife, Queen Nam Phuong, and their three daughters and two sons.

 

Near the bedroom of the king stands a beautiful tower called Vong Nguyet (waiting for the moon). The bedroom of Prince Bao Long who was selected to ascend the throne was painted yellow and all decorations have the same colour.

At present, in the reception room many precious objects of King Bao Dai are displayed, including a painting on Angkor Wat presented by Cambodian King Shihanouk, and three tiger skins and an elephant’s tusk hunted by himself.

Outside, to the right of the main gate and in the back of the palace are small parks with a style often seen in French palaces. Around the palace are small paths shaded by pipe trees.

When visiting the palace, tourists will feel the solemn, close and warm space of the palace where imprints of a historical character, the last king of the feudal regime that existed for over thousands of years in Vietnam, are preserved.

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