Discovering the unique features of Palace 1 Da Lat

Apr 30th 2016.

Palace 1 Da Lat – about 4km from the city center – is located on a wind swept high hill surrounded by immense, romantic pine trees. Palace 1, Da Lat is considered one of the unique architectural buildings deeply marking the neo-classical European style, both magnificent,  ancient and attractive that stirs human heart.

Palace 1 Da Lat

Palace 1 Da Lat

From the center of Da Lat, crossing Tran Quoc Toan – Ho Tung Mau – Tran Hung Dao then Tran Quang Dieu the street that leads you to Palace Da Lat.  Palace I was built since 1940 by a French millionaire named Robert Clément Bourgery.  After the French returned to power and established the royal autonomous region,  Emperor Bao Dai had used it as headquarters and working place of officials under his authority.  After President Ngo Dinh Diem’s tenure,  the Palace was still used as a retreat of other heads of state of the old regime until 1975.  After years fallen into oblivion,  recently,  Palace I Da Lat resort was restored,  embellished and put into operation by Hoan Cau Da Lat Joint-Stock Company.  Skirting the entrance is the line of old trees casting its shade,  adorned with many flowers typical of the city of fog,  and has created a wonderful feeling,  difficult to describe if you once set foot here.  Nguyen Thi Ngan a tourist from Ho Chi Minh city said: “For many years I have just heard about the scenery of Palace I,  presently l see with my own eyes this work,  the path leading to Palace I is quite picturesque”.  With the architecture deeply bearing European Architecture style,  going to Palace l,  in addition to being immersed n the romantic,  natural scenery,  tourists can also discover the life and workplace of King Bao Dai inside the palace.  If the main hall is where officials waited to be received by the king,  the left part of the hall is where royal guests were received,  then he right part of the hall is the room of officials.

Welcome Palace 1

Welcome Palace 1

Garden of Palace 1

Garden of Palace 1

Next to Queen Nam Phuong’s room is the working office and relaxation of King Bao Dai and opposite is King Bao Dai’s bedroom.  A special feature of this palace is the secret tunnel system.  With design from the higher floor of the Palace,  with staircases going down to the working office,  the living room to the backyard to reach the heliport,  the tunnel was built by Ngo Dinh Diem when he became President in 1956 and used as exit,  leading to the heliport.  Behind the building is a garage to keep King Bao Dai’s cars;  the garden with path leading the forest for hunting having rest stop with a system of fountains,  natural pool has made up of a beautiful,  luxurious and complete complex Below the hill is the tunnel entrance leading to the small heliport a unique architecture that not everyone knows.  Nguyen Minh Tan a tourist from Tien Giang province said: “Palace I is indeed a beautiful architectural work,  so far l’ve just sightseen,  but I also learn many interesting and useful things about the working place of King Bao Dai –  the last king of Vietnam feudal dynasties.

By Tuyet Ngoc

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