Overview of palace 1 in Dalat
This palace has been a large one in Tran Quang Dieu street, ward 10, Dalat city. It is 4km far from the city center to ter southeast. It is located on a 1,550-meter hill with full of pine trees. Its total area is about 60ha with the average slope of 500. It used to be a villa of a French millionaire who was also an official – Robert Clément Bourgery. He had been the boss of electricity factory in Shanghai. The palace was built before 1940s in the middle of the pine tree forest.
After that, in 1949, King Bao Dai bought it in August 1949 and renewed it. Since then, it has become a general headquarters and an office for his subordinate officers. Until 1956, Mr. Ngo Dinh Diem used it as a private palace for President. It wad upgraded with tunnel and some more working rooms for his subordinate officers. The tunnel was also the emergency exit which opened a small heliport.
Palace 1 is one of the original architecture products of Dalat which expresses the new-classis style of the Europe.
Source: Book about Vestiges and landscapes of Lamdong province.