Da Lat’s King Palace No.1 reopens for visitors after one year of upgrades

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Da Lat’s King Palace No.1 reopens for visitors after one year of upgrades
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NDO – The Kings Palace No. 1, a French-style architectural villa formerly belonging to King Bao Dai – the last king of Vietnam’s feudal court, reopened for visitors on September 19 after one-year of its first phase of renovations.

The upgrade of the Palace, which has been divided into two phases, has been invested in by Hoan Cau Da Lat company, an affiliate of Hoan Cau Group, at a total cost of VND700 billion (US$32.6 million).

Under the first phase of the project, which started in November 2014, VND 100 million was spent to renovate sections inside and outside of the Palace.

In the second phase, the investor will fund VND 600 million to build new amenities including 27 villas, a 500-800 seat restaurant-conference area, and a hotel consisting of up to 200 rooms.

Covering a total area of approximately 18 hectares located amongst romantic hills surrounded by pine forests, Bao Dai Palace No. 1 was built by Robert Clément Bourgery, a wealthy French officer, in the 1940’s.

Later in 1949, Bao Dai bought the villa and renovated it into a headquarters and workplace for his officials until 1955. From 1956, under the Ngo Dinh Diem administration, the Palace served as a private Presidential residence. It was later used as a place of retreat for heads of state of the Saigon regime.

After 1975, the Palace was transferred to local enterprises for tourism purposes.

To mark the occasion of the upgrades, tourists visiting the palace can enjoy free admittance during September and 50% off ticket prices during October.

In addition to the Palace No.1, the Central Highlands city of Da Lat is also home to Palaces No.2 and 3, both of which belonged to King Bao Dai. The three constructions are all major tourist attractions of the city thanks to their impressive architecture as well as their cultural and historical value.