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Bao Dai's Palace

Trieu Viet Vuong street, near by Crazy house, Dalat 61000, Vietnam
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Ranked #15 of 22 attractions in Dalat
Type: Historic Sites
Description: Preserved almost intact, this is the most popular of the three Bao Dai palaces in town; Bao Dai was ousted by Ho Chi Minh in 1945.
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This place is pretty dark and quiet. I wouldn't use the word "peaceful". Everything is clean to spotless, but it gave me a creepy feeling and I don't know why. Probably cos the dimmed lights. There's a place for cosplay where you can dress as king and queen and that was the most interesting part.

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Bao Dai’s house, is Indochina Architecture at the best, need some love, perhaps some of the rent coming from the endless shops of useless stuff might be used ? The exit is made in a way that even Ikea layout look like beginner stuff, shop after shop after shop all selling the same forces you to go around the parking... More

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Bathurst, Australia
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423 reviews 423 reviews
293 attraction reviews
261 helpful votes 261 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Pleasant and elegant, but surprisingly modest for a royal palace. Worth a look, but avoid the cheesy photographers.

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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175 reviews 175 reviews
84 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

If these walls could talk. The Deco-style home is fantastic. The grounds are well cared for and delightful to walk around. Touring the house (left as if Bao Dai would return later in the day) was like taking a trip back in time - furniture, photos, fixtures, etc. and it had that old, musty smell as well. Lots of good... More

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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238 reviews 238 reviews
135 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

We expected a king's summer palace to be excessively elegant but this summer palace fell short of our expectations in terms of the size of the building, architecture and contents. Everything looks ordinary. This place is too modest for a summer palace of a former king. Nevertheless, it is well visited by tourists and locals. Photography is a serious and... More

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Dalat, Vietnam
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

I like to visit this place as the last Royal Nguyen Dynasty.However this Royal Palace should be remodeled and painted as WELL. It should be broadcasted on TV. So that tourists may know. Mr. Phillip Phan ba Phuoc.

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Lillestrom, Norway
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Well visited and nothing much to see. It is nice to know the story around this family when visiting this place. Beware the photographers who charade 10000 D of a picture taken in front of the Vespa or the car. Use your own camera to avoid the surprise of having to pay for 10 pics even if you only wanted... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

The third of the palaces in Da Lat, this is where the last king lived before he moved out of the country. Apparently he was a bad king, ruling for the benefits of his friends rather than the country, but he was a good father. There is a room where he would spend time every evening with his kids, telling... More

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Bangkok
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

From outside it did not look like a palace but once inside it was amazing how the Emperor knows how to live simply with his family with exact furniture for himself, the Empress and the 5 children. The Crown price was the only one allowed to dine with both of them while the other 4 has to dine by themselves.... More

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Florida
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74 reviews 74 reviews
21 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

If you are expecting a palace then don't go because this is a 10,000 sq ft house located on a hilltop overlooking DaLat. It sits in a parklike setting with nice gardens and beautiful flowers. The house itself is a "modern" 1930's house painted in a fading soft yellow which to me adds some charm to the style. The interior... More

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