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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 24 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

We went to Bao Dai's Palace and first impressions are not great as very run down and doesn't fit the place description however make sure you go inside.... They have a dress up room where for 20.000VND you can dress up as a king or queen which is hilarious- take your own photos as they charge for theirs. Other than... More

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95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

If you are into history this is the place to go. While I was on the premises I did some research on bao dai. It made it even better. What amazes me is that all of the artifacts seemed real. Why this place wasn't destroyed after the eviction of Bao Dai still intrigues me. I probably have to read a... More

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Taipei, Taiwan
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Fun place to imagine yourself as a last emperor... the living room was great. It could take better maintaining. Still we loved the calm and the surrounding. worth a visit even if it is not that great, it is fun.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Children and adults will all enjoy the palace visit. One of the delights is dressing up in old-style imperial clothing, although the fashions pre-date Bao Dai by many generations, and authenticity is questionable, it's fun. Please consider the historical significance of Bao Dai and his family through the house, grounds, and artifacts.

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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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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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290 helpful votes 290 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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142 helpful votes 142 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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245 reviews 245 reviews
142 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 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
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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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