Hoang A Tuong's Castle
Hoang A Tuong's Castle
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KianHian L
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,295 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Another well preserved historical attraction in Bac Ha, about 1.5km from town square. A century old family mansion. Own by an ethnic Tay family, Hoang Yen Tchao. During his reign from 1905 – 1953 with his strong connection with the French he has accumulated a most of the land this area and being very wealth and he built this mansion with the artisans from China. The mansion was built on a very well selected piece of land base on the Chinese geomancy (Feng – Shui) call “White Highland”. Seated facing southeast, both sides protected by mountain and a spring flowing in front. The construction start in 1914 and completed in 1921 with the mixed of European and Chinese architecture with 36 rooms. Two stairs on both side leading to the main entrance to the waiting room, than to an open courtyard where ceremonial function were held. Opposite is the main entrance after the courtyard is the main hall where Hoang Yen Tchao rule and conduct business meeting and receive visitors. On the both side of the two storey were two rows of rooms for his three wives, Hoang A Tuong’s two wives and the guest rooms. In all it consist of 36 rooms. Behind the building are another stairs leading to a two storey building with rooms use for servant, soldier and warehouse. There was a secret escape tunnel far back behind the building which was closed to visitor. Some of the rooms has been use as art gallery, ethnic weaving, rice wine brewing and souvenir stalls for tourist.
The family lived in this mansion until 1950, and after which it was deserted. The mansion was call Hoang A Tuong Palace Castle by Department of Culture Sports And Tourism, Loa Cai Province. It is the the name of one of his two son whom was by his father handle all the family businesses as so he is very popular in the community, hence the palace was call after his name and had become another tourist attraction of Bac Ha other than Sunday market and the trekking tours.
Entrance fee is VND20, 000 per person.
Written December 24, 2019
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AllisonD1968
Nowra, Australia39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
Definitely a work in progress, fabulous photos and a detailed history of the original owners. Furniture and other period items would boost the experience and show case the time when the castle was inhabited.
Written April 18, 2019
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Poss_the_Explorer
Brisbane, Australia162 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Couples
This place is also known as the Hmong Kings Palace. It is located on the outskirts of Bac Ha, about 5 min drive from the city centre. It was built around the 1920s and is a good example of early French colonial architecture. It seems to be free - we didnt have to pay. Informative signs etc describe the history of the building and the Hmong King who lived here. Great photo opportunity and nice views over the town from the top floor. Its still being restored so some parts are 'work in progress'. Handicraft activities and shops on the ground floor. Overall, a very interesting place to visit for an hour or so if you want to see something different.
Written February 28, 2017
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Richard Hyde
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
It could be a major attraction but frankly the state of disrepair and the empty rooms made our visit a major disappointment. The roses in the gardens are nice. Not really worth the 20,000 VND entry charge.
Written March 19, 2020
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Adrian540
London, UK118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Definitely worth a visit - allow a good hour. There are decent, interesting gift shops attached with local crafts and produce (plus we stumbled upon corn wine making out the back!). It is mystifying, though, that for all the information they give you on Hoang A Tuong, they don't tell you what happened to him and his family after Communism was imposed.
Written September 11, 2022
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Michael P
Bangkok, Thailand7,160 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Besides the market and local villages, Bac Ha has one other tourist attraction. Completed in 1921 the Hoang A Tuong Palace, also known as the Bac Ha or Hmong King Palace, is the former home of a wealthy landowner from the Tay ethnic group named Hoang Yen Chao. Supported by the French colonial government the Hoang family owned the majority of the areas fertile land and had trade monopolies on virtually everything. Like much of the colonial era architecture found in Southeast Asia the palace, now a museum is a fusion of eastern and western design.

The museum features a nice collection of vintage photographs with English language descriptions which tell the story of the King, his family, the local minority people, and the palace. Well worth a visit to learn more about the district and its inhabitants.

Written December 28, 2019
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Roland B
Zurich, Switzerland1,808 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
this palace saw better times, but it still is a nice building, and the exhibition inside with historic photos and explanations about Bac Ha is definitely worth the 20K entrance fee.
Written December 3, 2019
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kim buay p
Singapore, Singapore12,908 contributions
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Sep 2018 • Friends
This site of this building has good feng shui and it is run-down. However one can do a horse ride on the ground. The horse is quite small and looks very well looked after. There are also notice boards describing the history of the palace. Entrance fee is 40 VND each.
Written September 6, 2018
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blackeaglejim
Chiang Mai, Thailand289 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Friends
This colonial era building is the only true historical monument in Bẵc Hà. Constructed 1914-21 for a Tày chieftain the French appointed to rule over the Hmông-dominated district, it stands on a small hill at the edge of the city and covers an area of 4000 square meters. It was also fortified originally with bunkers and battlements. Designed as a deliberate fusion of French and Chinese styles, the compound is two stories high surrounding an interior courtyard. The lower floor housed the palace guards in the wings and had a reception room in the central block. Guest rooms, staff accommodation and the lord’s private rooms were upstairs. Very little remains of the original furniture, but the upper rooms have portraits of former times. You can also walk around the upper story and get nice views of the city and the nearby lake.
Hoàng Yến Chao, the Tày ruler, was a harsh and unpopular autocrat who fled as soon as the Việt Minh came close to Bắc Hả. The palace slowly fell into ruin until renovated in 2006. The ground floor now has shops selling the work of local artists as well as Hmông handicrafts, with a weaver ready to demonstrate how she uses a loom. Even those with no interest in the local arts, the palace is still worth a visit for its architectural beauty as well as insights into colonial rule in Vietnam.
Written May 9, 2018
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sunnynorth2018
Montreal, Canada19 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Family
The visit of this old French built house is part of our day tour from Sapa. This might be the largest brick house in this area but not really a "castle" by any means! Not worth the stop!
Written April 13, 2018
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