Da Lat’s Palace 1 officially opens to the public

The Palace 1 (Bao Dai Palace 1) in the central highlands city of Da Lat has been officially re-opened to the public after halting operations for upgrades.

The old French style architecture  covers on an area of 18 hectares on a 1,550-meter hill full of pine trees in Tran Quang Dieu Street. . It was formerly a villa of a French millionaire who was also an official Robert Clément Bourgery. The palace was built before the 1940s in the middle of the pine tree forest.

It became  King Bao Dai’s general headquarters and office from 1949-1955.

The palace also has an emergency exit which opened a small heliport, and a tunnel leading to the Palace 2 located between Tran Hung Dao and Khoi Nghia Bac Son streets.

Visitors will receive a free admission in September and a discount of 50 percent on entrance fee in October.

By Nam Vien – Translated by Kim Khanh

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