Situated in downtown of Bac Ha, Hoang A Tuong palace is apparently the most visit place in Sapa due to its meaningful value to history of the area as a vestige and even a historical witness. In fact, once tourists come to this place you will know for sure why it rise in popularity over many touristic spots in this mountainous region.
Up to Bac Ha, it’s easy to see such an exotic architecture which stand out to be the highlight of the center of the remote village. From the very first sight, people will be impressed by its unique style combined oriental and occidental art. Over 100 years, this building covered in moss still stands beautifully in the middle of the majestic nature.
If you are curious about what make this yellow castle special, it has to be the question about the past, about what life in wartime. It’s absolutely not something nice to hear but a step back into history that will broaden your mind.
In 1945, Vietnam, specifically Bac Ha was still a semi-feudal colony social which is one of the worst things Vietnamese history. Talking about that people thinking about ruling glass and oppressed class, the nightmare of the residents in the nation-wide and even the whole Indochina.
Then do you have any clue to this building? If you guess the artifact of the exploitation, you’re right. Under the protection of French colony, the couple father-son, Hoang Yen Chao and Hoang A Tuong were free to make people’s life hell by demanding for money and precious gifts, monopolizing many salt, drug and necessaries…
Hoang A Tuong hailed himself as king and order people build for his sake a castle. Due to spread reputation and show the richness, he was supposed to make it the biggest the most admirable one with unique design though the limit in terms of resources. And definitely it was really a nightmare for poor farmers.
In reality, you have to admit that it’s not exaggeration to compare this palace to a work of art when learning about the amazing product of art of building and geomancy, the quintessence of Asian and French beauty. It sounds unbelievable to believe and impossible to imagine but absolutely true.
Sitting on a big valley, Hoang A Tuong palace situate on such a golden place, the front is a poetic stream while the back and the sides are breathtaking mountains and dense forest. Moreover, by taking a look closer, tourists can easily admire the fine decorations on the wall and in the interior.
This house is used to be the most powerful places in this highlands and now the most magnetic destination because of not only the rich history but many tales. Everyone who visited this ancient palace can tell you about how mysterious the ambiance it is when standing in the heart of such a place. Let’s come and explore what it like!