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Vuong Palace

Amidst the mountainous landscape, the Vuong Palace or King Meo Palace also call H’Mong King palace appears with ancient beauty and unique architecture, a destination not to be missed during a trip to explore Ha Giang, Vietnam. Coming to this mansion, visitors will be overwhelmed by the grandeur of the building as well as understand more about the history of King Meo Vuong Chinh Duc. In particular, this place also has unique “Virtual living” corners, which are favorite photography spots for young people.

Let’s explore the mansion with Origin Vietnam and gain these useful travel experiences for yourself.

1. Where is the Vuong family’ palace?

Meo King’s Palace, also known as the Vuong family’s palace. It’s located in the valley of Xa Phin commune, Dong Van district, Ha Giang province, Vietnam. From Dong Van town, just traveling about 24km tourists can reach the mansion or 1 hr 26 min from Meo Vac center. It’s once the most powerful place in this land of the Fatherland.

2. How is Vuong Family Palace unique?

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2.1. What is special about the palace’s design?

King Meo’s palace is located at the foot of a valley surrounded by high land. With this type of terrain, the entire structure is protected by mountain arcs called turtle shell positions, providing very good defense support during times of fierce war. After more than a hundred years of existence, everything in the mansion is still as intact as the first day, creating excitement for everyone who comes here to check prices at least once in their life.

The architecture inside the mansion is extremely unique, the crystallization of three different cultures including the Mong, French and Chinese. The project includes 4 horizontal houses, 6 vertical houses divided into 3 areas: front palace (for guards and slaves), middle palace and rear palace (place to live and work) with 64 small rooms divided into 2 floors. .

In order to meet the criteria of solidity, the builders used green stone to help the mansion stand firm against enemies and time. The roofs, walls and pillars are made of wood to add majesty and flexibility to the rooms. Another material used is terracotta for building tile roofs to make shapping easier but no less sturdy. To this day, the H’Mong King Palace is one of the few buildings that meets all the requirements for a place to live, work and become a defense base whenever a war occurs.

Despite the combination of three cultures in architecture, many people commented that the Vuong family mansion is extremely harmonious, flexible and rhythmic as if forming a unified block without being restrictive or forced. In addition, although it is a project built on a land area of up to 3,000 square meters, the mansion is not as large or massive as many people imagine because it is composed of small subdivisions, with a simple, rusticity of folk architectural culture. The design with the principle of low inside and high outside makes the overall mansion even closer to the surrounding landscape.

2.2. Furniture and appliances in the palace

In general, most of the furniture and items associated with Meo King when he was alive have been kept and well preserved until today. Only a few chairs and wooden furniture were made of stone pine, which was later replaced by our government with ironwood and crushed wood to prevent it from gradually disappearing over time. Wooden structures carry a rich local cultural identity by carving native flower patterns such as peaches, poppies…

The stone pillars of the house are crafted to resemble the fruit of the opium poppy plant, the type of plant that the Meo King traded to make money to build the palace. Some Western-influenced items in this project include a stone goat milk bathtub, glass shutters next to the fireplace, and the entrance is made of marble connected by a frame. Iron flowers are bold in French architecture.

3. Anecdotes related to the Meo King’s Palace (Vuong Family’s Palace)

Existing with the unique architecture of the Meo King’ Palace are surrounding stories that have been passed down from the time it was built until later.

Legend has it that the original residence of King Meo Vuong Duc Chinh was in a high mountain foot next to a large canyon. With a subordinate’s suggestion that the place did not conform to feng shui. The Vuong family listened and found a teacher who understood astronomy. Especially geography to quickly find a place with both favorable terrain and good feng shui. He sent soldiers to China to invite Truong Chieu, a man who was good at reading physiognomy to build houses. Also to come find a location to build a mansion. After a period of careful consideration, he chose Sa Phin as the new residence for the Meo King. Ruong Chieu asserted that a turtle-shaped hill surrounds Sa Phin valley and building on the turtle’s back will bring wealth and prosperity. And is also the land where heroes gather.

Another mysterious anecdote related to the Meo King’s Palace is that during the time of Vuong Chi Sinh’s son. The entire Vuong family was bewitched by a Han feng shui master, to the point that there was almost no one to continue the family line. Accordingly, when the Meo King was alive, he suffered from back pain and tried many miracle doctors and four-way remedies without success. A Han teacher said that his father’s grave was buried on the back of a dragon, which was a sin, so his superiors reprimanded him. Believing the words, the Meo King moved the tomb to another location. Not expecting that the Han people would play bad tricks and make up stories to harm him. Because of breaking the taboo, the Meo King’s first wives were unable to have children. Only the fourth wife gave birth to a son, named Vuong Duy Tho.

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4. When is the best time to visit the Vuong family’s palace?

When traveling to the Vuong family’s palace in particular and Dong Van – Ha Giang in general, each season has a different unique beauty, you can visit in any season. However, according to our experience, the ideal time to visit the Vuong Palace is from September to April of the following year.

The best time to explore the Vuong Family Palace is in the spring. At this time, mustard flowers dress the entire gray rock area in bright yellow, while peach blossoms and plum blossoms adorn it with their red and pure white hues, and the trees are budding.

Moreover, when you go in the fall from September to October, you also have the opportunity to admire the golden terraced fields, stretching endlessly.

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5. How to get to the Vuong Family’s Palace from Hanoi?

Departing from Hanoi, visitors will have to travel to Ha Giang first by one of the following means of transport:

5.1. By motorcycle or personal car

The capital Hanoi is about 300 km from Ha Giang, along the way there are many narrow turns and steep slopes. The travel time between the two locations is 5 – 6 hours, requiring the driver to have a steady steering wheel.

5.2. By passenger cars

Tourists who want to travel to Ha Giang can choose a bus as a means of transportation to ensure safety. You can catch the bus from Hanoi to Ha Giang starting at My Dinh bus station. To save time, visitors should choose night buses so they can arrive in Ha Giang early in the morning to join the journey to explore this beautiful land.

5.3 By plane

Tourists in the Central or Southern region of Vietnam who want to go to Ha Giang and visit King Meo Palace need to take a flight to Hanoi first, then choose a car, motorbike or bus to continue following the instructions above. .

5.4. How to travel from Ha Giang City to Meo King’s Palace?

Meo King’s palace is located in the Dong Van Stone Plateau area, you can find more information on the Google Maps application. Starting from the center of Ha Giang city, follow the route Quan Ba Heaven Gate – Yen Minh Pine Forest, the next destination is the palace.

Motorbikes are the means of transportation chosen by many tourists to get to this location. You can rent them right in Ha Giang city.

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6. Accommodation when traveling to the Vuong family’s palace

Visitors to Meo King’s palace can stay at hotels in Dong Van town. The types of resorts here are quite diverse, including hotels, motels, guest houses and homestays, room prices range from a few hundred thousand to a few million VND depending on the time. Below are some accommodation facilities that you can refer to the best hotels as below:

6.1 Hotels

  • Hoang Ngoc Hotel. Address: Dong Van Town, Dong Van, Ha Giang.
  • Lam Tung Hotel. Address: Group 3, Dong Van Town, Dong Van, Ha Giang.
  • Tam Giac Mach Hotel. Address: Group 7, Dong Van Town, Dong Van, Ha Giang.

6.2 Guest Houses

  • Huyen Tram Guesthouse. Address: Dong Van Town, Dong Van, Ha Giang.
  • Minh Duoc Guest House. Address: Dong Van Town, Dong Van, Ha Giang.
  • Tuan Cuong Guesthouse. Address: House number 76 Group 7, Dong Van Town, Dong Van, Ha Giang.
  • Binh Minh Hostel. Address: Group 2, Dong Van Town, Dong Van, Ha Giang.
  • Ancient Town. Address: No. 29 Group 3, Dong Van Town, Dong Van, Ha Giang.

6.3 Homestays

  • Lam Giang Homestay Dong Van. Address: Tran Phu, Dong Van Town, Dong Van, Ha Giang.
  • A Sung Homestay. Address: House number 81 Group 2, Dong Van Town, Dong Van, Ha Giang.
  • Homie Homestay. Address: Lung Cu, Dong Van, Ha Giang.
  • Homestay Hoi Liem. Address: House number 22, Group 4, Dong Van Town, Dong Van, Ha Giang.
  • Sister’s Homestay. Address: Lo Lo Chai, Lung Cu, Dong Van, Ha Giang.

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7. Some attractive tourist sites near the Meo King’s palace

There are many famous tourist attractions around the King Meo Palace, visitors can combine these attractions together.

7.1. Sa Phin market

Sa Phin market is located opposite the mansion, much more vibrant and bustling than Dong Van market. Like many other markets in Ha Giang, Sa Phin is a delayed market – this week’s market will be delayed 1 day compared to the previous week. Coming to Sa Phin market, visitors can buy souvenirs and enjoy local specialties. Such as Au Tau porridge, buckwheat cakes, corn wine…

7.2. Yen Minh pine forest

Yen Minh pine forest is located right on the road to the mansion, possessing a peaceful and poetic scene just like a mountain girl. Along the winding road are vast pine forests, stretching for dozens of kilometers. From Yen Minh pine forest, visitors can also admire the simple villages of the H’mong people.

7.3. Buckwheat flower field

Located not far from the Vuong Family’s Palace are immense fields of buckwheat flowers. To fully see the beauty of this flower, visitors should go around October every year. In particular, this is also the dream “virtual living” background of every photography enthusiast when traveling to Ha Giang.

7.4. Dong Van Plateau

Dong Van Stone Plateau is a special limestone area, containing many typical traces of the history and culture of the indigenous community. Cat-eared rocky mountains, often referred to as ‘gray paradise,’ cover the entire rocky plateau.

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8. Must-try specialties when visiting the Vuong Family’s Palace

Come to Dong Van ancient town, don’t forget to sit at a small shop along the road to sip some specialties of this place. If you are lucky enough to come here during the festival seasons, or on the weekends. You will have the opportunity to eat all the typical highland dishes. They are Thang Co, corn wine, Au Tau rice soup, egg rolls, five-color sticky rice, smoked buffalo meat, Bac Me blue rice, etc. In particular, Dong Van Ha Giang ancient town at night also sells many fast foods.

9. Some important notes when visiting the Vuong family’s palace

  • The road to the mansion has many curves, uphill and downhill, visitors should choose a driver with a strong steering wheel.
  • Check the vehicle carefully before leaving, choose a healthy motorbike and prepare repair equipment.
  • Bring identification, protective clothing, shoes and helmet.
  • You should bring a jacket and raincoat if going in the rainy season.
  • You should ask permission from local people before taking photos of them.
  • Do not arbitrarily touch artifacts, change the status quo or damage buildings in the mansion.

Not only famous for its beautiful natural scenery. But Ha Giang also captivates tourists from all over with its unique architectural works. Meo King’s Palace will be an ideal stop for those who love history and want to learn more about the culture of ethnic minorities.

It’s Great For

  • Photographer, natural lover, small group tour, private tour and solo traveler

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