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Bao Dai Palace

Da Lat is famous as Vietnam’s vacation paradise. In addition to romantic and poetic tourist destinations, Da Lat is also famous for many unique architectural works imbued with history. Among them, the most typical is probably Bao Dai Palace. This place is a historical testament relating with the last king of the Nguyen Dynasty. Let’s explore with Origin Vietnam where King Bao Dai worked and lived.

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1. Where is Bao Dai Palace?

With the feats and talents of the French, Bao Dai Palace has bold Western architecture. There are a total of 3 Palaces in Da Lat. Among them, Palace III is the place that attracts the most tourists because this is the main living place of King Bao Dai.

  • Bao Dai Palace 1. Address: 1 Tran Quang Dieu, Ward 10, Da Lat City, Lam Dong.
  • Bao Dai Palace 2. Address: 12 Tran Hung Dao, Ward 10, Da Lat City, Lam Dong.
  • And the 3rd Palace. Address: 1 Trieu Viet Vuong, Ward 4, Da Lat City, Lam Dong.

2. When is the best time to visit Bao Dai Palaces in Da Lat?

Dalat’s climate is cool and temperate all year round. But to make your trip smooth and convenient, you should regularly update the weather situation in Da Lat before departure.

Tourists should arrange to come to Bao Dai Palace in Dalat from November to April for convenience in sightseeing activities. Because during this time the weather is cool and dry, very suitable for tourists to move, explore and save beautiful images.

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3. How to get to Bao Dai Palaces in Da Lat?

To have time for a trip to many attractions, you need to learn in advance how to get to Dinh Bao Dai Dalat in the fastest and most time-saving way. You can choose taxis, private cars, self-driving motorbikes, bicycles,…

Besides, at the hotel you are staying at, there is a motorbike rental service or you can ask the hotel receptionist to help you rent a motorbike or call a taxi for you.

Da Lat has many reputable taxi companies to take you and your family to safety. Some popular taxi companies here include Mai Linh Da Lat taxi, Da Lat Taxi, International Taxi,…

Below Origin Vietnam’s instructions for moving to Palace I, Palace II, Palace III you can refer to:

  • Directions to Bao Dai Palace I: Departing from Da Lat Market, you travel to Ong Dao Bridge and follow some streets such as Tran Quoc Toan, Ho Tung Mau, Tran Hung Dao, Hung Vuong, Tran Quang Dieu. Then you will see Palace I.
  • Directions to Bao Dai II Palace: Departing from Da Lat Market, you travel to Ong Dao Bridge and follow some streets such as Tran Quoc Toan, Ho Tung Mau, Khoi Nghia Bac Son. You can not miss Palace II.
  • Directions to Bao Dai Palace III: Departing from Da Lat Market, you follow these streets such as Nguyen Van Cu, Mrs. Trieu, Tran Phu, Le Hong Phong,  King Trieu Viet. You go to Palace III.

4. Discovering the unique beauty of Bao Dai Palaces

4.1. Palace I Da Lat – King Palace

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Palace I Da Lat is also famous as King Palace – Bao Dai Palace 1. Built in 1929 by a French official Robert Clément Bourgery. From 1949 – 1955, this place became the headquarters of King Bao Dai during his time as Head of State. By 1956, the Ngo Dinh Diem government used this place exclusively for the President

Bao Dai Palace 1 is 4 km east-south of Da Lat city center. In the past, the king chose this place to become the main working place for officials. Palace 1 has a total area of ​​about 60 hectares, located on a hill 1550m above sea level, surrounded by a vast beautiful pine forest.

  •  Address of Palace 1: 1 Tran Quang Dieu, Ward 10, Da Lat City, Lam Dong.
  •  Opening hours: 07:00 – 17:30 all days of the week.

When you come to Palace 1, you will be impressed with the entrance to the Palace which is a paved road with two rows of tall, ancient cajuput trees, creating a romantic, peaceful scene. The ancient villa was repainted to match the original color used by King Bao Dai. In front is a large flower garden.

This is a famous tourist destination with unique architecture and long-standing historical significance associated with the life of King Bao Dai.

4.2. Palace II Dalat – Luxurious mansion amidst pine hills.

IMG Bao Dai Palace 1

Palace II Dalat is famous by another name, Palace of the Governors. Built in 1933 and completed in 1937 by talented French architects, it has a strong French architectural style.

The palace is located on a 1540m high hill, has a total of 25 rooms, luxuriously designed in European style. The interior of the mansion is decorated extremely eye-catchingly. Palace 2 used to be the headquarters for the French ruling apparatus in Indochina, and was the venue for the most important meetings at that time.

This is the first project in Vietnam to use washed stone – an ancient type of sedimentary stone with high bearing capacity and durability while still ensuring rich colors and designs. In addition, parts made from traditional Vietnamese wood are replaced with fine metals brought from France.

When you arrive at the gate of Palace 2, you will be surprised at the grounds of this mansion. A circular fountain surrounded by a colorful flower garden creates a romantic, “sky-lit” space.

It is worth visiting Bao Dai palaces in Da Lat

Furthermore, the mansion’s campus is spacious and surrounded by colorful flowers mixed with cool green pine hills. From a distance, Palace 2 looks like a magnificent castle located in the middle of a pine forest.

When standing on the top of the hill, visitors can see the entire romantic beauty of Xuan Huong Lake or Langbiang – the roof of the city of thousands of flowers hidden in the mist.

Especially, below the mansion is a large basement used to store wine. You will have to go through a secret tunnel designed by the Governor of Indochina Decoux to ensure safety in the event of an incident. You will definitely be overwhelmed by the poetic and nostalgic scenery here.

Palace 2 Da Lat is now a guest house of the People’s Committee of Lam Dong province and regularly organizes events, conferences, and welcomes VIP guests, so visitors are limited. Please remember to contact the management directly before visiting the mansion.

  • Address of Palace 2: 12 Tran Hung Dao, Ward 10, Da Lat City, Lam Dong.
  • Area: 26 hectares.
  • Opening hours: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. every day of the week.

4.3. Palace III Dalat

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Palace III was built in the period 1933 – 1938 and designed by two French architects Paul Veysseyre and Huynh Tan Phat – Vietnamese architects. This is where King Bao Dai and his family lived and worked. The special thing is that only Queen Nam Phuong can stay here regularly, while the other concubines only visit and do not stay overnight.

Bao Dai Palace 3 was built with 2 floors with 25 rooms. The design style is more modern and luxurious than other mansions. This is the most famous mansion, every year the mansion welcomes a number of domestic and foreign tourists to visit. When visiting the palace, you can see Xuan Huong Lake about 1 km away from the palace.

Entering Palace 3, you will admire the ancient, but extremely attractive French architecture, along with the meticulously decorated and preserved items of the ancient kings’ time.

Coming to Palace 3 Dalat, you will see with your own eyes many precious antiques such as jade, military seals… In addition, you also have the opportunity to transform into kings, queens… to experience life. luxury of the feudal dynasty. Don’t forget to save these wonderful moments before leaving the Palace.

Up to now, Dinh Bao Dai Dalat 3 has become a tourist destination in Dalat that is “sought after” by young people when learning about the country’s history.

  • Address of Palace 3: 1 Trieu Viet Vuong, Ward 4, Da Lat City, Lam Dong.
  • Opening hours: 07:00 – 17:30 all days of the week.

5. Specialties when visiting Bao Dai Palaces in Da Lat

When traveling to Bao Dai Palaces in Da Lat, you will not only admire unique architectural works, imbued with the color of time and bearing many meaningful historical marks. You also have the opportunity to enjoy the specialties of this beautiful land.

5.1 Grilled beef

In the cold weather of Da Lat, there is nothing better than sipping a piece of fragrant, hot grilled beef mixed with a spicy taste right on the tip of the tongue.

Each piece of meat is placed on a hot stove and rolled back and forth until the meat is golden brown and has an irresistible aroma. When cooked, the beef is super tender and flavorful, dipped in melted cheese sauce.

5.2 Steaming beef noodle soup

The temperature in Da Lat is usually 17 – 18 degrees Celsius, so making a steaming bowl of beef noodle soup is truly delicious. For diners who are “addicted” to beef noodle soup, how can they miss this super hot Dalat delicacy?

A big bowl of beef noodle soup with big ribs, a light broth and even steaming smoke, Klook guarantees this dish will keep you waiting for the last drop of soup.

5.3 Hanoi clay pot rice

Claypot rice dish is a Hanoi specialty dish and was introduced to Da Lat. Under the skillful hands of chefs, the clay pot rice dish in Da Lat has been transformed and added a little unique spice.

When enjoying clay pot rice in Da Lat, you will experience its unique flavor combined with Da Lat green vegetables such as broccoli and stir-fried string beans. At the same time, rustic dishes such as stir-fried pork and braised goby with pepper are also arranged on the tray, creating a complete meal next to the fragrant rice cooker.

5.4 Da Lat Banh Can

Coming to the foggy city, hot Da Lat dishes, sold in small spaces like banh can, are always popular. Just take a bite to feel the crispy crust, fragrant egg filling, served with onion fish sauce, and shumai gradually melting in your mouth. The feeling must be said to be ecstatic in the cold weather. This Dalat dish is very suitable for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

6. Accommodation when visiting Bao Dai Palaces in Da Lat

To save travel time, you should choose a hotel near Bao Dai Palace for convenient sightseeing.

Here are some suggested hotels for you:

  • Hoa Son Village Da Lat. Address: 68 An Binh, Ward 3, Tuyen Lam Lake, Da Lat.
  • Sammy Hotel Dalat. Address: 01 Le Hong Phong, Da Lat Center, Da Lat.
  • The Morris Hotel. Address: 32 Dong Tam, Da Lat Center, Da Lat.
  • La Sol Boutique Hotel. Address: 15 Huynh Thuc Khang, Da Lat Center, Da Lat.
  • Brick House Dalat Hotel. Address: 50 Pasteur Street, Ward 4, Da Lat Center, Da Lat.
  • Ami Boutique Hotel Dalat. Address: 17 Huynh Thuc Khang, Da Lat Center, Da Lat.
  • Myrtle Boutique Hotel. Address: 32 An Binh, Ward 3, City. Da Lat, Tuyen Lam Lake, Da Lat.
  • Dalat Palace Heritage Hotel. Address: 02 Tran Phu, Ward 3, Da Lat.
  • Golden Boutique Hotel. Address: 26 To Hien Thanh, Ward 3, Da Lat.
  • Ngoc Phat Dalat Hotel. Address: 10 Ho Tung Mau, Ward 10, Da Lat.

7. Some other famous tourist attractions are near Bao Dai Palace

After visiting Bao Dai Palaces, if you have time, you can explore other famous attractions near the Palaces such as:

  • Dalat Valley of Love.
  • Da Lat flower garden.
  • Xuan Huong lake.
  • Da Lat Market.
  • Take the Da Lat cable car.
  • Check in at Da Lat Railway Station.

8. Some important notes when visiting Bao Dai Palaces in Da Lat

When visiting Bao Dai Palace in Da Lat, you also need to keep in mind some of the following useful notes:

  • Tourists should maintain order when visiting, avoid talking or laughing too loudly, affecting other visitors.
  • Do not throw trash indiscriminately and maintain hygiene within the mansion grounds.
  • Must wear shoe covers before entering the mansions to maintain hygiene.
  • Limit bringing food and drinks, you can buy items at the palace gate or nearby stores.
  • Do not touch the object, causing damage to the object.
  • Follow children closely to avoid getting lost
  • If you want to better understand history. You can sign up for a tour guide at the ticket counter to listen to explanations when visiting Bao Dai Palace.

Coming to Bao Dai Palace in Da Lat, you will admire the mysterious beauty, learn about the life of the feudal king and enjoy the green natural scenery. Pack your backpack and start your tour Da Lat with our team to explore the history of Bao Dai palace with Origin Vietnam.

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