The Palace of Hmong King Vuong Chinh Duc (called “Nhà Vua Mèo”) has been existed for nearly 100 years old and become the unique tourist attraction in Ha Giang Vietnam. History said that it took 9 years to finish building the site which charged 15 ten thousand Indochinese silver coins (equivalent to 150 billion Vietnamese Dong). The mansion is valuable, historical, and matchless.
History of Hmong King Palace in Dong Van Ha Giang
Vuong Chinh Duc (1865 – 1947) was the only leader honored by the Hmong ethnic groups in the region. They dignified him as “The Hmong King” who officially controlled four districts of Quang Ba, Yen Minh, Meo Vac, and Dong Van. The Hmong King decided to construct the mansion which also functioned as the fortress. The whole building had nearly 3.000 square meters, starting to be built in 1919 and finished in 1928.
Before the massive construction, Vuong Chinh Duc came to China to invite the Feng Shui expert to help him select the ideal base to build the palace. Investigating the four districts under his management, the Feng Shui expert, and the Hmong King decided to stop at Sa Phin Commune and select the terrace in the middle of the Sa Phin Valley. This area had the elevated ground, looking like the turtle shell (representing the Turtle God in the Vietnamese belief) which brought luck and prosperity to the owner. Surrounding the castle was the tall mountainous ranges, resulting in the arc that protected the site. It was very expensive to hire the Feng Shui specialist as well as the designer. In overall, it charged 15 ten thousand Indochinese silver coins (equivalent to 150 billion Vietnamese Dong).
At that time, the roads were difficultly dangerous while there were no machines. Therefore, the Palace of Vuong Chinh Duc was entirely made by the Hmong’s manual workforce. The stone objects of the mansion were sculptured manually by the locals. In general, the large house reflected the architectural influences from China, Hmong, and France. The whole mansion had three compartments of Front (Tiền), Central (Trung), and Back (Hậu), with 64 rooms for a capacity of 100 people. The Front Compartment was for the security guards and servants. The Central and Back Compartments were for the Vuong families to work and live. In the area between the Front and the Central compartments was the wooden floor of judgement. Also, the pictures of Vuong families and their ancestor altars were stored in the Central compartment.
The original Hmong King Palace was made from the precious pine wood; however, once becoming the governmental property, the wood of the house has been changed 60% percentages to use the ironwood. Note that the stone plinths were polished by 900 Indochinese silver coins (equivalent to one billion Vietnamese Dong). That was just the cost for polishing, not to mention the charges for sculpturing and transporting the stone plinths from Tu Xuyen (China) to Dong Van. Included in the expensive House was the two-story basements that stored the opium, smoking pipes, and treasures.
The Hmong King Palace – Matchless Tourist Attraction in Ha Giang
The castle remains mostly intact, except the wooden floor system (which was destroyed during the war because the house was suspected to bury the treasures under). In 1993, the palace of Vuong Chinh Duc was ranked as the National Relic. Then, in 2004, the Vuong family donated this House to the Government for reservation, making the Hmong King Castle tourist attraction in Ha Giang. The visit to Hmong King Palace inHa Giang is included in Far North Vietnam Photography Tour !
Standing on the top of the hill, you see the remarkable mansion of the Vuong family amid the tranquil valley. Travel to Ha Giang, guests should always explore the mansion, visit the hill-tribe market before the site, and from this stopover, continue heading to conquer Lung Cu flagpole.