The Palace in Đồng Văn District

Entrance screen. The door screens at the entrance to the palace Plaque above door. The Plaque above the door is in Chinese, as opaque to modern Vietnamese as to westerners First courtyard. The first of the two courtyards with the steady trickle of visitors who reach these far parts The Palace is about 10 miles (15 km) south-west of the town of Đồng Văn. It was built in 1914 when the French saw the advantage of having a buffer between their rule of occupation in Vietnam and the Chinese Empire. It is a delightful, simple complex befitting the remoteness of its location. There is a second page on the Palace. More on another site. View back to entrance. View back towards entrance Corner of inner courtyard. A corner of the inner courtyard Base of wooden post. The base of one of the wooden posts Balustrade post end. The decorated balustrade posts protrude below the balcony Building roofs. The roofs sit tightly down onto the building The Palace took 8 years to construct using workers from Yunnan Province in China to create the many fine details of carving and woodwork. The cost was 150,000 silver coins, about $7.5 million today, money which seems likely to have come from the active opium trade of the period. Poppies figure prominently in the carvings! Carved roof-post ends. The ends of the roof posts are carved Stairs to private quarters. The inner courtyard leads up to what were the private quarters of the king Detail of carving. A detail from the picture above Window screens. Screens shield the rooms on the upper floor. Looking down into the entry courtyard On visiting the palace you are likely to be shown around by one of the surviving grandchildren, who still live nearby. Teacher and children. A teacher explains the history to (most of) the visiting children, strange foreigners are, as everywhere, more interesting for some Gallery roof supports. One of the galleries with its carved roof supports School party being photographed. The school party is itself a subject of photography Column foot. One of the bas-relief foots of the columns The palace complex was created by Vương Chinh Đức, known as Vua Mèo - king of the H'Mong; he and his three wives and their four sons lived there until he died in 1947. The inner courtyard. The inner courtyard around which are the rooms of the family Outer courtyard with karst. The outer courtyard with a karst peeping over the roof The next page shows, in comparison and contrast, the 'house' of the wealthiest family of the fifteen hundreds in Kirkcudbright, in south-west Scotland, which stands at one end of St. Cuthbert's Street. St Cuthbert's St. line
Saturday 26th November 2016 Murphy on duty

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