Hanoi’s Presidential Palace among world’s best palaces
The Presidential Palace in Hanoi (Photo: baomoi.com)
Presidential Palace in Hanoi was named among the 13 most beautiful palaces in
the world by US magazine Architecture Digest.
The Presidential Palace, which is the official
home of Vietnam’s president, is a three-storey structure with 30 rooms located
north of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. The building is a memento of the French
contribution to architecture in Indochina.
The mustard-yellow palace was built by French
architect Auguste Henri Vildieu from 1900 to 1906 to function as the living and
operational bases of the governors-general of Indo-China.
The palace is enclosed by gardens, an orchard
and the famous Mango Alley, a 300 feet long boulevard which leads from the
palace to the stilt house where Ho Chi Minh lived.
History says that Ho Chi Minh declined to stay
in the Presidential Palace when he returned to independent Vietnam after defeating
the French in 1954. Instead he resided in a cottage within the premises of the
palace from 1954 to 1958. He eventually built a Vietnamese stilt-house but used
the palace when important guests came to Hanoi. His stilt house and carp ponds
were made into the Presidential Palace Historical Site in 1975. -VNA