Hoang A Tuong Castle, Vietnam (Catherine Huang – Bonderman Fellow)

A.K.A. H’mong King Palace is located in Na Hoi Tho Hamlet, Bac Ha District. It was built between 1914 and 1921 by Hoang A Tuong.

Before 1945, Bac Ha was a semi-feudal society led byfather and son Hoang Yen Chao and Hoang A Tuong. During their reign with French colonial support, they exploited their people, occupied fertile land, and forced people to pay servitude. They also held monopoly in trading salt and consumer goods, drugs and food and exploitation of forest products for French stations and the henchmen.

The location of the mansion was selected according to feng shui theory, on a large hill to the southeast facing two mountains a river. Previously an eerie moss color, the castle has since been painted yellow.

For more information on how you can receive $20,000 to travel the world for 8 months as a Bonderman Fellow, visit the CGIS website.

 

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