Majestic Hmong King’s Palace
About 15 kilometers away from Dong Van town lies the majestic 100-year-old mansion of Hmong King Vuong Chinh Duc. The palace was built in 8 years, consuming 150000 coins of silver, an equivalent of VND 150 billion (US$7.5 million) today.
The ancient mansion in Sa Phin Commune, Dong Van District, Ha Giang province was once well-known as a fortified fortress. It still contains anecdotes bearing the stamp of the cultivation and trafficking of opium.
Vuong Chinh Duc was the head of the Mong people in Ha Giang a century ago. He became rich from trading opium because Sa Phin is the middle point of opium from Golden Triangle region. He also set up his own army unit of loyal Hmong people and equipped them with weapons.
Before embarking on the construction of this massive edifice, Vuong Chinh Duc invited a Chinese feng shui master passing through the area of 4 districts to choose the most favorable location. They decided to stop in Sa Phin village because the terrain here emerged as a turtle shell, which represents long life and wealth.