Untold stories of Da Lat – P2: Stone villa of Nguyen King’s concubine

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 The imposing stone villa in Da Lat that King Bao Dai, Vietnam’s last monarch, gifted to one of his concubines is a lasting reminder of the regal romance. >> Untold stories of Da Lat – P1: Nguyen Dynasty’s trusted retainer  Apart from Queen Nam Phuong, his official wife, King Bao Dai (1913-1997), the 13th and last king of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945), had several concubines and lovers. Nguyen Dynasty is also the country’s last monarchy reign. Da Lat is an appealing resort town and the capital of Lam Dong Province in the Central Highlands. A singular paramour Following his abdication in August 1945, Bao Dai was sent back to Vietnam by the French government in April 1949. After receiving the news about Bao Dai’s return to Vietnam and stay in Da Lat in 1949, Phan Van Giao, governor of the central region, picked him up at the town’s Lien Khuong Airport and introduced a young woman named Le Thi Phi Anh to him. Anh, 12 years younger than Bao Dai, was the youngest of an opulent, well-educated family who owned many villas in Hue City, the country’s then capital. Her uncle was Le Quang Thiet, a son-in-law of King Thanh Thai (1879 –1954), the 10th Nguyen King. According to Nguyen Dac Xuan, a veteran expert in Hue culture, Anh was a great beauty with glowing complexion, a high nose bridge and glittery eyes.   Her attractiveness actually outshined Bao Dai’s three… [Read full story]

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