Untold stories of Da Lat – P5: Billeting army officers’ wives

800×600 Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”,serif;} The one-time residence of army officer wives in Da Lat City remains an attraction in the calm resort town. >> Untold stories of Da Lat – P4: The Haunted House on Prenn Pass >> Untold stories of Da Lat – P3: Royal partition >> Untold stories of Da Lat – P2: Stone villa of Nguyen King’s concubine >> ​Untold stories of Da Lat – P1: Nguyen Dynasty’s trusted retainer Prior to 1975, a complex called the ‘Girls’ Billet’ or ‘C5 Girls’ Billet’ remained tucked away near the Bao Dai Palace, the residence and offices of King Bao Dai (1913-1997), Vietnam’s last monarch. To reach the complex, one would travel along a street called Darlec (now Trieu Viet Vuong) and then take a road overgrown by weeds, da quy (wild daisy), a flower synonymous with Da Lat, and pine trees.    The location is now a valley enclosed by Trieu Viet Vuong Street. Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters recently interviewed Le Phi, who has maintained his full mental faculty at age 90. Considered an expert on the history of Da Lat and a resident for 60 years, Phi noted that the word ‘girls’ in the ‘Girls’ Billet’ did not refer to prostitutes as it does now. According to Phi, the complex was previously a residential area for army… [Read full story]


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