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Government says Mông King Palace belongs to descendants

Old walls: The mansion is a tourist destination in Ha Giang Province. VNA/VNS Photo Tien Dat
Viet Nam News

HA NOI — Government leaders have decided the right to possess Mong King’s Palace in Dong Van District, the northern province of Ha Giang, belongs to the legal heirs of the Vuong family clan.

The decision, signed by Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh, confirmed that the mansion, a national cultural and architectural heritage site since 1993, along with the associated property and land, belongs to the descendants of the Vuong family.

The decision also states that local authorities were wrong to give a land use certificate and property rights to Dong Van District’s Culture and Information Department. The certificate has been withdrawn.

The Deputy Prime Minister has assigned Ha Giang Province’s authorities to co-ordinate with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Ministry of Justice to work with the Vuong family to examine the boundaries of the mansion and grant the proper land use and property ownership certificates according to the law.

Ha Giang People’s Committee has ordered local agencies to work with the family to manage the site according to the Law of Heritage.

On July 21, Vuong Duy Bao, a descendant of Mong King, sent a letter to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to ask local authorities to return the land at the 100-year-old mansion.

Prime Minister Phuc expressed his disapproval of the Ha Giang People’s Committee’s decision to grant a land use permit to Dong Van District’s Culture and Information Department in 2012.

Bao said the family was not informed that the palace was recognised as a national cultural and architectural heritage site in 1993 until officials asked them to move out so they could turn it into a museum in 2002.

Even though they were given assurances their house would not be used by the public, the provincial People’s Committee still awarded the use permit to the culture department.

On August 16, Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh asked the committee and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to report the problem and resolve Bao’s petition.

The website of the Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism introduces Vuong Family’s Palace as the residence of Vuong Chinh Duc (1865-1947), who used to be regarded as a Meo (Mong) King governing the Dong Van Plateau region.

The palace has an area of over 1,000sq.m, and was built during eight years in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Most building workers are local Mong people and Hui people from Yunnan (China).

In the front of the palace, there is a gate made of stone. Surrounding the palace are two stone walls about 60 centimetres thick and 2.5 to three metres high.

The palace includes four transversal houses and six lengthwise houses – all with two storeys for a total of 64 rooms. The houses were built in the style of the Qing Dynasty (China). The walls are made of stone with a wooden floor, pillars and columns. The roof is made of tiles and the front of the roof is made with tube tiles decorated with the “longevity” character.

In the main house, a horizontal lacquered board is displayed, decorated with scripts saying “a politically stable border area” (Bien Chinh Kha Phong), presented by King Khai Dinh (1885-1925) to the Vuong Family in 1913.

Inside the palace, there is a kitchen, cisterns, storehouses, weapons and a stone bathtub.

All the parts, whether made of stone or wood, are carved meticulously with designs of the dragon, phoenix and bat to represent prosperity and longevity of a family of high rank. — VNS

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