Location: Hoang A Tuong Castle is located
in Na Hoi Tho Hamlet, Bac Ha District, Lao Cai Province; 300m from Bac Ha
Characteristics: It is a unique construction work, which harmonizes the
Oriental and Western architectural styles.
The castle was built at the beginning of the 20th century (between 1914 and
1921). Its owner was Hoang Yen Chao of Tay origin. He was the father of Hoang A
Tuong, a tribal mandarin under the domination of the French colonialists.The
castle covers an area of 4,000m² in which the main building occupies 420m². In
front of its arched doors are earthen banks. Occupying a pivotal position
overlooking the Bac Ha valley, the castle serves both as the residence of Hoang
Yen Chao, then Hoang A Tuong and as a fortress. Its network of walls, bunkers,
and battlements were reinforced by a mortar mixed with sugar molasses. In a
distance, the white castle jutting out from the valley looks imposing and
majestic. At present, this castle is put under a restoration scheme to better
help tourists get insight into the changes of the local life.