Vietnam royal family belongings on display in Da Lat

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The Lam Dong Museum has opened an exhibition of the belongings of Nguyen Dynasty Empress Nam Phuong (1914-1963) as well as other members of the royal family.

 

The collection, including 124 artifacts and photographs, is being displayed at the classic French-styled Nam Phuong Palace.

 

They objects include a desk used by crown prince Bao Long, the empress's embroidery table, a set of silver tea cups and pot, and photos of princes and princesses.

 

Museum director Pham Huu Tho said the display offers visitors a new perspective into the daily life of Vietnamese royalty.

 

Empress Nam Phuong, born Marie-Thérèse Nguyen Thi Huu Lan to Nguyen Huu Hao, a wealthy merchant from the south of Vietnam, was the first and official wife of Bao Dai, the last emperor of Vietnam.

 

She also was the first and the only empress of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945).

 

Both Lam Dong Museum and Nam Phuong Palace were built by her father on a high hill on Hung Vuong Street in Da Lat, capital of the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, as gift to his daughter in the 1930s.

 

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