Hidden royal tunnel found in Vietnam

Officials from the Lam Dong Provincial Museum report the discovery of a secret passage in a villa belonging to the last queen of Vietnam.

Queen Nam Phuong's Villa, Tuoi Tre News 20111125

Hidden tunnel discovered in the last Queen’s house
Tuoi Tre News, 25 November 2011

The staff of the Lam Dong Provincial Museum has recently discovered a hidden tunnel in a Da Lat villa originally owned by queen Nam Phuong, wife of Bao Dai, the Nguyen Dynasty’s last King of Vietnam.

Doan Thi Ngo, deputy head of the museum, said it was found in the basement of the building behind a locked door when the staff was cleaning the villa for an upcoming photo exhibition.

She added that there is no material known to document the existence of this tunnel.
The Nam Phuong Villa was originally built in the 1930s as a gift from Nguyen Huu Hao, a rich landlord from then – Go Cong province, and father of the Queen, to her as a vacation house.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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