History of Viet Palace

HISTORY OF VIET PALACE

 

In the spring months of 2001, contemporary artist and collector Thanh Chuong was searching the mountainous region of Soc Son to build a home for his collection. Soc Son is a spiritual land of legend and myth. It is the home of Vietnamese hero Thanh Giong, a young boy who swiftly grew to the size of a giant and repelled a flurry of invasions. Soc Son is a land of rolling, tree-studded hills, great lakes, and ancient temples.

In May, Thanh Chuong found what he was looking for: a swathe of land that backed onto a gentle, rolling hill. It was the ideal place to build his dream, a unique space to serve as a home to his great collection, but also a canvas of earth on which to create his greatest masterpiece. His vision was to compose more than a museum. Instead he wanted a living, breathing space that harmonized history, art, and culture.

He brought his collection to the space, a collection that he had cultivated for over 50 years. Within two years, his dream was realized and the Palace was completed.

From the very moment it was finished, Thanh Chuong Viet Palace attracted the attention of people from across the globe. In 2004, the Palace was officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen of Sweden during her official visit to Vietnam with the King and their delegation. The attention from Queen Sylvia has remained a source of great pride for Thanh Chuong Viet Palace, as it reflects the grandeur of the Palace as an important pillar of Vietnam’s heritage.

In 2009, after more than eight years of free but restricted admission, Thanh Chuong and Ngo Huong, his wife, decided to open the palace to the public. The Palace is no longer the private weekend getaway that it once was – instead it is a unique space for Vietnamese people and visitors to Vietnam to immerse themselves in the art and culture of the country.

In 2016, Thanh Chuong Viet Palace celebrated its 15th anniversary. Still under the management of the family, it remains one of the most impressive cultural properties in Hanoi and northern Vietnam. It is an essential space to visit for those wanting to delve into the richness of Vietnamese history. Despite the challenge of time, the Palace remains a well-maintained, beautiful, and peaceful area that is also a part of Vietnam’s heritage.


Thanh Chuong Viet Palace collection of over 2000 Vietnamese antiques
15 Vietnamese architectural houses of heritage
Location: Day Dieu Slope, Hien Ninh Commune, Soc Son district, Hanoi
Property: Over 8000 m2.
Artist, creator and founder: Thanh Chuong
CEO: Huong Ngo

2001 – Construction commenced.
2003 - The completion of the first stage and main buildings.
2004 - The first international guest – Queen Silvia of Sweden.
2009 – Public opening of the Palace. Thanh Chuong Viet Palace Foundation was established.

Thanh Chuong Viet Palace is a lifelong dream – the product of many decades of collection, selection, and planning. The land was purchased in 2001 with a view to house Thanh Chuong’s collection of historic artifacts. Construction began the day after purchase and was funded by sales from Thanh Chuong’s works of art.

The palace was finished in 2003 but remained a private space until being opened to the public by the Queen of Sweden. But that didn’t mean the Palace was finished. Over the following years, the space continued to evolve as a constantly changing piece of art in its own right. This process is still happening today.

Since 2003, the palace has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world, including many important and distinguished guests.

Thanh Chuong – Artist and Designer


Thanh Chuong is one of Vietnam’s most celebrated contemporary artists. He began painting when he was 7, achieved his first international prize at 8, and began his collection at 14. He was recognized as a prodigy at an early age, and excelled at art during his education despite challenging many of his teachers and professors. He turned to lacquer – the art medium for which he is most celebrated – in his late 30s, but had previously achieved worldwide recognition for his oil paintings.

Huong Ngo – CEO


Huong Ngo, Thanh Chuong’s wife, is a linguist, writer, and journalist. She studied Russian at university but switched to studying English after the collapse of the Soviet Union. She met Thanh Chuong while working as a journalist at Vietnam’s most distinguished cultural newspaper - he was the illustrator for the newspaper at the time. She has given Thanh Chuong great encouragement over the years, and has been a great force in the protection and maintenance of the Palace and its art and artifacts.

Coming Soon
Coming Soon

Special VisItor


In 2004, The Queen of Sweden, the home of the Nobel Prize, was the first world figure to visit Thanh Chuong Viet Palace. She loved the style of the Palace so much that she even said that she wished to have a similar space in Sweden.

caret-down caret-up caret-left caret-right

I am enthusiastic about painter Thanh Chuong, the artist who had painstakingly created a collection, a museum, a very valuable work of art, which contributes to preserving and glorifying the original culture of the Vietnamese people. I do hope he will treasure and continue to develop this truly precious project.

Nguyễn Tấn Dũng Former Prime Minister of Vietnam

People often say turning a dream into a reality. But with this art work, Mr. Thanh Chuong has turned reality into a dream.

Raymond Burghard Former American Ambassador of Vietnam
The Palace also is a quirky complement to Hanoi's prominent tourist attractions, like the Temple of Literature, the Vietnam National Fine Arts museum and a mausoleum with the carefully preserved corpse of President Ho Chi Minh
The New York Times International Herald Tribune

...I am amazed and overwhelmed by the quantity, the variety, the oldness, the subtleness, and in many cases, the magnificence of the coated products, location in the territory between art and craft.

Prof. Dr Hoang Dao Kinh Commissioner National Heritage - Architecture Board Chairman

...Thanh Chuong Viet Palace is a Realm that does not appear in our distant and indistinct dreams. It is obviously real, to such and extent that we had and impression to respire the breath of ancient times in the course of it condensing, spreading and proliferating. 

Nguyễn Quang Thiều First Deputy Secretary of Asian - African Writers Association
 

In the spring months of 2001, contemporary artist and collector Thanh Chuong was searching the mountainous region of Soc Son to build a home for his collection. Soc Son is a spiritual land of legend and myth. It is the home of Vietnamese hero Thanh Giong, a young boy who swiftly grew to the size of a giant and repelled a flurry of invasions. Soc Son is a land of rolling, tree-studded hills, great lakes, and ancient temples.

In May, Thanh Chuong found what he was looking for: a swathe of land that backed onto a gentle, rolling hill. It was the ideal place to build his dream, a unique space to serve as a home to his great collection, but also a canvas of earth on which to create his greatest masterpiece. His vision was to compose more than a museum. Instead he wanted a living, breathing space that harmonized history, art, and culture.

He brought his collection to the space, a collection that he had cultivated for over 50 years. Within two years, his dream was realized and the Palace was completed.

From the very moment it was finished, Thanh Chuong Viet Palace attracted the attention of people from across the globe. In 2004, the Palace was officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen of Sweden during her official visit to Vietnam with the King and their delegation. The attention from Queen Sylvia has remained a source of great pride for Thanh Chuong Viet Palace, as it reflects the grandeur of the Palace as an important pillar of Vietnam’s heritage.

In 2009, after more than eight years of free but restricted admission, Thanh Chuong and Ngo Huong, his wife, decided to open the palace to the public. The Palace is no longer the private weekend getaway that it once was – instead it is a unique space for Vietnamese people and visitors to Vietnam to immerse themselves in the art and culture of the country.

In 2016, Thanh Chuong Viet Palace celebrated its 15th anniversary. Still under the management of the family, it remains one of the most impressive cultural properties in Hanoi and northern Vietnam. It is an essential space to visit for those wanting to delve into the richness of Vietnamese history. Despite the challenge of time, the Palace remains a well-maintained, beautiful, and peaceful area that is also a part of Vietnam’s heritage.


Thanh Chuong Viet Palace collection of over 2000 Vietnamese antiques
15 Vietnamese architectural houses of heritage
Location: Day Dieu Slope, Hien Ninh Commune, Soc Son district, Hanoi
Property: Over 8000 m2.
Artist, creator and founder: Thanh Chuong
CEO: Huong Ngo

2001 – Construction commenced.
2003 - The completion of the first stage and main buildings.
2004 - The first international guest – Queen Silvia of Sweden.
2009 – Public opening of the Palace. Thanh Chuong Viet Palace Foundation was established.

Thanh Chuong Viet Palace is a lifelong dream – the product of many decades of collection, selection, and planning. The land was purchased in 2001 with a view to house Thanh Chuong’s collection of historic artifacts. Construction began the day after purchase and was funded by sales from Thanh Chuong’s works of art.

The palace was finished in 2003 but remained a private space until being opened to the public by the Queen of Sweden. But that didn’t mean the Palace was finished. Over the following years, the space continued to evolve as a constantly changing piece of art in its own right. This process is still happening today.

Since 2003, the palace has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world, including many important and distinguished guests.

Thanh Chuong – Artist and Designer


Thanh Chuong is one of Vietnam’s most celebrated contemporary artists. He began painting when he was 7, achieved his first international prize at 8, and began his collection at 14. He was recognized as a prodigy at an early age, and excelled at art during his education despite challenging many of his teachers and professors. He turned to lacquer – the art medium for which he is most celebrated – in his late 30s, but had previously achieved worldwide recognition for his oil paintings.

Huong Ngo – CEO


Huong Ngo, Thanh Chuong’s wife, is a linguist, writer, and journalist. She studied Russian at university but switched to studying English after the collapse of the Soviet Union. She met Thanh Chuong while working as a journalist at Vietnam’s most distinguished cultural newspaper - he was the illustrator for the newspaper at the time. She has given Thanh Chuong great encouragement over the years, and has been a great force in the protection and maintenance of the Palace and its art and artifacts.

Coming Soon
Coming Soon

Special VisItor


In 2004, The Queen of Sweden, the home of the Nobel Prize, was the first world figure to visit Thanh Chuong Viet Palace. She loved the style of the Palace so much that she even said that she wished to have a similar space in Sweden.

I am enthusiastic about painter Thanh Chuong, the artist who had painstakingly created a collection, a museum, a very valuable work of art, which contributes to preserving and glorifying the original culture of the Vietnamese people. I do hope he will treasure and continue to develop this truly precious project.

Nguyễn Tấn Dũng Former Prime Minister of Vietnam

People often say turning a dream into a reality. But with this art work, Mr. Thanh Chuong has turned reality into a dream.

Raymond Burghard Former American Ambassador of Vietnam
The Palace also is a quirky complement to Hanoi's prominent tourist attractions, like the Temple of Literature, the Vietnam National Fine Arts museum and a mausoleum with the carefully preserved corpse of President Ho Chi Minh
The New York Times International Herald Tribune

...I am amazed and overwhelmed by the quantity, the variety, the oldness, the subtleness, and in many cases, the magnificence of the coated products, location in the territory between art and craft.

Prof. Dr Hoang Dao Kinh Commissioner National Heritage - Architecture Board Chairman

...Thanh Chuong Viet Palace is a Realm that does not appear in our distant and indistinct dreams. It is obviously real, to such and extent that we had and impression to respire the breath of ancient times in the course of it condensing, spreading and proliferating. 

Nguyễn Quang Thiều First Deputy Secretary of Asian - African Writers Association