Bach Dinh or the White Mansion was built during the French
occupation. The mansion sits at the bottom of Nui Lon overlooking
the South China Sea and is one of Vung Tau's major landmark. Work on
the mansion began in 1898 and was completed in 1916.
At the time, no expenses were spared as the amount of work and
manpower involved in laying the road leading to the mansion were
done almost completely by manual labor. Commissioned by French
governor Paul Doumer, this mansion has served as summer retreat for
Emperor Bao Dai as well as vacation home for vietnamese heads of
The mansion is 50 m above sea level and is designed in the style of
19th century French architecture. The grounds of the mansion still
show signs of a once glamorous lifestyle of the French governor who
commissioned this building.