Location: They are located in Bac Lieu Town, Bac
Characteristics: The early 20th century Western - style buildings have spacious
surroundings, symmetrical architecture, and tile-covered roofs.
Unlike many other provinces, such as Cantho and An Giang, there are still many
western-style buildings include the villa of Bac Lieu Mandarin’s son, which
stands along the river, and other buildings situated in the Hang Me Park, such
as the Administration House, the court, the Bo Mansion (the building of the head
mandarin) the Son quarter official building, and Dong Trach. Presently, these
building are used for the provincial Library, the People’ Court of
Investigation, and the office for the Bac Lieu Newspaper.
The construction materials, including steel, marble, tile, and brick, were all
imported from France. The 20th century Western –style buildings have spacious
surroundings, symmetrical architecture, and tile-covered roofs. The roofs are
octagonal, and the supporting rafters look somewhat like those in a pagoda. The
old villas and mansions of Bac Lieu have their own style, quite unlike the
French villas in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City or Dalat.
In general, they feature high ceilings; their exteriors are washed with yellow
paint, and they have high vault-like roofs. The 30 mansions and villas that
remain standing along the two banks of the river in Bac Lieu have become part of
the heritage of Bac Lieu Province.