The drowsy former capital of Dong Thap province, Sa Dec is a comparatively peaceful city of tree-lined streets and fading colonial villas, ringed with orchards and flower markets. Lining the waterways are flower nurseries you can visit, which are especially popular just before Tet for witnessing a riot of blooms loaded onto boats.
1. Huynh Thuy Le Old House
The town's biggest attraction (though it'll only take up about 20 minutes of your time) is the Huynh Thuy Le Old House. This fascinating 1895 riverfront residence of Sino-French design was a setting for The Lover by Jean-Jacques Annaud. Other locations seen in the film include Le's grave and pagoda, and the school where Duras' mother taught.
2. Sadec Flower Village
You can go sightseeing around Sadec Flower Village, visit the garden houses to buy flowers, admire the scenery, take photos. Beside flowers, there are also ornamental plants which feature unique and spectacular shapes, some even are more than a hundred years old. They are all taken care well by the skillful hands of artisans here to create sophisticated and unique designs.
3. Kien An Cung Pagoda
Located in Ward 2, Sa Dec Town, Dong Thap Province, the one thousand square meter Kien An Cung Pagoda was built between 1924 and 1927 by Huynh Thuan, Huynh Thuy Le’s father, and a group of Chinese people from Phuc Kien Province living in Sa Dec Town at that time.
Kien An Cung Pagoda worships Ong Quach Thanh Vuong Cong (Quach Aristocrat), whose hometown was Fujian Province. Quach Aristocrat helped Tong Thai To (King Song) mount punitive expeditions against a smaller nation Nam Duong (Southern Tang), one of the ten kingdoms in south-central China created following the Tang Dynasty from 937-975, and establish the Song Dynasty.
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