Huynh Thuy Le was the inspiration for the protagonist in French writer and Le\’s lover Marguerite Duras\’s novel L\’ Amant. His house is famous for its unique architecture blending southern Vietnamese, French, and Chinese styles.
The wooden house was built in 1895. In 1917 his father rebuilt the house like a French villa, using both eastern and western architectural elements.
Last year more than 30,000 people visited the house, with the number from EU countries increasing by 20 per cent year-on-year.