Vietnam is the home to a number of world’s cultural heritages with various traditional ancient villages, shaping unique Vietnam’s identity and quintessence. With a trip to Duong Lam ancient village, you can have a chance to have a deeper understanding of Vietnam’s culture and tradition via exploring long-established house, old road, ancient temples and small alleys.
The village is a commune located in Son Tay Town, which is about 60 kilometers away from the center of Hanoi City. Experience a long history dating back 1, 200 years ago, the ancient village is the homeland of two Vietnam’s kings Phung Hung (761-802) and Ngo Quyen (896-944) who devoted their whole lives to regaining the independence and sovereignty for the country. In order to express respect to two heroes of Vietnam, local people built temples to honor them, thereby creating the unique prestige for the village.
Duong Lam ancient village’s highlights
One of the first characteristics that made a deep impression on tourists coming to explore the ancient village lies in its tranquility and peacefulness of the main road leading to the village and surrounding natural landscape. For those who visiting Duong Lam ancient village for the first time would be mesmerized with the uninterrupted green rice fields as well as the sparkling lotus ponds. You should take advantage of this opportunity to capture the unique taste of a typical ancient village that is not interfered with the astonishing development of modernization and urbanization. The gate of the village is also a highlight that Duong Lam ancient village offers with unique architectural style, making it stand out of the crowd with its own identity. One more striking feature that the ancient village possesses lies in its construction of buildings which are mainly from mud and laterite.
There is a broad collection of must-visit ancient and historical places including Communal House and a number of ancient houses in Dong Sang with 441 traditional houses, Mong Phu – the home to 350 houses and Cam Thinh possessing 165 houses.
Duong Lam ancient village is the home to 5 small villages, so it possesses 5 communal houses which are common worshiping places. Each house in the ancient villages portrays traditional patterns of Vietnam’s ancient houses. With Mong Phu Communal house, it is a place for local people to get together for cultural activities, whereas Doai Giap and Cam Lam communal houses are used to worship Phung Hung – Vietnam’s national hero. Moreover, continue your trip to Cam Thinh communal house devoted to the village’s founder and great mandarin Cao Phuc Dien of during the reign of Le Emperor and Dong Sang communal house where local people worship God.
Do not forget to pay a visit to Mia Pagoda – one of the most famous and most-visited pagodas in Duong Lam ancient village, a pagoda constructed in the 15th century with a selection of 287 statues and well-known sculptures. What’s more, Ngo Quyen Temple and Phung Hung Temple are also worth a visit.
Actually, Duong Lam ancient village is a great place to immerse in Vietnam’s culture and identity. In addition to being home to historical and ancient relics, Duong Lam also preserves a great number of traditional and cultural festivals and customs that was handed down from earlier generation to the later ones. There is nothing quite like spending a day tour in Duong Lam ancient village and explore well-known places by foot or bicycle to get the taste of one of the most typical Vietnam’s ancient village.