Sunday, October 20, 2019

Admire the beauty of intact heritage in the ancient village of Duong Lam

Duong Lam ancient village is said to be a "forgotten old town", second only to Hoi An and Hanoi old town in terms of scale and artistic value.

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Duong Lam ancient village is more than 50 km from the center of Hanoi, in the territory of Son Tay town which was awarded by the State with the National Historical and Cultural Relics in 2006. This place still retains the basic characteristics of an ancient Vietnamese village with village gates, banyan trees, water wharves, communal yards, guard hut, water wells, fields, mounds, hills, shrines, pagodas, ...
There are a total of 956 old houses in Dong Sang, Mong Phu and Cam Thinh villages. Including many houses built in the years 1649, 1703, 1850 ... with traditional materials of the former Doai country such as laterite, bamboo, sapele wood, Neohouzeaua, terracotta bricks, tiles, clay, rice husks, sawdust,…
The house is usually built with 5 compartments or 7 compartments of 2 lean-tos, of which attached to houses is yard, garden, kitchen, horizontal house, water well, barn, partition, stack, porch gate ...


In particular, "Mr. Hung's Old House" is the oldest village in Mong Phu village, built from 1649, up to now 400 years and has had 12 generations living here.

This place still retains the sacrificial writing in Han ideogram, written in ink on a board.


"The old house of Mr. The", located in Xui hamlet, Mong Phu village, the house consists of 7 compartments built entirely with wooden mortise grafting technique (complex, sophisticated coupling technique with high precision without nails, adhesives or other tools.

The house has spent 14 generations and is famous for making soy sauce.

"Giang Van Minh scholar Church", built by bricks of the Tu Duc reign (1847-1883), was designed in the style of "second" word (in Han ideogram, facing south.
Duong Lam ancient well, the place previously used by villagers for daily activities. The well was built mainly of laterite and mortar, but now some of it has been remodeled with cement and bricks.

In addition, the ancient village of Duong Lam also has a system of the family temple of forefathers
With the architectural and artistic features of an ancient Vietnamese village in the Red River Delta, many people think that the ancient village of Duong Lam is a "forgotten town", second only to Hoi An ancient town. and Hanoi Old Quarter in terms of scale and artistic value. In particular, this is also the land of "masterpieces of spirituality", the only place that "a hamlet of two kings" - the birthplace of King Phung Hung and Ngo Quyen, associated with Confucian historical and cultural relics.
An excerpt from Bui Minh Tri's "Ancient Village of Duong Lam" poem.

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