Over the time, the old signs have been imprinted on each dormer, each road in the small village of Duong Lam.
Duong Lam is an exciting destination not new to many visitors. This is one of the ancient Vietnamese villages remaining to this day. From Hanoi, you can travel by car or motorcycle in the direction of Thang Long Avenue or road 32 to Nhon – Son Tay.
The central area of Duong Lam is Mong Phu communal house. This house, built in 1684, is the typical ancient building of the rural Tonkin. Covering an area of 1,800 m2, the house was built in the highest land in the village with the front facing west. In 1984, Mong Phu communal house was ranked as a historic national culture by the Ministry of Information – Culture (now the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism).
Here there are up to 956 ancient houses built from blocks of firm laterite. The architecture of these houses is the internal order, it means that the yards are lower than the road surface. So when it rains, water flows from outside into the yards and then to the sewers.
The small lanes in Duong Lam have always been attracting many tourists to enjoy. All roads here are dead ends to prevent thefts and they are very clean and clear. Besides, every family has a secret door and a shortcut to the communal house.
Guests coming here can rent a bicycle to visit the village. By this way, you will be able to move to more places like Ngo Quyen Tomb, Phung Hung Tomb… without losing too much energy.
When ending the journey of discovery, you can stay at a restaurant opened in the campus of an old house.
Among many vicissitudes of life, you can spend a day off to return to this place. Discover the small corners which seem to be already forgotten…
… or immerse yourself in laughter, the innocence of young children in Duong Lam. You will rediscover your equilibrium.
A little corner full of sunshine in the ancient village.