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Duong Lam Ancient Village – Call of history

Duong Lam Village

For most Hanoi People, the familiar and serene image of banyan trees, wells, a communal house, and village gate enters the mind when talking about Duong Lam Ancient Village. So, what is this Village? How to get there and how to get deep into the breath of this Ancient place? Let’s take a look at the down note! 

Duong Lam Village Trainning
Duong Lam Village Trainning

1. About Duong Lam Ancient Village

About 45 kilometers west of downtown Hanoi, Duong Lam Village in the capital’s Son Tay Town, still preserves many enchanting historical and cultural features. It boasts 956 ancient houses, including those built in 1649, 1703, and around 1850.

Amongst tens of thousands of Vietnamese villages, Duong Lam is the first to be recognized as a national-level artistic side of architecture.

Duong Lam Village
Duong Lam Village Trainning

In 2005, Duong Lam was the first ancient village in Vietnam which was declared as a National Cultural and Literary Relic, which steered a preservation and restoration program. The conservation of five slipup houses in Duong Lam helped the village get an award of merit from the UNESCO Asia- Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation in 2014. Conservation helps to save the vill’s heritage and culture, as well as bring further excursionists to Duong Lam Village and produce further income openings for original townies.

In terms of the architectural scale, Duong Lam is only after Hoian Ancient Town and Hanoi Old Town. It remains the art and armature of an ancient village in the Red River Delta. Being known as the “living community”, numerous families are living from generation to generation.

2. How Duong Lam ancient village attracts so many tourists per year

In terms of the architectural scale, Duong Lam Village is only after Hoian Ancient Town and Hanoi Old Town. It remains the art and armature of an ancient village in the Red River Delta. Being known as the “living community”, numerous families are living from generation to generation.

Experiencing many ups and downs of Vietnamese dynasties, Duong Lam village has become one of the ancient relics favored by domestic and international tourists because of its history. Let’s see things that make Duong Lam special:

A. Mong Phu Village Gate

There were several entrances to Duong Lam Village, but there is only one ancient gate left to this day. In ancient Vietnamese architecture, the village gate is considered as a sign marking the inside and outside of the village space and is a ritual in the indispensable structure of a village.

Duong Lam Village
Duong Lam Village

B. Communal house

The entrance separates the village from the rice fields. Embodying “the village’s soul” as described by locals, it appears like a humble, rustic invitation into the village. Past the entrance, time seems to stop as tourists embark down memory lane.

Duong Lam Ancient Village
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C. Mia Pagoda – One of the oldest pagoda stay in Duong Lam Ancient Village

Duong Lam Ancient Village

When visiting Duong Lam, Mia Pagoda is a must-see place that tourists should not miss. It dates back at least to the 15th century and is considered to be one of the 10 oldest temples in Vietnam. The original pagoda (known as Sung Nghiem Tu) was abandoned in the 17th century and was restored in 1632 by the wife of the northern Vietnamese leader Tring Trang. Locals called her Lady Queen Mia and the pagoda was also named after Mia Pagoda.

D. Traditional Residential Houses of Duong Lam Ancient Village

With a history of about 1.200 years, Duong Lam Village is home to 956 traditional old houses dating back up to 400 years. These old houses were mainly made from traditional materials, such as oval wood, bamboo, terracotta bricks, and tiles. Laterite can be found on house walls, gates, wells, temple walls, and so forth.

Laterites can be found almost anywhere in Duong Lam, becoming an integral part of the village.

Houses’ walls and fences made of rough dark honey-brown brick-shaped laterites along the village road create a unique charm.

E. Relish rustic snacks of Duong Lam Ancient Village

Piecemeal from its major spots and classic outlines, Duong Lam is also a culinary melting pot, with numerous of its ancient houses home to beaneries.

Enjoy a peaceful lunch full of uncomely treats while meaning the joyful decor of the country and breathing its fresh air. Must-try Duong Lam specialties include but aren’t limited to repast pork, original funk, fumed rice cutlet (banh te), nut delicacy (keo doi), and che lam.

Che lam, a delicacy made of sugar, malt, fresh gusto, roasted tenacious rice flour and peanuts, can be set up in numerous townlets across northern Vietnam. But in Duong Lam, residents have come up with several new dissonances of che lam by adding constituents like gac fruit and pandan leaves, making it more ambrosial, varied, and scrumptious.

3. Way to get to Duong Lam

Bus

Bus is the cheapest means of transportation. But the drawback is that the waiting time for a bus is quite long. Thus, you need to be very patient. There are 3 bus routes from Hanoi to the ancient village of Duong Lam:
+ Bus No. 71 from My Dinh bus station to Son Tay bus station.

+ Bus No. 73 from My Dinh bus station to Thay Pagoda.
+ Bus No. 89 from Yen Nghia bus station to Son Tay bus station.
From Son Tay bus station, you can take a motorbike taxi or taxi to the ancient village of Duong Lam.

Bus to Village

Private vehicles

Private vehicles are a good choice when you don’t have to wait for public transportation and it is an easy move.

+ Go to Thang Long Boulevard, and turn right at Hoa Lac T-junction. Follow Route 21 through Son Loc to the intersection with Route 32 and you will see a signpost leading to Duong Lam.

+ Follow route 32 to Son Tay town. At the intersection with road 21, there will be a turn to Duong Lam village on the left side.

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