Ha Noi is not only known for its development, its skyscrapers, but also well-known for its ancient beauty created from the length of history and culture. So if you make a Vietnam tour to Hanoi but ignore the ancient destinations of this place, you’ll definitely miss a really interesting thing. Apart from the near destinations like Hoan Kiem Lake, Great Cathedral, West Lake,… ancient streets are also unique features that attract tourists from all over the world to enjoy the realistic Hanoi atmosphere. If you are interested in Ha Noi traditional infrastructures which help to build up the Vietnamese culture, it’s really worth paying a visit to Duong Lam ancient village for three reasons as bellow.
A picturesque scenery of Duong Lam ancient village
Firstly, Duong Lam is believed to be a typical ancient Vietnamese village. Undertaking thousands years of history, the village still possesses its original structure with village gate, Da tree, river wharf, temple yard, pagoda, shrine, water well, rice field, buffalo, knob. Nowhere in Vietnam can you find all these factors of an ancient village rather than Duong Lam.
A place that people in Duong Lam village express their honor to Ngo Quyen – a grand captain of Vietnam.
Learning about Vietnamese history is another reason for tourist to visit Duong Lam. Historical stories about famous kings and heroes and the history of ancient places which accompanies with Vietnamese history can help visitors wallow in the past time of the hero country – Vietnam. If you want to discover Vietnamese history, then Duong Lam is your good choice. Next, not only can you study about our history, you can also know more about our culture. When taking a trip to Duong Lam, you can join in a realistic Vietnamese country life, live with the village atmosphere and try our traditional food. Duong Lam people are proud of their sauces called “Tuong” which appears in their every single meal.
Duong Lam people are the last catalyst for visiting there. They are very friendly and willing to tell you about their lives, their village places and history. They still keep the original Vietnamese characteristics of being hard- working, honest and helpful. Wondering along the village, it’s easy for you to catch some familiar scenes of children playing on the temple yard or farmers towing their buffaloes after a field day.
Taking a ride around this beautiful accent place is such a wonderful experience.
And, if there is one thing tourists would love to take away from their visit, it has to be the mesmerizing architecture of the whole village and each house in particular. Duong Lam has all of what it takes to be called an ancient traditional village: gates, banyan trees, village ponds, communal houses, ancient wells, temples, pagodas, paddy fields, etc. A little more humble than Hoi An in terms of scale, area, and reputation, Duong Lam is not any less rich impressive regarding the ancient architectural beauty.
This beautifully sculptured construction should be the first stop in the trip before tourists get to know more about specific houses because there are always some helpful volunteer elderly villagers there to introduce the place and give useful information for travelers. They will never forget to invite tourists a nice cup of tea for cooling down in a hot summer day.
Visits and lunch at well preserved ancient houses can be seen the highlight of trips to Duong Lam. The rural design and meticulous arrangement of household items can easily make any visitors imagine they are in a movie set in a Vietnamese countryside centuries ago.
Wooden houses with 5-7 spans and 2 wings surrounded by brownish laterite walls keep indoor atmosphere cool in summer and warm in winter.
Having lunch in the rustic spacious settings would be a memorable experience. The meals consist of Vietnamese countryside dishes which are sure to satisfy the pickiest of eaters.
Along with the development of Vietnamese economics, Duong Lam standard of living is also highly enhanced. In spite of that, because of people’s consciousness in preserving the national culture, the beauty of Duong Lam remains attractive to tourists from all around the world.
So, if you and even your family members are curious people who love discovering the culture and nature of Vietnam, then Duong Lam village won’t be enough, that’s why I also made an article about a full journey in a family size to the most popular and interesting places in North of Vietnam HERE. And I think it could help you a lot in finding the right directions to totally enjoy your Vietnam tour.
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