Retaining the basic characteristics of Vietnamese ancient villages, Duong Lam ancient village with its unique architecture has welcomed many tourists from all over the world.
Covered with banyan trees’ generous shades, the village brings about the peaceful atmosphere at its best.
Duong Lam Ancient Village
Far from Hanoi center about 50km, Duong Lam ancient village is located in Son Tay Town, Hanoi. The whole village is considered as a unique laterite museum with ancient houses dating back for more than 400 years ago. Duong Lam was the home of 2 Vietnamese kings, Ngo Quyen and Phung Hung. Their mausoleum is still located here. The village was recognized as National Historical & Cultural Monument on May 19th, 2006. It is the first ancient village of Vietnam to be recognized.
Different from Hoi An’s ancient town or Hanoi Old Quarter’s vibrant vibe of urban lifestyle in the earlier centuries, Duong Lam ancient village is more like a rural area, heavily affected by agricultural lifestyle. Strongly inspired by Vietnamese traditional culture, Duong Lam ancient village has a main wooden gate with porticoes curvy roof. (which is typical in Nothern area). Surrounding the village is the system of ponds creating charming scenery, which helps to reduce the heat of summer during extreme hot days of the North. A large number of ancient houses built with laterite and ironwood pillars gives the village the very special ancient beauty. Most ancient houses maintained fences, gates, courtyard, gardens, main house, outbuildings, kitchens, ranches, …, which are familiar specifically to the image of Thang Long – Hanoi.
Total area is 800.25ha wide. The complex of ancient village has 9 small villages, which are Mong Phu, Dong Sang, Doai Giap, Cam Thinh, Cam Lam, Phu Khang, Ha Tan, Hung Thinh and Van Mieu in Son Tay city. Tourists are suggested to come to Mia Pagoda (built in 15th century and admire 287 statues of all sizes), Mong Phu communal house’s gate (built in 1833), Ngo Quyen Mausoleum (a national hero who fought against Mongolian armed force in 938) and Tay Phuong Pagoda on the way walking around Duong Lam village. Built in the 8th century, Tay Phuong Pagoda is the best instance of old typical pagodas in the North of Vietnam. You might want to see the 18 ancient Arhan statues located in Tay Phuong Pagoda.
On the other hand, Van Phuc silk village can be an interesting stop for your trip. With the fame of Vietnam’s best silk produced from once, Van Phuc silk village offers travelers knowledge about silk making process and finest silk products with affordable prices to bring back home. Additionally, if you are spending more time to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, having lunch prepared by the local host is undoubtedly new experience to all modern citizens, especially for foreigners. Some must-try local food for travallers are roasted pork, traditional soy sauce, Mia chicken, peanut candy, … Duong Lam’s villagers are friendly and hospitable. You may join them producing local specialties such as soft green-lentil cake and rice cake filled with brown onion if you are lucky enough to come at the right time.
Visit Duong Lam with our clients
Heading to Son Tay province to visit Duong Lam ancient village on a bus is a good idea for travelers. Take bus No. 71, if you are coming from My Dinh station; bus No. 70, if you are coming from Kim Ma station; or bus No. 77, if you are coming from Ha Dong station. All the bus routes stop at Son Tay station, where you can take a taxi or xe om (taxi bike) to arrive in Duong Lam village. However, you still need to walk around the wide area to explore each of the historical attraction. If walking around takes too much time and effort, you can try renting a bicycle. They offer hourly rent or full-day rent depending on your preference.
Thanks to the demand of staying for the night at the ancient village, there is a homestay opened in the area to serve the special guests coming from all over the world. The homestay is located in He quarter (called “Xom He”), Mong Phu, Duong Lam village, Son Tay province, Ha Noi. Decorated as much alike as possible, staying the night at the homestay can give tourists the feeling of being a part of the ancient village with peaceful, traditional Northern Vietnamese lifestyle. If you are much of a cultural explorer, the place is definitely where you meant to come.