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Duong Lam ancient village travel guide

Go through vicissitude of history, the ancient village of Duong Lam still retains the basic characteristics of a village in the North with village gates, banyan trees, water wharves, communal yards, … with 956 traditional houses. If you consider the old town of Hanoi and Hoi An as an “Urban Lifestyle Museum”, then the ancient village in Duong Lam is like the “Agricultural Lifestyle Museum”.

Duong Lam ancient village

Brief introduction


National Ancient Village in Duong Lam is about 5 km from the center of Son Tay town. Duong Lam was once a small hamlet, now a commune consisting of 9 villages, covering an area of ​​about 800 hectares with a population of nearly 10,000 people in Son Tay town, Hanoi.

What is Duong Lam ancient village famous for?

This is a typical Vietnamese (Kinh) village, a brilliant crystallization of the development over thousands of years of the Red River delta civilization. Duong Lam is an ancient Vietnamese Village that is both beautiful in its natural beauty and rich in cultural and historical traditions. A number of ancient relics still concentrated can be mentioned in the villages: Mong Phu, Dong Sang, Cam Lam, Doai Giap, and Van Mieu.

Duong Lam ancient village

Best time to visit Duong Lam village

Generally, you can go to Duong Lam at any time of the year because the location of Duong Lam is quite close to Hanoi and you can go back in about half a day. However, maybe you should consider a little about the weather before coming here to have a nice trip.

On May / September:

According to the Duong Lam locals, the best time to come to Duong Lam is in the rice season of May or September. At this time, all roads around the village are lined with dry straw after the harvest.

Duong Lam ancient village

On June of August:

If you want to combine to go to Duong Lam and some vacation destinations in Son Tay such as Ao Vua, Khoang Xanh … you can go in the summer around June to August. The weather at this time in Hanoi is quite hot. Therefore, it will a great idea to visit suitable locations like this.

At the end of the year

Ba Vi National Park is colored in bright yellow by anemones. So you can combine to go to Duong Lam and Ba Vi on the same day.

How to get to Duong Lam ancient village from Hanoi?

Public transport

If you want to use public transport, you can take one of the following buses to get to Duong Lam:

  • Route 70A: My Dinh – Trung Ha: Arriving at the entrance to Duong Lam ferry, you can get down and walk to the other side of the road.
  • Route 71 (My Dinh) or 77 (Yen Nghia) to Son Tay Bus Station: From Son Tay Bus Station, you need to add a motorbike taxi or taxi to Duong Lam. (More than 6km)

Private vehicles

For those who use a personal vehicle, such as a car or motorbike, you have 2 options for routes to Duong Lam:

Thang Long Boulevard:

Follow this road to Hoa Lac, there will be a sign to Son Tay. Then you turn right and go straight for more than 10km to the intersection of 105. From this intersection go straight. To the end of this road, you will meet the big roundabout on NH32, follow the roundabout to turn left in the direction of Trung Ha, pass the roundabout and look across the road to see the sea and go to Duong Lam ancient village.

Take route 32 to Trung Ha:

Keep going along this road to the right turn to Vinh Thinh Bridge. Then past the roundabout to the left. That is the road to the ancient village of Duong Lam.

Where to visit in Duong Lang ancient village?

Gate of Mong Phu village

There are many entrances to Duong Lam, but the only remaining ancient gate of the village to this day is located in Mong Phu. In ancient Vietnamese architecture, the village gate is understood as the door of a house. Accordingly, this architecture is a sign marking the inside and outside of the village space and is a ritual in the indispensable structure of a village. Mong Phu village gate was built in the Hau Le period, in 1553, during the reign of King Le Than Tong.

Mong Phu communal house

The communal house was built in 1553 during the reign of King Le Than Tong to worship Holy Tong – one of the four immortals of the Vietnamese people. And in the reign of King Tu Duc in 1859, the communal house was expanded for an outer communal house and two colonial left houses on both sides. Besides, at this time, the King built a surrounding flower wall and four pillars in front of the door, covered with couplets and matches. All of that creat a complete and closed architectural block.

Ancient house system in Duong Lam

Besides visiting the ancient village ruins in Duong Lam, ​​visitors cannot ignore a type of precious relic that is the residence of generations of farmers. Those are old houses. It is hidden in the color of tile covered with moss, which is centuries-old. Converging in that house are the customs, traditions. These houses were built with typical materials of the Old Country from the precious and precious woods. In particular, the old houses are often built with laterite bricks, a material available, durable in the ancient ground, so this ancient village is also known as the ancient village of Duong Lam laterite.

Duong Lam ancient village

Mong Phu Catholic Church

The church was started construction in 1954. From the distance, the church stands out among the hundreds of ancient roofs of Duong Lam. The church is newer than the pure Vietnamese houses. When it comes to Catholic history in Vietnam, Mong Phu is indeed praiseworthy.

Ngo Quyen temple and tomb

Ngo Quyen temple and tomb were built on a high hill which is named Cam hill, facing the east. In front of the mausoleum is a wide field between two hillsides; This is probably the most beautiful location of the old Duong Lam hamlet. Ngo Quyen temple was built a long time ago and has been restored many times. The most recent renovation was during the reign of King Tu Duc (1848 – 1883).

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