Duong Lam village Vietnam – A trace back to origins

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Duong Lam village Vietnam

Duong Lam ancient village is on the outskirts of Hanoi, about 60 km west of Hanoi  and also known as a museum of laterite, home to many houses dating back up to 400 years. One special thing about the village is that most of the buildings here are made of laterite and mud, two materials that are abundant in the area. The village has also been described as the last stronghold of wet rice farming culture in northern Vietnam.

Ancient house’ architecture

The ancient houses are run by families who have lived on and worked the land for generations. Coming to an acient housestay, you will stay amongst the locals and see their daily routines surrounded by breathtaking scenery in a peaceful setting.

The folk houses in Duong Lam village Vietnam are seft-contained, emcompassed by walls. The entrance and exit can be made only through the gate facing the lane. In the middle of house’s precinct is the yard. The main house faces the yeard and does not face the lane directly. On one side of the yeard is a well.

The precinct of the house is generally rectangular in shape, and the gate is usually placed at eh side of precinct instead of directly facing the main house

The wooden house mainly has 5 or 7 spans with 2 wings. It has 5 rows of columns, sometime 1 row disappears. The house has specialized by sophisticatedly carved details in the form of flowers, leaves, clouds.

A system of wooden doors is very firm. Each span has 4 leaves of the door with upper and lower joints. Thresholds were made of firm wood above 40-50cm from the ground and 10cm from the floor. This distance helps to ventilate well, avoid humidity for the thresholds. The whole system of the thresholds is the tie system linking all spans together.

Tourist attrations

Mong Phu Commune house

The communal house is a worshipping place of the god – founder of the village. . The god Tan Vien Son was dedicated in Mong Phu communal house. So far, Mong Phu communal house is a gathering place of the villagers for cultural activities. The communal house was made carefully with sophisticated decoration details. It is considered as a flower of unique sculptural architecture.

Mia Pagoda

The pagoda is built in 15 th century and admire 287 statues of all sizes, among with are famous sculpture such as the statue of Buddha in the Himalayas and the statues of the Eight Vajra Deities.

Highlights of the pagoda is Mia Tong Quan Âm Tu (0.76 m high), often called the Ba ocular. This subject described a woman modest, with grace, of boring but at very lenient. Road features engraved soft, machine sliding.

What to do

Enjoy hands-on experiences  such as walking tour, cycling, chatting with locals living in the ancient houses, great local foods supply in an local acient house, visting pagoda and seeing rural market . You will see their daily routines surrounded by breathtaking scenery in a peaceful area.

Soybean souce “Tuong”

No one in Duong Lam has any idea when the first soy sauce was made in the village. “Before I was born,” you might hear. But it’s been around for many generations.

Soy sauce is made from glutinous rice, soybeans, corn and salt. It’s made using stone mortars, copper pans, steamers, frying pans, baskets and jars. Soy sauce makers choose their materials very carefully. They make soy sauce mostly in May and June because this is optimum soy sauce making weather. Duong Lam villagers continue to make soy sauce by hand and for them rainwater is a necessary ingredient.
Soy sauce is used with almost every meal eaten in Duong Lam village Vietnam. People dip their boiled water morning-glory, meat and just about every kind of food in it. It’s also brushed on fish when they are fried. Soy sauce is a necessary ingredient of many traditional Duong Lam dishes. The villagers are proud of their soy sauce and they love making it so much.

A difference

If Ha Noi’s old quarter and Hoi An’s ancient town are relics of an ancient urban lifestyle, then Duong Lam’s old village is a valuable relic of rural village life, said the keeper of the Mong Phu communal house.

A great place to see

There’s no elsewhere better than Duong Lam village Vietnam to see rural life in Vietnam.

 

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