44km from Hanoi, Duong Lam ancient village, located in Son Tay District, Hanoi. Duong Lam is the hometown of Ngo Quyen and Phung Hung King, therefore, it is also called “land of two kings”. To this day, Duong Lam village retains the basic features of a village in the North with the village gate, banyan tree, water landing, communal. With 956 traditional houses, in 2006, Duong Lam became the first ancient village to be awarded the National Cultural Historical Site title. A Duong Lam tour is a great option for you to learn more about Vietnam culture.
Duong Lam village
You can go to Duong Lam ancient village at any time of the year by yourself or with the help of a Vietnam travel agency. However, the festival season and ripe rice season is the most proper time for a trip.
House in Duong Lam
There are many festivals taken place in lunar January every year. During this time, you can have a Duong Lam biking tour to enjoy the air of the festival. The most popular festival is Mong Phu traditional festival that is celebrated from the 4th to the 10th January lunar calendar. The village’s worship ceremony is held at the oldest communal house with activities such as the procession, offering pigs, offering chickens, etc. Then people in the village will take part in folk games such as chess, chicken, blindfolded duck, that create an exciting festive atmosphere. Six days later, the festival of Dong Sang village was organized. The goal of this festival was praying for the national security and good harvest by performing many attractive activities such as lion dance, water procession, and sacrifice. The procession from the village to the Red River with dragon, unicorn, horse, flag lasts for nearly a day. Going to Duong Lam Street during this time, you will enjoy the very exciting festive atmosphere and many special foods that only appear at the festival.
Traditional food making
You can also take a Duong Lam countryside tour on the ripping rice season. On May 6th every year, Duong Lam is in the rice harvesting season that is also the time when visitors love the most. The roads in Duong Lam are filled with paddy and dry rice, creating a peaceful and rustic village that you rarely see anywhere. Duong Lam ancient village has 956 ancient houses, including many houses built in 1649, 1703, and 1850. These ancient houses are made of traditional materials: Laterite, oak wood, bamboo, terracotta tiles, etc.
You cannot miss the chance to see Mong Phu Village Gate. This is the only ancient port left in Duong Lam. The village gate was built in the post-Le dynasty, with a unique architecture that is different from many other traditional village gates, with a two-sloping roof, a penthouse, and a rooftop covering the port. The Mong Phu Gate, with its banyan tree, water wheel, lotus pond, creates a unique landscape of the old North Vietnamese village. Mong Phu village was built nearly 380 years ago, on a central land of the village at 1800m2 wide.
Beside the gate, you can visit Mong Phu village hall. The design of Mong Phu is a unique Vietnamese-Muong architecture with wood flooring. The communal house consists of two chapels and a harem with many non-parallel sentences hung inside. It was built with 48 wooden columns engraved many dragon patterns, phoenix shape. It brings many architectural and cultural values to the country.
You can also go to see Giang Van Minh Detective Church. It was built from the reign of Emperor Tu Duc to worship and remember the merit of the Detective Giang Van Minh. The church faces south with a special traditional architecture shape. Today, the church has become a fascinating place for visitors to learn about the history and culture of Vietnam. In your journey, you can try many traditional foods here such as Buds, peanuts and sesame candy made of very raw ingredients such as peanuts, sugar, malt, sesame, rice flour.
The above destinations are among the most interesting place to visit on a Duong Lam tour. Try to visit all the above destination will surely help you to understand much more about Vietnamese culture.