Duong Lam Village is an old village in northwest Hanoi, which is about 1.5-hour drive from the city center.
The village is famous for well-preserved old houses, and characteristics of a village in Vietnam in the 17th century such as: banyan trees, temples, village wells, and rice fields. Duong Lam village still has 956 old houses, in which the oldest house was built 1649.
ITINERARY FOR DUONG LAM VILLAGE
Depart your hotel on a private car for a 1.5-hour drive to Duong Lam village.
From Mong Phu, Duong Lam village’s famous gate, we cycle through various green farms to Ngo Quyen and Phung Hung temples. Both King Phung Hung (761-802) and King Ngo Quyen (896-944) were born in Duong Lam village, and led resistance wars against northern invasions. After their deaths, villagers built temples to honor them.
In Duong Lam village, alleys were purposely shaped as the bones of a fish, and all alleys lead to the communal house dedicating a tutelary spirit. One then never turns his back to the deities when leaving the house.
Enjoy lunch at Mr. Hung’s house, the oldest house in Duong Lam village. The house was built in 1649, Hung is the 12th generations living in this well-preserved simple house.
Our afternoon cycling route is taking us along the village roads, giving us a great chance to see the old laterite houses and local living styles. Visit Mia Pagoda, which was built in the 15th century to dedicate to Mia Lady. Some 287 statues of all sizes will be seen in this pagoda.
Before heading back to Hanoi on our car, visit the village’s Catholic church and learn about local people’s belief. Our tour to Duong Lam village ends at your hotel. (L)
What DUONG LAM VILLAGE is Like
Duong Lam Village is Level 1, or Easy. This is a day tour to ancient village locating west of Hanoi, a great day out to the countryside of north Vietnam. Transfer from/to the village takes about 1.5 hours each way, most of tour activities (visit pagoda, temple, ancient houses) take place within the village.