Duong Lam Ancient Village is an old village in the northwest of 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 northern 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.
It can be visited in half day or one day, you will 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, you can choose to cycle (or walk) 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. The cycling route is taking you along the village roads, giving you 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.
If you are having lunch at a local house in the village before returning to the city, we suggest to reserve lunch at Mr. Hung’s house, the oldest house in Duong Lam village. His house was built in 1649, Hung is the 12th generations living in this well-preserved simple house.
Before heading back to Hanoi, you would love to visit the village’s Catholic church and learn about local people’s belief.
A trip to Duong Lam provides a good look at typical village in North Vietnam, local way of life, and scenic rice paddy fields outside of the hustle and bustle city of Hanoi.