Top five charming ancient villages in Hanoi

Many tourists' first impressions of Hanoi's ancient villages are peaceful, ancient, and breathtakingly beautiful. When you visit the villages that are several hundred years old, you will enjoy the peaceful environment and learn about the traditional architecture of the Vietnamese people that dates back to the 1900s.

1- Duong Lam ancient village

Duong Lam, a typical northern Vietnam village with many preserved ancient features, provides a peaceful and nostalgic weekend getaway.

Duong Lam Village, located 45 kilometers west of downtown Hanoi in the capital's Son Tay Town, has many enchanting historical and cultural features. It has 956 historic houses, some of which were built in 1649, 1703, and around 1850. Because it was the birthplace of Phung Hung and Ngo Quyen, this area is also known as "the land of two kings". When you arrive, you may be surprised to learn that there are houses in the village that are over 300 years old.

Amongst tens of thousands of Vietnamese villages, Duong Lam is the first to be recognized as a national-level artistic site of architecture.

There is no other place where you can enjoy the ancient, serene space that has been almost entirely preserved, complete with moss-covered house lines and old roads.

Visitors can visit Duong Lam ancient village at any time of year, but if you come in September, which is supposed to be rice harvesting season, you will see more straw-covered village roads with gorgeously golden yellow color that may catch your eyes immediately, allowing you to take photos and enjoy the fragrant smell of the rice.

2- Cu Da village

Cu Da village is located in the Thanh Oai district of Hanoi, in the Cu Khe commune. It is regarded as one of the two oldest villages in the former Ha Tay. Its ancient and tranquil beauty draws a large number of tourists and researchers from both within and outside the country. Cu Da village is a symbol of Vietnamese ancient villages in the northern delta areas, as well as cultural sediments of great value that have been preserved to this day.

The entire village is built on the banks of the Nhue River, a testament to the ancients' beliefs. The convenient location for trade has brought prosperity and wealth to the village; thus, it is easy to understand that the village's most developed period was the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when the wet rice industry grew strongly.

The ancient village of Cu Da not only has three- or five-compartment houses like other villages, but it also has French-style houses built hundreds of years ago. The village still has old trees, communal houses, pagodas, village gates, and old houses, all of which give visitors the impression that they are traveling back in time.

The village's structure is designed in the shape of fish bones. Hundreds of small alleys radiate from the main village road and lead into the villages. The majority of the houses in the village are Western style or a mix of Eastern and Western styles, making it difficult to get lost.

3- Dong Ngac Village

This village is located near the center of Hanoi's capital, right next to the Hong River, and it is a traditional delta village dating back over 400 years but still in its original form.

As a land with many talents, or people who worked in important positions of the national system in the Le, Mac, and Nguyen dynasties (from the 15th century on), the houses here were quite sophisticated, with many valuable wooden columns such as ironwood and chrysanthemum.

Dong Ngac village has a mix of ancient French schools in addition to the architecture imprinted by feudal dynasties. Typically, the primary school is located near the communal house and is outfitted with small pavilions that are painted yellow. However, when the European style was introduced here, it was also modified to suit the tastes of the people. This school's roof is still carved with more dragon shapes, flying lotus flowers, and is slightly curved in the traditional style.

Today, Dong Ngac village lives up to the adage "old village in the city." The modern and the ancient are inextricably linked. Many houses are built in the style of a large beautiful villa while retaining the short old house next door. Even in newer homes, stone lions and ancient wells with nostalgic directions can be found.

4- Uoc Le village

Uoc Le Village is in Tan Uoc Commune, Thanh Oai District, about 30 kilometers southwest of Hanoi. This location is well-known for producing pork sausage (“giò chả” in Vietnamese), which has entered the culinary lives of many Vietnamese people not only in the village but also in Hanoi and other provinces.

The village's Uoc Le Gate, one of the most beautiful village gates still standing today, contains the soul of Vietnamese souls built during the Mac Dynasty.

Come here to enjoy the peaceful and quiet village with lush green bamboo, straight areca trees, and time-worn walls. Traces of the past can be found on each stone, each mossy wall in the roof of the house, the well, and the market dome. Visitors to Uoc Le will also be given the opportunity to learn about the profession of making pork sausage.

Fortunately, despite recent rapid development, Uoc Le village has remained relatively unaffected. The delegations here are fully integrated into the village's activities. As a result, the ancient village with traditional crafts gradually becomes an appealing destination in the traditional village tourist attractions.

5- Cuu village

The Cuu Village is located in Hanoi's Van Tu commune, Phu Xuyen district.

This simple old village on the banks of the Nhue River has seen changes in geography and time. According to legend, the village land was once nothing more than a jumble of dykes on the banks of the Nhue River, before the displaced people arrived and gradually settled down. According to the village's old guard, that was at least 500 years ago.

Nowadays, the village retains a few small and diverse architectural heritage buildings that are mixed in with modern houses. Moss-covered mansions deteriorate over time due to a lack of care and restoration. Only a few conservation projects have been completed.

The houses in the village are unique in their combination of ancient Vietnamese architecture (curved roof tiles, pillars) and French architecture (arch design). When the most beautiful houses in Hanoi's Old Quarter have inherited this style, the influence of Western architecture is easy to understand. The construction of these works took place between 1920 and 1945.

In addition to visiting the Old Village, you can take a walk along the banks of the nearby Nhue River. The dyke banks have lovely grass where you can have a small picnic.


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