Duong Lam Ancient Village is a perfect spot where guests can get a knowledge into a normal field way of life of the northern delta area in Vietnam with a banyan tree, water well and public house, and a day in Duong Lam is similar to a trek once more to customs of the farmland.
Located in Son Tay Town and nearly a two hour drive from the center of Hanoi, Duong Lam is said to have existed for around 1,200 years with many temples and communal houses in tact. The most special thing about the first ancient village to be recognized as a national relic is hundreds of old houses made of wood and laterite, a popular building material in the area, 400 years ago.
To visit Duong Lam, you need to buy entrance tickets at Mong Phu Gate by a huge, ancient banyan tree. A day in the ancient village is enough for normal tourists but those who want to further explore and experience the lives of locals in a typical rural village in Vietnam should stay there longer and they can find rooms to spend overnight.
Visitors can ask the village’s management for advice on ancient houses to visit. They will have a chance to talk to the houses’ owners, taste tea, admire distinctive architecture of traditional houses and join the daily activities of locals like farming, production of traditional sweets and cakes.
Duong Lam got the 2013 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation in February for a project to restore historic buildings in the village.