You are going on a Vietnam tour visiting all parts of the country, and now you wonder if there is a short journey to join on your last day? Or you just have a limited time and you cannot cover an overnight trip elsewhere? A day tour to Duong Lam might be of your interest, especially if you wish to understand more about Vietnam traditional culture.
The name sounds new, but in fact, Duong Lam was the first rural village to be recognized as national cultural asset in November 2005, and recently awarded Cultural Heritage Conservation in 2013 by UNESCO. Situated about 50km to the west of Hanoi, and also known as "the homeland of two kings" (King Ngo Quyen and King Phung Hung) or "laterite ancient village", Duong Lam is a typical Northern village with 9 different agricultural villages, maintaining a lot of traditional activities and lifestyle.
It takes around 1.5-hour scenic road trip to reach the village, and it's like escaping the noise and emissions to enjoy fresh air of the countryside. On the way we will stop to visit a silk making factory in Van Phuc Silk Village, which is famous with the unique silk making techniques. The other stop is Tay Phuong (West) Pagoda, well known for its stunning 18 monk statues.
When arrive Duong Lam, we enter the village through a big gate near an old banyan tree, and this is a special cultural feature in Vietnam countryside. The first impression is that almost all ancient houses here are made with laterite brick walls and big wooden doors.
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