"After a fifteen minute drive we arrive at a very old village. This village is the beginning of the place Duong Lam. To get in here you first have to go through a large entrance gate. No new construction is allowed in this village. High-rise buildings certainly not. This way everything stays authentic. The streets are quiet. Not many scooters and sporadic car traffic. Almost all houses have a heavy wooden front door. We pass someone who uses a kind of trailer as a barbeque. A few skewers of satay lie on a grid and further down the rack is a large ball of clay. Adam explains to me that this contains chicken that they bake in this way. In the center there is a large 'communal house'. The village meetings are held here, gathered for funerals and festive events. We continue through the quiet streets and pass an old village well. Here people get their water out, because a river flows underneath."
Duong Lam - is located on the right bank of the Red River about 50 km northwest of Hanoi. If you are in Hanoi, you must visit this authentic Vietnamese village. Duong Lam old actually comprises 9 villages, of which Mong Phu is the most important. It can be said that the ancient village of Duong Lam comes in second place after the ancient cities of Hoi An and Hanoi.
The village has a history that goes back around 1200 years. It is known as a museum of laterite stones with 956 old houses up to 400 years old. It is also the only place in Vietnam where two kings were born, Phung Hung (? -800) and Ngo Quyen (896-944). They come from Duong Lam, giving the village more prestige.
The village is known for its remaining laterite stone houses, built three to four centuries ago. Laterite, red clay is formed from a weathered raw material that is found in North Vietnam. In addition to its historical value, Duong Lam is an important place for scientists to study residents and old agriculture. The old village of Duong Lam has a very peaceful appearance, the landscape exudes the pure beauty of a northern rural village.
Duong Lam has retained most of the characteristics of an old village with a village gate, banyan trees, water supply, temples etc ..
The map of the streets of Duong Lam has the special shape of a fishing grade. You will be impressed by the small villages that are interconnected into a unity of customs, customs and beliefs that have not changed for thousands of years. You hear the crowing of the rooster early in the morning, or the sound of sweeping broom, or leaves that rustle, ... it is quite a lot than the noisy and bustling city.
Imagine that you come to Duong Lam on a sunny weekday, the rushing wind with the taste of native grasslands is reflected in the landscape, everything is calm ....
An ideal place for those who want to stay away from the bustle of the city, to feel the peace and quiet of the impressive Vietnamese countryside, where the hectic pace has disappeared.
When you come to the old village, the most special thing that you should not miss is viewing the architecture of the Mong Phu village gate and the Mong Phu community house (real center of political and religious life). The village gate was built in 1833, above the village gate are also the words "The Hung Hoai Dai Dai", roughly translated as "always talented people". This is the pride of the people of Duong Lam and also the place to preserve the old characteristics that reflect the "spirit, talent" of the old Vietnamese village. The Mong Phu municipal house was built in 1684 - a typical common house for a Vietnamese traditional community house.
Further attractions include the Mia Pagoda, the Phung Hung Temple, the Ngo Quyen Temple and the Mong Phu Mansion, which have been restored. But you also have to look at the local crafts and other cultural remains that can be seen in the village.
The village is famous for its 'tuong' soy sauce. This is made from corn. Depending on the temperature, the tuong will be in barrels for 4 to 5 days, but the most favorable season is in May and June. You often see the barrels in a courtyard of a home. The villagers use the same manual technique, namely using rain water.
Corn and soy barrels