44km from Hanoi, Duong Lam ancient village is the perfect choice if you are looking for a tranquil countryside to rest after the chaos of life. This place also preserves many old architectural houses with brick streets, laterite walls, and cultural features of the northern countryside. Let’s “pocket” now the newest ancient village travel experience below!
Best time to travel to Duong Lam Ancient Village
You can go to the ancient village at any time of the year. However, the festive season and the rice ripening season is the most appropriate time for a trip.
The festival season of Duong Lam village takes place in the January lunar month every year. Mong Phu village’s traditional festival, which takes place from 4th to 10th, is considered the holiest festival of the year. The village Thanh Hoang ceremony held at the oldest village communal house with the process of the procession, offering pigs, offering chickens, … Then people in the village will participate in folk games such as human chess, chess, fighting. chicken … creates a cheerful, noisy festival atmosphere.
6 days later, the festival of Dong Sang village will be held, praying for the national peace and good crops. There are many interesting activities such as lion dance, water procession, and rituals. The water procession starts from the communal house to the bank of the Red River with dragons, unicorns, horses, flags, … lasting for nearly a day. Coming to Duong Lam during this time, you will enjoy the exciting festival atmosphere and enjoy the specialties that are only available during the festival.
The golden rice season
In May and June every year – when the rice fields are at full maturity, Duong Lam on seasonal days is also the time when tourists flock here the most. The roads in Duong Lam are covered with paddy and dry straw, creating a quiet, peaceful village scene that is rare anywhere.
How to get to Duong Lam? Transportation to visit Duong Lam
Located in the suburbs of Hanoi, the move to the Duong Lam is quite easy. You can go to Duong Lam in the following ways:
Come to Duong Lam
There are 3 public bus routes from Hanoi to the Duong Lam:
- bus number 71 from My Dinh bus station to Son Tay bus station, fare 20.000 VND
- bus number 73 from My Dinh bus station to Thay pagoda, fare 10.000 VND
- bus number 89 from Yen Nghia bus station to Son Tay bus station, fare 9.000 VND
From Son Tay bus station, you can take a taxi or “xe om” to the Duong Lam.
You can rent a motorbike from Hanoi to go to Duong Lam
- You should check the route before going.
- Bring maps or phone with internet access to use Google Maps
By local bus
You can also choose My Dinh – Phu Tho bus service to Duong Lam with a travel time of about 1 hour 15 mins.
Moving around Duong Lam
Once you get to Duong Lam, you can rent a bicycle right here to explore all the tourist attractions in this place. Bicycle rental costs from 30,000 – 50,000 VND / person/ per hour or you can rent all day for about 80,000 – 100.000 VND
Staying and resting at Duong Lam
Due to its proximity to Hanoi, tourists often come to Duong Lam and return on the same day. However, if you are far from Duong Lam or want to stay to enjoy the peaceful village atmosphere, the hotels and motels in Son Tay will be the right choice for you.
Places to visit in Duong Lam
Mong Phu village gate
This is the only old gate remaining to this day in Duong Lam. The village gate was built in the Hau Le dynasty, with a different architecture from the traditional village gate. The village gate together with banyan trees, water wharf, and lotus pond – a typical scene of the old northern village.
Mong Phu communal house
Th was built nearly 380 years ago on a central land of the village, about 1800m2 wide. The design of the communal house is bold Vietnamese – Muong architecture, simulating the architecture of a stilt house with wooden floors away from the ground.
Duong Lam ancient village has 956 old houses. These old houses are all made from traditional materials: laterite, oval wood, bamboo, terracotta bricks, tiles, …
Duong Lam ancient well
Previously, the village well was the place where people took water for daily life. The old wells here are located in high, cool places, near the communal house, temple, or the center of the village.
Phung Hung Temple
Phung Hung Temple was established in many places but the temple in Duong Lam village is the largest temple with unique architecture.
Mausoleum and Temple of Ngo Quyen
About 500m from Phung Hung temple is Ngo Quyen mausoleum. The complex of temples and mausoleums of Ngo Quyen was built on Cam hill, in front is a large rice field.
- Depart from Hanoi
- Visiting famous tourist attractions by walking or renting a bicycle.
- Have some talks with the locals in their ancient houses by visiting the ancient houses of Mr. Lam, Mr. Ha, and Mr. Huyen
- Enjoy your special lunch with Vietnamese foods in an ancient house.
- After lunch and rest, you will continue to visit some other places such as Mia Pagoda, Ngo Quyen temple, and Phung Hung temple.
- Driving back to Hanoi.