Being Vietnam historical and cultural heritage, Duong Lam ancient village belongs to Son Tay town, about 50 km far from Hanoi. It is considered the soul of traditional villages with old buildings, wells, courtyards which are more than 100 years old.
Duong Lam ancient village still remains the traditional beauty and cultural characteristics of Vietnamese people. When visiting the village, tourists will have chance to admire typical laterite and muddy houses, the roads which are bending as streams. Duong Lam is also the hometown of 2 kings with 2 temples worshiping Ngo Quyen king and Phung Hung king for their merit of protecting the country from invaders.
Means of transportation to Duong Lam is quite simple. Visitors can travel by motorbike in the direction of Thang Long Avenue or 32 Highway. Another popular mean of transportation is the bus, you can choose 1 of these 3 buses to go to Duong Lam village: Bus number 70 from Kim Ma bus station, bus number 77 from Ha Dong bus station and bus number 71 from My Dinh bus station. Besides, if you have enough money, you also can catch a coach or a taxi arriving from the center of Hanoi to Son Tay town.
When being in Duong Lam ancient village, tourists should go to these famous places in the national historic vestige area:
- Mong Phu temple
Located in the center of the village, the temple was built from Le Trung Hung dynasty then being restored many times. The temple worships the God of Tan Vien mount, one of four immortals of Vietnamese.
- Phung Hung temple
Duong Lam is the hometown of Phung Hung national hero who helped to fight against Duong dynasty (China). To memorize the captain’s merit, people built the temple in a high land area where is surrounded by a lot of old trees.
- Tomb of King Ngo Quyen
Worshiping the first king of Ngo dynasty in Vietnam, the tomb is 500m away from Phung Hung temple. The space is wide-open and there is a large rice paddy in the front. Surrounding the tomb of Ngo Quyen, there are vestiges such as streblus row for tying elephants nearby and Hum hill where the king helped local people to abolish the tiger.
- Mia pagoda
Being built with a small-scale from 1632, the pagoda then has been opened and restored for several times. It now stores a largest number of artistic statues in Vietnam with 287 different statues.
- Ancient houses
Having a tour around Duong Lam, tourists will be impressed by ancient house rows which were made of laterite and have retained the architecture from 400 years ago. Moreover, you also have opportunity to discover the famous method of making jars remained for many years in traditional families.