A Day Trip To Duong Lam

I’ve been complaining that my wandering feet are getting itchy. Due to the pandemic, I haven’t traveled anywhere outside of Hanoi (let alone outside the country) since last year, and barely left my house during the Lunar New Year break. Luckily, after the break, the number of cases in our country started to go down again, so one weekend, my sister and I decided to take a quick day trip to Duong Lam, an ancient village (or, rather, a collection of 9 hamlets) just outside of Hanoi. My sister and I share a love for historical houses, so this village, with its 300-year-old houses (still inhabited!), quiet alleyways, and somber temples under the branches of ancient trees, is right up our alley.


The village gatehouse, built under a banyan tree – a symbol of Vietnamese countryside

A typical house

Peach blossoms at the main village temple

We had a great time just wandering down the alleys, dropping into old houses that caught our attention (most of them are open to visitors and the owners are more than happy to tell you about their history; you just have to pay a general entrance fee at the village gate.) We brought my niece, nephew, and their cousins along as well, and although there isn’t much for kids in the village, they, too, had fun running around the fields and being in the countryside.

The countryside around the village

The earthenware jars are to collect rainwater, or, more likely, to make soy sauce

The temple of one of Vietnam’s kings, Ngo Quyen, who came from the area

This row of trees is said to have been there since the 10th century and where the King kept his war elephants


A calligraphy artist selling his works outside the temple (during the Lunar New Year, people often buy calligraphy of auspicious words, for good luck)

We also made some buffaloes out of banyan leaves for the kids (these buffaloes are a traditional toy, and it is the Year of the Buffalo, after all)

All in all, it was a good trip and helped to quench my wanderlust a little bit. With vaccination underway, hopefully there will be more and longer trips to come this year!


3 Comments on “A Day Trip To Duong Lam”

  1. Enjoyed this, Salazar. I also love architectural history. Made me an armchair traveler for a few minutes.

  2. Tim says:

    Looks very green and lovely.


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