Duong Lam Ancient Village – A Perfect Destination For A New Year Holiday
Duong Lam Ancient Village is located about 50 km northwest of downtown Hanoi. This village is a perfect choice for those who are looking for a peaceful countryside atmosphere. Travelers will find most of the features of a typical northern village: banyan trees, water wells, communal yards, temples, winding village brick roads, laterite walls, and old wooden houses.
Located in the heart of the Red River Delta, Duong Lam used to be the center of agriculture and industry in Northern Vietnam. The area was settled around 1.200 years ago and consisted of nine hamlets scattered across Duong Lam Commune.
|On January 20, a large number of tourists came to Duong Lam Ancient Village to participate in the program "Vietnamese Village Tet 2024". Photo: VietnamNet
In 2005, Duong Lam was the first ancient village in Vietnam declared a National Cultural and Historical Relic, which ushered in a preservation and restoration program. The conservation of five brick houses in Duong Lam helped the village get an award of merit from the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation in 2014.
Duong Lam ancient village, a serene destination located in Northern Vietnam, is the perfect choice for tourists to enjoy exciting activities during the Lunar New Year holiday. It remains the art and architecture of an ancient village in the Red River Delta. Being known as the “living community,” there are many generations who have been living here.
|International tourists attending the event. Photo: Vietnamnet
On January 20, a large number of tourists flocked to Duong Lam Ancient Village to participate in the event "Vietnamese Village Tet 2024," which took place over 2 days. This is the third year the program has been held with the participation of embassies, international organizations, foreign business representative offices, international students, and travel businesses.
The traditional Tet space of Northern Vietnamese villages is vividly recreated at Duong Lam. Right at the gate of Mong Phu village is the water puppet art performance from artists of Dao Thuc water puppet village (Dong Anh, Hanoi). Many historical stories are re-enacted such as King Ly Thai To moving the capital to Thang Long, Phung Hung fighting a tiger, and other interesting stories.
At Mong Phu communal house, there are a series of exciting activities such as lion and dragon dancing, making Banh Chung, watching a monk write calligraphy, and creating traditional To He toys.
|The beautiful painted conical hats at the event. Photo: Vietnamnet
Visitors can experience the traditional Tet market space with booths introducing Duong Lam specialties, and handicraft products of many famous craft villages such as Chuong village conical hats and Dong Ho paintings.
Artist Le Van Tuy, who is from Thanh Oai, Hanoi, brought Non La products to the "Vietnamese Village Tet" event in Duong Lam village for the first time. He was very surprised when the event attracted a large number of domestic and international tourists.
Traditional folk games such as catching loaches in jars, cockfighting, smashing pots blindfolded, and other activities were enjoyed by tourists. Groups of students from the city center also visited the ancient village and experienced making Dong Ho paintings and conical hats with artisans.
|The delicious traditional foods were presented at the event. Photo: Vietnamnet
Sharing with VietNamnet correspondent, Tran Anh Tuan - Secretary of Son Tay Town Party Committee said that the number of visitors to the "Vietnamese Village Tet" event increased 5 times compared to 2022.
"This year, the festival brings together about 40 artisans from many different craft villages to bring visitors the most diverse and attractive experiences,” he said.
At Mong Phu Communal House, the Management Board of Duong Lam Ancient Village Relics brings traditional art forms such as Xam, Tuong, and Cheo to serve tourists on the weekend.
|Festival season in Duong Lam Village takes place annually in January of the lunar calendar. Photo: Vietnamnet
Festival season in Duong Lam Village takes place annually in January of the lunar calendar. The ceremony is held at the communal house with processions, offering pigs, and raising chickens. These cultural symbols create a joyful and bustling festive atmosphere.
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