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Pao's house, a cultural and architectural attraction in Ha Giang province

14:01 | 02/06/2020

Pao's house, which was once the shooting scene of a famous Vietnamese movie, is now a must-see destination in Ha Giang province. The house is home to typical upland architectures, ethnic minority people's simple way of life, and humble locals. 

paos house a cultural and architectural attraction in ha giang province The O Du ethnic group
paos house a cultural and architectural attraction in ha giang province The year-round magic of Y Ty village
paos house a cultural and architectural attraction in ha giang province Unique cultural features of Ha Nhi ethnic minority people
paos house a cultural and architectural attraction in ha giang province
(Photo: Nhan Dan)

This house is the home of four generations and belongs to Mr. Mua Sua Pao. The entire house consists of three U-shaped rows with earth-walled construction. The main row is located at the furthest corner of the house, which has two floors divided into many rooms: guest room, living room, kitchen, warehouse, cattle sheds, etc.

The main yard is considered the "sky well", giving the house a spacious airy space that brings nature and sunlight into the house.

paos house a cultural and architectural attraction in ha giang province
(Photo: Nhan Dan)

The house was chosen as the main context for a famous Vietnamese movie named "Pao's story" back in 2006. Director Do Thanh Hai ran into Mua Sua Pao's house during his field trip in preparation for the film. Deeply impressed by the old house which still retained pretty much of its unique architecture, Hai chose this one-hundred-year-old house to be the main shooting site for his upcoming movie.

The "Pao's story" later won the "Golden Kite Award" - the Vietnamese prestigious movies award - for not only its outstanding content but also its vivid recreation of the upland life, with Pao's house is the highlight.

After the success of the "Pao's story" movie, Mua Sua Pao's house became a hot destination in the Lung Cam village and was mentioned in different news outlets, television channels, radios, etc. Tourists from across the country and foreigners alike flocked to the house.

The small house in the upland area is now one of the most attractive tourist sites in the Dong Van rock plateau, Ha Giang Province, Northern Vietnam.

paos house a cultural and architectural attraction in ha giang province
(Photo: Nhan Dan)

All the materials for constructing the house are carefully selected, according to Nhan Dan. The entire frame is made of fine wood, which can withstand rain and sun for decades.

paos house a cultural and architectural attraction in ha giang province
(Photo: Nhan Dan)

The wooden gate leading to Pao's house flanked by the typical stone fences of the local Mong ethnic people. The fence is completely stacked from big-sized rocks without any cement or mortar.

Peach and plum trees are planted on the two sides of the gates, a familiar scene can be easily seen at any random house in the area.

paos house a cultural and architectural attraction in ha giang province
(Photo: Nhan Dan)

The ying-and-yang roofing patterns on the house is imprinted with time traces. The house's main roof, kitchen, wooden gate, etc., also clearly show the wear-and-tear.

paos house a cultural and architectural attraction in ha giang province
(Photo: Nhan Dan)

"Pao's house" today belongs to Lung Cam village, Sung La commune (Dong Van, Ha Giang), only 25km from the center of Dong Van town.

Lung Cam Village is the shared living place of three ethnic groups: Mong, Han, Lo Lo. The main entrance to the village is now paved with clean concreted road running pass spacious fields.

paos house a cultural and architectural attraction in ha giang province
(Photo: Nhan Dan)

Lung Cam Village is also home to spacious flower fields that boast year-round beauty. As summer is in the air, the village is showing off its charm with cornfields and aromatic rose garden in bloom.

Pho Bang and Sung La are the two areas offering the largest and most stunning rose garden in the area.

paos house a cultural and architectural attraction in ha giang province
(Photo: Nhan Dan)

Being one of the most attractive destinations in Ha Giang, "Pao's house" welcomes a large annual influx of tourists, especially in the triangle flower season (October - December), plum blossoms season and peach blossoms season (January-February).

paos house a cultural and architectural attraction in ha giang province
(Photo: Nhan Dan)
paos house a cultural and architectural attraction in ha giang province
(Photo: Nhan Dan)

Time seems to come to a standstill at the doorsteps where the grandmother and the grandchild - the two generations sitting and talking.

paos house a cultural and architectural attraction in ha giang province
(Photo: Nhan Dan)
paos house a cultural and architectural attraction in ha giang province
(Photo: Nhan Dan)

Upland children are very hardworking. They often help their mom with household works such as mowing the lawn.

paos house a cultural and architectural attraction in ha giang province
(Photo: Nhan Dan)

The women often sit in groups at the doorstep to do the soybean after a long day on the field.

paos house a cultural and architectural attraction in ha giang province
(Photo: Nhan Dan)

They then tie the soybean together and dry them on the house's balustrades or wooden balconies.

paos house a cultural and architectural attraction in ha giang province
(Photo: Nhan Dan)

A rare group of visitors at Pao's house in this summer season. They are fortunate to be able to visit the "movie house" to see and feel the unique features of the house during this COVID-19 pandemic.

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