The Most Famous Over 100-year-old Ancient Houses In West Southern Vietnam
Vietnam in general and its West Southern region in particular, are full of fascinating historic houses that are begging to be explored. By paying a visit to these places, you can obtain a wealth of knowledge about the people who once lived there and what shaped their lives.
From the haunted mansions to the national relic for architectural arts – a must-visit for all literature-lovers, here is a list of just some ancient houses that are currently the top places to go in Southern Vietnam. Let’s take a virtual road trip around West Southern Vietnam through the lens of the most historic and ancient houses!
Huynh Thuy Le Ancient House
Huynh Thuy Le Ancient House
This lavishly decorated and beautifully ornate nineteenth-century courtyard house sits on the banks of the Tien River at 225A Nguyen Hue Street, Sa Dec Town, Dong Thap Province. Inside this “big villa” with “blue balustrades” and “tiers of terraces overlooking the Mekong” (the novel “L'Amant” (The Lover) of a well-known French writer Marguerite Duras) is a treasure trove of ancient objects including a couple of 19th century hanging lamps, a round marble table dating back to the 18th century, and a set of French table and chairs from the 17th-century reign of Louis XIV- all of which were acquired specifically for the house 120 years ago and have been there ever since.
In spite of being built more than 120 years ago, t his former residence of Huynh family now even can easily keep pace with the most elaborate of the mansions in the surrounding area. In the 77 years that Mr. Huynh Thuy Le lived there, he embarked on a sustained mission of expansion and elaboration, turning a wooden house in 1895 into a 'private palace of art'. The 300-square-meter house, with its busy facade combining Chinese and Classical elements, interior walls displaying photographs of both Le’s and Duras’ families, and a large ancestral altar lacquered in red and trimmed with gold, is jaw-dropping.
And just to add to the general excitement – it is allegedly one of the most famous ancient houses in Vietnam declared by the Vietnam Federation of UNESCO Associations as it witnessed the passionate love affair between Marguerite Duras and Huynh Thuy Le and formed a part of the movie “The Lover” of the French film director Jean Jacques Annaud.
Tran Van Hoa Ancient House – a house with 120 wooden pillars
Tran Van Hoa Ancient House
Also known as the 100-wooden-pillar house, the complex of 120 wooden pillars covering a total area of nearly 900 square meters is a must-visit place when you travel to West Southern Vietnam.
Like most Hue-styled rương houses (a house built from wooden beams and pillars), the house was constructed of precious wood but what set it apart are its 120 wooden pillars, 68 of which are main pillars. This century-old house on the left bank of the Vam Co Dong River in Long Huu Dong Commune, Can Duoc District, the southern province of Long An appears to be a house made of rare wood like ebony, barian kingwood, and redwood, with its 120 pillars, including 68 round and 52 square pillars, set on a 0.9-meter stone foundation, and looks like how popular culture would imagine a wooden-age house.
Binh Thuy Ancient House
Binh Thuy Ancient House
What used to be home for Duong family is now a famous playground for Vietnamese history lovers and architecture buffs on their South Vietnam group tour!
Binh Thuy Ancient House is a 19th-century French-styled house located at 26/1A Bui Huu Nghia Street in Binh Thuy ward, about 3.1 miles from downtown Can Tho. Having been deliberately preserved and promoted by descendants of the founder, the ancient house decorated in the style of Western Europe – with its ancient beauty along with its unique architecture - looks as elegant today as it did in 1870.
Looking for stately homes and ancient houses to visit in West Southern Vietnam? From the Nguyen Dynasty masterpiece to the unique architecture – a mixture of Southern Vietnamese, French and Chinese styles, this lovely region offers a wealth of over 100-year-old houses, perfect to wallow in on a South Vietnam group tour.
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