Duong Lam Ancient Village has a history of about 1,200 years with many houses dating back up to 400 years. It is the only place in Vietnam where two kings came from.
Phung Hung (761-802) and Ngo Quyen (808-944), who were born and
grew up in the village, led the resistance to and had victories over
China's Sung and Southern Han troops to recover national independence.
They both became kings. After they died, temples were erected to
Because Duong Lam Ancient Village is of cultural
and historical importance it attracts many tourists. The village is in
Duong Lam Commune, about 60km from Hanoi. It consists of more than six
hamlets. Among these hamlets, Mong Phu is the biggest and the most
The village is a place to see for tourists from far and wide. It is
included in tours of many travel companies. Two of its famous places
are Sung Nghiem Tu (Mia Pagoda) and Mong Phu Temple. Mia Pagoda
is on a small hill in Dong Sang Hamlet. It was constructed before 1632
and has been upgraded and restored many times. Now it is a national
cultural and historical site. Mong Phu Temple is in Mong Phu Hamlet. It
was set up with ancient Vietnamese architecture in 1638. In the
village, tourists can also see ancient houses and small lanes as well
as study the everyday life of residents.
One special thing about the village is that most of the buildings
here are made of laterite and mud, two materials that are abundant in
the area. Laterite is used on house walls, gates, wells, temple walls,
and so forth. The mud is taken from ponds.
Apart from its historical and tourism values, Duong Lam Ancient
Village is an important place for scientists to study resident
communities in ancient agriculture. Recent studies by a number of
scholars show that Mong Phu Hamlet is Asia's only representative of
water paddy that remains.