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Ancient House

Address: 87 Ma May Street | Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
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Type: History museums, Museums
Fee: No
Owner description: This house in the Old Quarter was restored in 1999, as an example of...
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Type: History museums, Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This house in the Old Quarter was restored in 1999, as an example of an ancient Hanoian home. It represents the architecture of the Old Quarter, and is decorated to reflect ancient houses of Hanoi.
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Washington State
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Take a few moments while in Hanoi to explore this old style home. You can climb the stairs to examine the bedrooms, look down into the courtyard, imagine yourself living here a century ago.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

located on Ma May street, the ancient house stands out with its vietnamese traditional architecture. getting inside, i feel like i'm living in the past. quiet atmosphere, old preserved furniture and a typical arrangement are really struck my eyes

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

That said, admission isn't exactly expensive. If you're interested in this part of Vietnamese history or simply just older architecture, it's worth a visit. I quite enjoyed it.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

This house turned museum is located in the old quarter, and an amazing oasis of calm compared to the frenzy of the street. Entrance was just 10000 dong, so won't break the bank. It was built at the end of the 19th century for shopkeepers. You get a good feel of how they would have lived, with various pieces of... More 

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Seoul, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

It has some similar with the old house in Hoian about the architecture. The most impressive thing in the old house I think is very warm in winter and very cool in summer (as the tour guide said) We got a useful history of it by the tour guide and appreciated with. A nice place to see.

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Been said by our guide about the Ancient House, it is very old but well-maintained. At the first step we though it was simple and not worth to enter but when coming in, there was a lot of for us to know about the history of the ancient house. Sometimes, it will not be interesting with other ones, but for... More 

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South Holland Province, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

We discovered and save a lot experiences when traveled to Vietnam especially my parents who was very keen on something different. It was good to be in the modern capital where we can bring back a peaceful moment in noisy environment. High recommend.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

This house is on one of the hard to get to without getting killed by a moped streets, but very interesting to see how the old houses were. It only takes up about 15 minutes of your day so good if you are nearby and have spare time.

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Millicent, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Fabulous tropical setting, lovely swimming pool. Helpful staff. Rooms were quirky but lovely, all have balconies.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

This is a typical house of how a rich person would have lived in Hanoi. There's some original features and furniture in the house. It's not a particularly big attraction and it's not expensive to get into but I think it was very interesting and well worth a visit.

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