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Address: 87 Ma May Street | Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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This house in the Old Quarter was restored in 1999, as an example of an...

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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Worth seeking out for a genuine example of the Hanoi and what the life was like before the dollar arrived. The guide was both informative and like all vietnamese we met very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Milan, Italy
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

very smart and fascinating restaurant that serves good food in areas where once people from Europe lived. It is really a nice staying in such a typical colonial style house

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Worth seeking out for a genuine example of the Hanoi and what the life was like before the dollar arrived. The guide was both informative and like all vietnamese we met very courteous.

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Thank 955PeterB
Auckland, New Zealand
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17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited this ancient house after seeing the old house of Tan Ky in Hoi An. Comparing the two, this was a big disappointment and not worth the trip, in my opinion. It was not very well organised and there wasn't a lot to see, so I was only in there for around five minutes. I think it might be... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you happen to be in the area it's worth a look - just check opening times as they close around lunchtime- as do most attractions.

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Thank Adrian H
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In that little house,we can see how's Vietnamese tradition.Although that place is narrow in nature,there are so many elements which concern with Vietnamese's culture.

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Thank Marcopolo T
Los Angeles, California
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

House built to test time. Interesting layout with two courtyards shows how people maximize space and introduced sunlight and breeze ways into house design. Although narrow in nature, the house is quite long and incorporates a number of design elements currently lost in modern western or Asian house design.

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Thank Ray C
Incheon, South Korea
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We went to this house as a part of our Backstreet Academy tour. It was a good introduction to the history of Hanoi, with plenty of things to look at and try. Seeing and hearing how the house was set up gave us a good understanding of the underlying vietnamese culture that shaped the rest of our day.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

This is a charming little house that provides a glimpse into how residents lived in old Ha Noi. Perhaps, one of the best little attractions in the Old Quarter. It has merchandise for sale and there is a small fee to enter ( I think). It is very close to Hoan Kiem Lake and an easy walk. Worth about 30... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

The Ancient House itself is actually quite small (as are all Hanoi Old Quarter buildings) but it's well maintained, gives you a glimpse of the past, and is a nice retreat from the maddness outside. We only spent about 30 minutes there, but it was worth going.

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Thank FamilyTraveller1012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

This is very inexpensive and a nice quick stop especially on a rainy day. The furniture is interesting and they have the house set up like it would have been used many years ago.

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