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Ancient House

87 Ma May Street | Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
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As featured in Hanoi off the beaten path
Ranked #45 of 95 attractions in Hanoi
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Type: 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... more » 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. « less
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Ghaziabad, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This communal house on 42-44 Hang Bac Street was built by the street’s first inhabitants who had come from the village of Trau Khe (in Hai Duong province) and who were specialised in the smelting of silver ingots. Legend has it that in 1461, Emperor Le Thanh Tong allowed his minister Luu Xuan Tin, from the village of Trau Khe,... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014 via mobile

I viewed this house 7 years ago but was still thrilled to see it again because of the history behind such buildings. Built in the 20th century it has a central courtyard for breezes to flow in the house, this is the way people in Han oi lived in the past. It is beautifully restored and a credit to the... More

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Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Open Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm located at 87 Ma May Street, in Old Quarter is this Traditional House with very steep flight of stairs. A quick look around was fine, we happend to be passing.

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Seoul, South Korea
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

We stopped in here while on a walking tour of the Old Quarter with HanoiKids. As many others have commented, it is not very large, and there are items for sale in almost every room - it's maybe a 10-15 minute proposition, including time for reading some of the information posted in the lounge. Nonetheless, we were glad that we... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

They follow you around and try selling--like there's not enough of that just outside the door. Most everything is a reproduction, and just not much to it. Not worth the time.

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Edmonds, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

The Ancient House is a nice insight into the traditional design of Vietnamese houses. It is not large and will not take you a long time to complete, but it is done well and is constantly in a state of improvement. Like most things, the Vietnamese have their own distinct style. Houses are no exception. If you are interested in... More

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Perth
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

We have taken quite a bit of time trying to find this house only to find something resembling a ruin. There was a tiny sign saying it has been close for restorations until 2014. What a disappointment.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

I wanted to like this, I really did. It should be an interesting depiction of life in the old quarter. Instead of finding a curated historical home, I found an over priced souvenir shop. So, in addition to paying the entrance fee there is nothing to see other than things for purchase. The house itself is nice and well maintained,... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013 via mobile

This is just a shop in an old building. If you feel compelled to go the take a photo outside and save the price they charge to enter a shop.

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Bangkok
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

This place is more beautiful from the outside than the inside. You have to pay to get in, and then the house is one big store. Also, the prices in the store are quite a bit higher than we saw elsewhere. If you are going to Hoi An, skip this Ancient Shop (er . . . I mean house), as... More

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