Dong Ngac Ancient Village

Dong Ngac Ancient Village, Hanoi: Hours, Address, Dong Ngac Ancient Village Review: 4/5

Dong Ngac Ancient Village
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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More than 3 hours
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David B
Rayong, Thailand9,813 contributions
Creeping Urbanization
Dec 2017 • Friends
Dong Ngac, about 10 km north east of Hanoi, bills itself as "Dong Ngac Ancient Village", but the sad truth is that Dong Ngac has now been swallowed by the creeping outwards urbanization of Hanoi, and is now really an indistinguishable outer suburb.

Despite that, there are still historic gems to be found for those willing to take the time, although it is far easier if you have a knowledgeable local guide, especially if you want to visit a 300-year-old house where a 15th generation man, 70-year-old Mr Do, still lives.

We started our walking tour of Dong Ngac early in the morning through the local market, which spans both sides of the main street through the town. It sells all the usual stuff, chickens, beef, pork, fish, vegetables and fruit.

Our first taste of the old Dong Ngac was the Ke Ve Pagoda, an early 19th century Buddhist temple. Inside is a stone stele listing the names of all of Dong Ngac's citizens who obtained doctor laureate status through Confucian studies, from the 14th to the 18th centuries. I was told that Dong Ngac still prides itself on the number of its citizens who obtain university degrees and doctorates.

We passed a 1920s French colonial school, which is still in use today.

Next stop was the four-hundred year old Dong Ngac Communal House, a complex of buildings that provide a focus for community activity.

The highlight was a visit to Mr Do's house, a 300-year-old traditional Vietnamese house that has been occupied by the same family for 15 generations. We sat as Mr Do poured us green tea and explained to us that his family was one of the five original families that founded Dong Ngac. His house is a treasure trove of ancient Vietnamese religious statues and carvings, and other old artefacts.

Once you leave the main area of Dong Ngac and start wandering down narrow lanes, with ancient high brick walls and small doorways with ancient wooden doors, you start to get a feel of what Dong Ngac Ancient Town once was.
Written December 24, 2017
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