Ancient House

Ancient House, Hanoi: Hours, Address, Ancient House Reviews: 4/5

Ancient House
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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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Hollie R
Reading, UK26 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We visited this Ancient house whilst of a free walking tour of the old quarter. Though there are some information boards, I would really recommend having a guide to really get the most out of this historic building. The free walking tours are great and are mostly by locals.

10k dong each for entry, so well worth a look.
Written February 27, 2020
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Singapore, Singapore192 contributions
Feb 2020
To see how people lived back than(in the 19th century), you have to go here.
You will have a humbling feeling when you enter and see the rooms and its contents. You can have a sense of how people go about their daily life at home. The actual name is called "Traditional House". Take a look at pic of the pamphlet that I got when I was there.
Written December 28, 2020
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Chichester, UK1,786 contributions
Mar 2020
We have travelled to many places in different countrys. and always see at some point how they lived. Mostly around the 18th centurys and many long before that.It is a joy to cast your mind back and think what sort of life they must have had. Simple, but hard working is the most I get from these visits. Like most places we travel, it is imperitive that you have a guide.
Written July 27, 2020
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Carolyn O
Bath, UK82 contributions
Apr 2014 • Family
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 called in and got a glimpse inside one of these 'tube' houses that one sees everywhere in Hanoi. If you are interested in regional architectural styles, it's worth having a look; rooms are separated by floor-to-ceiling shutters that can be closed for privacy or left open to encourage air flow; thresholds are quite high (hard for bad luck to follow you in, which was also a belief in other Asian cultures). This house was a typical merchant's house, with the business in front and the living quarters in back and upstairs. Owners were taxed on width of street frontage - hence the long, narrow buildings. The rooms are supposed to be decorated as they would have been when a merchant and his family were living there, with typical furniture and decorative objects, which are not in the best condition but are nonetheless interesting, and mixed in with these are items for sale with a salesperson standing by. We liked the open air courtyard on the 2nd floor best if all - so nice to have a small, private 'garden' in the middle of a townhouse. It is worth stopping in if you are passing by, but I wouldn't make it the final destination of my trip; you are likely to see very similar items in other venues throughout your stay.
Written April 21, 2014
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Uppsala, Sweden132 contributions
May 2013 • Couples
This was my second visit and something had happen. The old and genuine was kind of gone. Not gone, but hidden behind all the stuff they had put up for tourists to buy, and it wasn´t old stuff to match the house. No, it was just the crap you can buy in all the other shops for tourists.

They probably want to survive and earn more money like all the other businesses. But to what cost? The first time I was there it was a pretty genuine house with only interior and furniture's from way back and the staff talked about the house and everything else in the house. Now the staff talked about the authenticity of the merchandises - "oh no, this place mat is real silk and it´s made by hand, you can see this by looking at the stitches". Bah! - I didn´t go there to get a lesson about pillowcases, place mats, table cloths and silver necklaces made by their fellow men´s down the road. I want to see how it looked like 200-300 years ago.

A good advise to the manager:
Instead of getting an income from selling "new" things and ruin the authenticity of the place, they should rice the 10.000 VND (½ USD) entrance fee. I would gladly pay 5 times more (maybe even more) to see an authentic house. And I think I speak for others too.

But still, if you look beyond the merchandises, it´s a pretty cool place. I want one...
Written May 9, 2013
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Vikas Singh
Hyderabad, India4,039 contributions
Nov 2013 • Family
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, to set up a royal mint in Hanoi. That led to many inhabitants from that village settling in Hanoi, on Hang Bac Street, where they set up a number of coin making and currency exchange establishments. In the 19th century, this mint activity declined. However, the exchange activity was to continue into the colonial era, whence the name “rue des changeurs” given to it by the French. It was also at that time that the inhabitants of the village of Dinh Cong, specialised in silversmith work, migrated to Hanoi and set up on Hang Bac Street. The communal house of Kim Ngan was built by the inhabitants of Trau Khe in honour of the legendary founder of the trade, Hien Vien. Originally, this was where the silver was melted and cast in moulds and where currency exchange was conducted. From the end of the 19th century through to the 20th century, the house became a centre for craftsmen in the street to meet up and for training to take place. For several decades , twenty families occupied the building that was in an advanced state of decay. Only the place of worship and a meeting room still remained open to the public. In 2004, the City of Hanoi made the decision to restore this historic building with support from the City of Toulouse and to re-house the families in more decent residences. The restoration was achieved at the beginning on 2011.
Written July 13, 2014
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Jana C
Prague, Czech Republic4,446 contributions
Oct 2013 • Couples
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.
Written October 24, 2013
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Washington DC, DC81 contributions
Jul 2013 • Couples
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, and that is the only reason this gets two stars. However, for a real treat on life in a traditional home visit the Ethnography museum.
Written September 16, 2013
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Зульфат З
Paris, France7 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
This's a reconstruction of the way the home was before it had been bombed in the American War. A very great spot to go around. They provide you an English brochure on entering. We went with a tour guide, therefore a great deal was discussed to us.Nice slice of the old city that has been restored. Particularly appreciated the kitchen area. I've sent an e-mail to trip advisor to inform them that this's an appeal without an area to stay. In case this assessment is informative, please tick below. Having said that, admission is not really expensive. In case you are enthusiastic about this particular component of Vietnamese history or merely just older architecture, it is well worth a visit. I rather enjoyed it.
Written November 7, 2018
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David R
Adelaide, Australia700 contributions
Nov 2016 • Couples
The house costs 10000 dong per adult for entry. The house gives you a perspective of how previous generations of hanoi families lived and worked in these houses. The house has different areas for the shop, bedrooms, kitchen, courtyards and bathroom. The courtyards are open to the weather and you move through the house from indoor area to the outdoor courtyards and then back again. The wooden floor and building frame ans the roof tiles are a feature. The house is very different from the modern housing and multi story apartments of the old quarter and so it provides you with a different perspective on hanoi life from the past. It only takes 15 to 30 minutes to go through the house and it is well worth a visit.
Written November 18, 2016
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