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Address: 87 Ma May Street | Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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Traditional 19th Century Merchant's House

Originally, the Red River bordered this area creating a busy commercial harbor which supplied the shopkeepers with rattan and bamboo for various products.Its architecture is... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Melrose, Massachusetts
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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you are in the area or passing by, then go inside. Not much to see. Some stuff to purchase and a just a little history. I wouldn't go out of my way to see it.

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Thank mgillan64
Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A bit below expectation although entrance fee was reasonable. In the middle ground floor room someone wearing dark silk pants was lying on a bench with the face covered with a fan and the lights were off. I told my Husband it was a wax figure LOL. Knew it wasn't when the figure wriggled the toes. Expected to see more... More 

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Melrose, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Originally, the Red River bordered this area creating a busy commercial harbor which supplied the shopkeepers with rattan and bamboo for various products.Its architecture is typical of the Old Quarter: A narrow facade with the shop in front, then came a courtyard for light and ventilation, followed by the family's living space. The second floor contains the Ancestor's altar, and... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2016

We came across the house by accident and wandered inside out of the hot sun for a look. Inside is a treasure trove of interesting domestic articles and upstairs was a beautiful view back down through the kitchen courtyard which was full of golden light at the time. We stayed for about half an hour before moving back out into... More 

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Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

Really nice place to go, but 20 minutes is enough to visit. There is nothing special, just a really nice historic house.

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Ghent, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

Entrance fee 10k. It is a small house with a little shop inside, but the rest of the house is decorated as it was back then. You get a good picture of how they lived.

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Dublin, Ireland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016 via mobile

Went to this place and paid the 10,000 dong in. It is ment to be an ancient house but the first thing you are greeted with is Vietnamese bowl and souvenirs to buy. The house is quite small and not much to see. I would not go out of my way to visit this place but if you were passing... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

There is a nominal charge to enter the house, but it is worth it. What is interesting about my visit was I could draw similarities in the way of life in ancient Indian houses to the one preserved here. Should be on the worth a visit list.

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Thank Ananth1006
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

this are one of the few remaining old heritage houses left in hanoi. inside you will some old furniture and well maintained. these houses should be gazette as an heritage and maintained by the government. these are the type of houses people hope to identity as hanoi.

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