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“A souvenir shop actually”
Review of Ancient House

Ancient House
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$38.00*
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Private Hanoi Sightseeing with Electric Car Tour in the Old Quarter
Ranked #35 of 289 things to do in Hanoi
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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.
Reviewed February 4, 2013

The Ancient House at 87 Ma May Street is just diagonally opposite New Day Restaurant. So, we stopped by after our lunch there. There is a small fee (about 0.50 USD) to enter this ancient house / souvenir shop. FYI, This place is closed during lunch time.

Pros:
If you are interested in architecture, then this is the place for you to visit. It is a nice place to take photos of the house and its architecture.

When we were there, we were actually on our own, No guide except the sales assistant. But she was nice and she gave us answers to our questions about the house. She was also quite helpful as she offered to take photos for us.

Cons:
The souvenirs sold here were more expensive than other shops. The stairs were steep. So, be careful.

Thank poch
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

We found that the Ancient House was an interesting place to visit, to see how life was in old Hanoi (have a look out the back to see the Ancient House's Ancient Toilet!). We had been to Hoi An before we went to Hanoi so we had seen similar buildings, but this was the first where you could go pretty much everywhere everywhere in the building. Only trouble is that they sell souvenirs (nice artworks, silk table runners etc) but they are pretty highly priced. We saw table runners there for $25 US, and saw the same thing at Hanoi airport for $10. Worth a look but you won't need to spend much time there (the kids got bored fairly quickly).

Thank 4Macks
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

An excellent example of turning a well restored house into a shop. Don't go out of your way to go here.

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

You could imagine to some extent how the people would have lived in the past. Well worth the fee you pay. The building,the furniture and other housold articles are well maintained in the ancient house. One can also buy beautiful drawings on rise paper. It is an interesting place to visit in my opinion. It is in one of the streets in the Old Quarter. A short walking distance from any hotel in that area.

1  Thank sandurat1987
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

We paid money to get in here only to be sold souvenirs the whole way through. yes it is interesting to see how they lived. But it is definitely a souvenir shop. (You can see the same old house interior in number 69 restaurant, 69 Ma May Street) I wasn't impressed. It would have been better to see how they lived rather than see them painting and then trying to sell you the paintings. The stair to get upstairs are particularly steep, which was my highlight, but harder for the less mobile to get up.

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