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“Disappointing - not what it used to be”
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Ancient House
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Private Hanoi Sightseeing with Electric Car Tour in the Old Quarter
Ranked #33 of 278 things to do in Hanoi
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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.
Uppsala, Sweden
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“Disappointing - not what it used to be”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

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...

Visited May 2013
5 Thank Backmansinhanoi
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Bunbury, Australia
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“Good example of old french influenced architecture”
Reviewed April 20, 2013

this old restored building remined us very much of the old eurpoean style housing particulalrly that built by Gaudi in Barcelona where light is allowed to enter inside the building from the alcoves inside.
the building now is very much filled with tourist items but is still worth a quick visit to see how the old houses in this area were once like.

Visited April 2013
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Forest Row, UK
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“An Interesting Preserved House But Don't Expect Too Much”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

I won't complain that this was a tourist trap - because I am a tourist, so what should I expect?
Plus points: It is interesting to see a preserved 19th century house in the bustle of the Old Quarter of Hanoi, and the place gives a glimpse of how extended families lived not so long ago.
Less positive: Not really a 'restored' house as claimed. It has simply been preserved as it was lived in till recently, and there are not many furnishings on display inside.
There are similar houses in the Old Quarter converted into restaurants and shops, and they can be visited for free.
While it was interesting to see a display of handicrafts (especially 'Do' painting) a lot of the house was effectively a gift shop. The staff were concerned to sell handicraft items, not to explain the features of the house.
Summary: An entrance fee of 10,000 dong is hardly robbery, and the house/shop was interesting enough. Just don't expect too much!

Visited April 2013
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San Pablo, Laguna, Philippines
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“Lots of history!”
Reviewed April 6, 2013

It is a lot of history there. I brought my whole family to Hanoi and we decided to do the cultural tour to every thing that spoke of the glorious Vietnam revolution!

Visited November 2012
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Hong Kong
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“Very nice house in Hanoi”
Reviewed April 2, 2013

It is really called the "Traditional House" and showcases how generations of people have lived in previously. What is more it is really nice to take time off from busy Hanoi and visit a really nice, art-sy place.

Visited September 2012
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