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“Go to Woolworths and take a photo”
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Ancient House
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Private Hanoi Sightseeing with Electric Car Tour in the Old Quarter
Ranked #32 of 280 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.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Go to Woolworths and take a photo”
Reviewed August 15, 2013 via mobile

This is just a shop in an old building. If you feel compelled to go the take a photo outside and save the price they charge to enter a shop.

Visited August 2013
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“I don't like paying to shop!”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

This place is more beautiful from the outside than the inside. You have to pay to get in, and then the house is one big store. Also, the prices in the store are quite a bit higher than we saw elsewhere. If you are going to Hoi An, skip this Ancient Shop (er . . . I mean house), as you can visit real clan homes there instead.

Visited April 2013
3 Thank MrBunnsBangkok
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Level 4 Contributor
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“More shop than museum”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

Interesting enough to take a quick look around & it was cheap enough but really the house is predominantly a shop for traditional artwork, embroidery, games & other items, many of which are sourced from local villages. The prices & quality seemed decent so we did pick up a couple of items and we enjoyed 15-20 minutes out of the sun. It isn't the most exciting place but it's worth calling in if you are visiting/staying in the old town since the cost is so low.

Visited June 2013
Thank pgwhatkatydid
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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
Thank rwe003
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