Duong Lam Ancient Village – Van Phuc Silk Village Tour

Duong Lam Village is home to the two Vietnam’s kings who are King Phung Hung (761-802) and King Ngo Quyen (896-944), giving the village its prestige. Both men led the people against the invasion of northern country (China nowadays) and after achieving independence for the nation, they crowned kings. After their deaths, the local people built temples to commemorate them.
The ancient village has a more than 1,200 year history in which there a lot of houses up to 400 year-old lasting. The most special thing in the village is that materials for building most houses are mud and laterite which are very abundant in the region. Laterite is used to make walls and gates of houses and temples. Mud is taken from ponds in the village. Apart from its historical and tourism values, Duong Lam ancient village is an important place for scientists to study because the village is also considered the last stronghold of wet rice culture in Northern Vietnam.
This is also the great chance explore architecture of ancient houses while wander along its narrow alleyways, visit temples dedicated to the two kings born there, and most interesting of all, chat with locals living in the ancient houses.
Just 15 km in the southwest of Ha Noi, Van Phuc village is situated in Ha Dong city and is a famous place over centuries for its silk-making methods and silk products. In recent years, the traditional craft village has been revived due to increasing demand for silk products in both domestic and foreign markets. It can be seen a symbol of luxury only suitable for well-off citizens. However, nowadays, this fine and luxurious clothing originally made from silk of silkworm is much more affordable for "ordinary" customer.
08:00 Get picked up at your hotel then depart for Duong Lam ancient village (60km from Hanoi centre.
09:30 Stop-over at Son Dong traditional sculpture village producing and supplying wooden statues to most of pagodas and temples in Northern Vietnam. Photograph skillful people mastering the technique of making marvelous wooden statues in numerous states.
10:30 Arrive at Duong Lam ancient village. Visit Mong Phu temple, some ancient houses and enjoy local products: rice wine, rice cakes.
11:00 Enjoy bicycle ride along peaceful countryside road to some historical vestiges such as: Giang Van Minh worship-house, Temples of King Ngo Quyen and Phung Hung.
11:30 Cycling uphill to see a natural holy “milking- well” storing clear water all the year round. It is believed to help childless couple produce a baby if drinking this water.
12:30 Become a member of the 400-year-ancient house while having lunch in here.
13:30 Get ready to return Hanoi.
14:15 On the way back, visit Tay Phuong pagoda built in the 8th century. It is the best example of old typical pagodas in the North of Vietnam, being special with 18 ancient Arhan statues.
16:00 Visit Van Phuc silk village, the cradle of best silk in Vietnam once. The house owner gives an introduction of the silk making process. Then experience the local silk market in Van Phuc village.
17:30 Get dropped off at hotels. Tour ends.

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