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Visit to Duong Lam village to explore culture and traditions of rural Vietnam
I happened to visit Vietnam in the second week of April. After visiting Hanoi in a hired car with three other tourists, the next day, four of us went to Duong Lam ancient village about 50 kilometres from the capital city.

We started at 9 am in the morning from the hotel and reached the village gate by 10 am. To enter the village, one has to buy a ticket to become a guest and enjoy the tour in your car or hire a cycle to be on your own to explore the village and the traditional houses in narrow alleyways.

The tour provides an insight into rural Vietnam's culture and traditions as well as one can explore the special architecture through its surviving laterite and brick made ancient houses. It can be seen that laterite and mud had been the two main materials that are abundant in the area, on house walls, gates, wells, temple walls, and other structures like graveyards.

Being the village guest, you can walk around the village to chat with locals to learn more about their lifestyle, customs, folk art, and craft as well as gain an insight into Vietnamese countryside and ways of cultivation and fishing.

The village is located on the Northern Red River Delta. Besides having an encounter with village culture, one can take a walk on the village path for visiting Mia pagoda and Mong Phu temples dedicated to national heroes, King Ngo Quyen and King Phung Hung.

One can enjoy authentic rural meal with local host and experience the hospitality of the family with local specialties such as soft green-lentil cake and rice cake filled with brown onion.

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