After the recognition of Hoi An ancient town, Hanoi old quarter, Duong Lam village in Son Tay Town (some 60km to the west of Hanoi Capital) is the first ancient village recognised as a national relic by the Ministry of Culture and Information.Two of Vietnam’s kings, Phung Hung (761-802) and Ngo Quyen (896-944) were born in Duong Lam, giving the village its prestige. Both men led resistance wars against northern invasion and after winning national independence, were crowned kings.
After their deaths, the local people built temples in their honour. The ancient village has a history of about 1,200 years with many houses dating back up to 400 years.
08.00: Guide and car pick up guests at hotel then transfer to Duong Lam ancient village about 50km away from Hanoi. Stopover on the way to visit Son Dong traditional sculpture village. The Son Dong wooden statues are present in many pagodas and communal houses in the Northern provinces. Visit some households in village, see mastered the technique of making wooden statues. Walk along village road to visit Son Dong communal house and survey Viet traditional culture with the cult of fecundity.Continue to drive to Duong Lam.
11.00: Arrive Duong Lam, visit village gate, MongPhu communal house, some ancient houses and enjoy local products: rice wine, rice cake. Go around the village to visit some cultural and historical vestiges in Duong Lam such as: Giang Van Minh worship-house, Princess Mia Palace and Temple, Mia pagoda.
12.30: Lunch at the HoaSua restaurant by Son Tay ancient citadel. Free time for visiting ancient citadel.
13.30: Transfer back to Hanoi.
14.15: Stopover on the way to visit Tay Phuong pagoda - the best example of old typical pagoda in the northern of Vietnam, special with Arhan statue.
16.00: Visit Van Phuc silk village. Experience the process of making silk from beginning to end, and the making of conical hats. Touch Van Phuc silk which is famous for making traditional textiles throughout Vietnam and overseas. See the silk from cocoons made into fine silk threads. Wander local market in Van Phuc village.
17.30: Drop guests at hotel. End the services.
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