, 40 km to the west of Hanoi, Đường Lâm village is a very popular tourist destination at the weekends. The village attracts visitors because of its ancient houses and the architectural features of a typical old Vietnamese village with banyan trees and a wharf on the river.
It takes just over an hour to get to Đường Lâm village. On the road leading up to the village, tourists can feel the peaceful atmosphere. The rice fields these days are in their prime while lotus ponds will soon be in bloom signaling the coming of the summer. Passing through the village gate to Mông Phụ village, visitors should not miss taking photo of the gate, which is in the typical architectural style of an old Vietnamese village. Nguyễn Trọng An is Deputy Head of the village’s Management Board 'Of the 5 hamlets in Đường Lâm village, Mông Phụ is seen as the center, as it has many historical sites including communal houses, old houses, and the clan’s worshipping house. Of course, the 4 remaining hamlets also have important relics, a regular must-see for tourists'.
Đường Lâm village has a history dating back about 1,200 years with many houses in Đông Sàng, Mông Phụ and Cam Có Hamlets built in the 17th century. Visitors to the village often visit the houses in Mông Phụ, which are said to be the most beautiful and more specifically, their owners will spend time showing people around their beloved houses. Nguyễn Thị Thu Hoài is a tour guide for the village’s Management Board 'The architecture of all the houses there is the same, with rows of columns and spans. In the past, only wealthy people or landlords could build such big houses. The big wooden house often has 5 or 7 spans with 2 wings. The houses of civilian and military mandarins are often different to each other. In a civilian mandarin’s house, there are many horizontal lacquered boards and parallel sentences while in a military mandarin’s house, either dragon-shaped patterns or contemporary designs dominate'.