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Why Cu Da Village is special ?
Cu Da Village has traditionally made from vermicelli in many years, many generations have gone through to know how fluctuations occur but secret product vermicelli has been handed down year after year all other generations and descendants process and promoting what ancestors to leave. Now, vermicelli Cu Da village made famous trademark. Product vermicelli from here is distributed everywhere, the number of customers increasing order vermicelli and many customers have ordered for a long time to get new goods, which said to be the attraction and reputation for quality product.
What to explore at Cu Da Village?
There are vaulted gates. Village roads are laid with slanting bricks. On road-sides, there are old houses in ancient Viet styles, villas in French styles and newly-built ones. Houses are numbered and it might be the one and only village in Vietnam where houses got numbered. There are about two hundred old houses both in Vietnam and French styles, of these, 60 remain almost unchanged.
Houses in Cu Da are low and deep in length, so they are always cool in summer and warm in winter. Architecture is specified in Nguyen feudalist dynasty, nearly made of wood. On beams, pillars, there are delicate sculptures. In the middle of the houses, there are ancestral altars, panels and parallel scrolls.
The main village road is built along a riverside, every lane has a gate. The village pagoda is classified as a national relic. It’s Linh Minh Tu and a stone column is inscribed “the pagoda was renovated in 1695.”
There also remains relic of the village altar to worship “earth and heavens” or Xa Tac, considered to be the most magnificent. There are also houses that were built in years from 1920 – 1940 (in new architectural styles).
On a river bank, there’s a flag-pole built in 1929, a communal house of the village-council, a school. At one end of the village (entry road), there’s a low earthen hill named Dong Gia, it’s thought to be a centuries-old tomb since the old Chinese colony.
Not only well known for a place with many ancient houses and ancestral temples dating back to over one hundred years, the Cu Da Village is also noted for its traditional handicraft of vermicelli making
How to get to Cu Da Village?
If you prefer to do it alone, it’s feasible to get there by bus, taxi or motorbike from Hanoi. To do so, head out of town on Ton Duc Thang (alongside the Temple of Literature) and follow this for a few kilometres — it changes name twice — until you get to the flyover. Go over the flyover and keep going straight for quite some time. Keep an eye out for Song Nhue Hotel on the right — it’s a big yellow building — and turn left onto Duong Phung Hung. Continue along this road for a good few kilometres, this time looking out for the river and a dam on the left hand side. Just after the dam there’s a Petrolimex petrol station (there’s also one before the dam, but ignore that one). Take the right turn almost opposite the Petrolimex onto Ta Thanh Oai. The road becomes much narrower now. Continue to follow it until you get to the railway bridge, on the right. Jump out here if you’re in a taxi.
If you’re going by bus, get the No. 2 from Hoan Kiem to Ha Dong bus station on Nguyen Trai — after the flyover — where you can pick up the No. 37. That takes you along Duong Phung Hung so you’ll need to watch out for the dam and Petrolimex, and jump off on the main road then find a xe om or taxi to take you the rest of the way — or walk the three or so kilometres along Ta Thanh Oai to the railway bridge.
Once there, cross the railway bridge then turn right across the tracks, with the river on your left, and take the first right to see a factory spreading paste onto bamboo trays. Backtrack and walk along the road parallel to the river. Take the next right and if you continue to follow this road you’ll come across a similar factory but this time making white vermicelli. Note the small cutting machines on the floor. If you continue on this road you will see an old house down an alley on the left — on my visit they were very welcoming — and then a large public wellwhich villagers traditionally took drinking water from.
At the T-junction turn right back onto the river road and you’ll pass the communal village house, the gateway to Xom Chua hamlet, a family temple and finally, the main village temple. If you miss the right turn mentioned above, take the right just before the village house and do that loop in reverse.
- An Ancient village
- Friendly local people
- Beautiful scene
- Peaceful air
- Diversified products, especially vermicelli
Cu Da Village, Cu Khe, Thanh Oai, Hanoi
Cu Da still has a lot to recommend to the visitor. Of course, there’s the vermicelli, but it’s also home to an interesting mix of architecture: traditional housing, tube houses, French influences and modern homes. In addition its main temple, Chua Cu Da, is attractive and well-kept and other cultural and interesting buildings are dotted here and there, such as the communal village house, family temples, the public well and hamlet gates. The people also seemed particularly friendly, perhaps typical of out-of-centre locations.