Attraction 87 Ma May Street | Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam Published on: 26-04-2017
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Why Hanoi Ancient House is special ?
Built in the late 20th century and restored in 1999, Ancient House offers visitors to Hanoi a chance to travel back in time and experience what life was like for locals in this bustling urban center hundreds of years ago. History buffs will love exploring the small two-block home decorated in old-world style and its quiet courtyard.
Ancient House’s architecture may still speak to a past that’s long gone, but it should be noted that this popular destination has become more souvenir shop than museum, where visitors can find traditional embroidery, games and silk paintings for reasonable prices.
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What to explore at Hanoi Ancient House?
The house consists of two main blocks linked together by a square yard in the middle on the ground floor, and a small balcony on the 1st floor. The yard is included at the centre of the building to moderate the air, provide the house with sunlight and cool winds. The balcony above is an ideal place to put small plants, flower pots for the owner’s interest and relaxation.
The room on the ground floor which is street- front is used for selling goods, and the room on the next floor is living room to host the guests and worship the ancestor also. The room which is behind and linked to the living room by a balcony is bed room. On the ground floor, all behind space is for production activities, then kitchen and bathroom.
All of the walls in this house were painted with typical yellow color like other ancient Hanoi houses, and all furniture, decoration items are reserved in good condition. Though being restored in 1999, this house still remains real and ancient beauty of itself.
Today, the ancient house is open for tourists to come here and see how ancient Hanoian lived, enjoy as well as buy some Vietnamese traditional decoration items, souvenir.
- Traditional house in the old quarter
- Just small and simple house but i love it
- Similar with Hoian's old house
- Worth stopping by if you're in the Old Quarter
- Worth a look to see an old style house
87 Ma May Street | Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Tips for you
I liked my visit to this house, it gave a good insight into what the buildings in Hanoi looked like before they were all turned into shops/hotels.
It's nice to see how the old houses were structured.
This restored traditional house on Ma May Street, one of the oldest streets in the Old Quarter, is interesting as a merchant's house, with a sales area in the front and living space for the family in the rear. There are interesting artifacts, especially a large wooden bed with no mattress where the family slept on the wood. There is an open area in the rear with a balcony on the open second floor. This is a museum that had seff guided tours. There are also cultural events at the house. We saw an interesting show of traditional Vietnamese music using traditional instruments. The musicians demonstrated how the instruments were used and also let audience members try it. The concert was held in the front section of the building which could seat about only 20 to 25 people, The music and the building were a real step back in time.