Huynh Thuy Le Ancient House

Attraction Nhà Cổ Huỳnh Thủy Lê 255A, Đường Nguyễn Huệ, Khóm 1, Phường 2, Thị Xã Sa Đéc Đồng Tháp Vietnam Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hours 30 mins
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
08:30 AM
10:00 AM
First-time visit
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Historic
Must see
Kids
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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Huynh Thuy Le Ancient House is a popular tourist destination of all literature-lovers where romantic love story of a famous French novel authoress and her lover was told every day.

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Why Huynh Thuy Le Ancient House is special ?

Huynh Thuy Le’s ancient house, the home of the main character in French writer Marguerite Duras’s novel “The Lover” in Sa Dec town, Dong Thap province has been listed as one of Vietnam’s most impressive destinations by the Vietnam Federation of UNESCO Associations.


The 119-year-old house owned by the Huynh Thuy family is famous for its unique architecture – a mixture of Southern Vietnamese, French and Chinese styles. The house witnessed the passionate love affair between Marguerite Duras - the well-known French writer who penned the famous novel L'Amant (The Lover) - and Huynh Thuy Le, a son of the Huynh Family.


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What to explore at Huynh Thuy Le Ancient House?

For more than 100 years, despite the destruction caused by time, the house remains beautifully intact. The centerpiece of the house is a large ancestral altar, which is lacquered in red and trimmed with gold. The house's biggest surprise however is its treasure trove of ancient objects that have been preserved for generations. There is a round marble table dating back to the 18th century, a couple of 19th century hanging lamps, and a set of French table and chairs from the 17th-century reign of Louis XIV. The house is also equipped with beautiful ancient wooden furniture, and everything from the wash basin to the jars in the kitchen are valuable antiques.

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How to get to Huynh Thuy Le Ancient House?

In the small Mekong Delta town, 140 kilometers south of Ho Chi Minh City, you can visit the house of Huynh Thuy Le. The house is located in Nguyen Hue Road, Sa Dec Town, Dong Thap Province, with East -West architecture. You can take a taxi to reach the place.

Selling points

  • Setting of The Lover
  • Dresh jasmine tea and candied ginger
  • A nice place to have Lotus Tea
  • Ancient architecture and cultural customs
  • The lovely and authentic construction and decoration
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Duration
3.0 days
Estimated
130.72 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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Nhà Cổ Huỳnh Thủy Lê 255A, Đường Nguyễn Huệ, Khóm 1, Phường 2, Thị Xã Sa Đéc Đồng Tháp Vietnam

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Tips for you

  • You can also rent bikes for a fee at this house.
    Service
  • The house has overnight rooms to rent and a restaurant inside.
    Service
  • If you watch the film "The Lovers" you will find a greater sense of meaning when you visit the house.
    Experience
  • Beware that the staffs invite you to sit down trying a cup of warm tea and taking all tray of stuffs to introduce and ask you to buy.
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Having read the book and seen the film I was keen to go to this attraction. The building is very ornate and is a blend of French and Chinese architecture. Upon arrival you are invited to have jasmine tea accompanied by slices of preserved ginger, which is very nice and you are given a brief talk on the writer, Marguerite Duras and her autobiographical novel, The Lover. The tour is not a lengthy one but is very interesting. It gives a brief insight into both the French presence in Vietnam and also the position of the wealthy Chinese in society in the 1920's. There are both pictures of the Duras and the Le family as well as pictures of the actors in the film. This appears to be a venue where young locals come to have pictures taken prior to their weddings. All in all very interesting.

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Built in 1885 by Le's father, this house is a key setting for Marguerite Duras' acclaimed autobiograhpical novel, "L'amant" ("The Lover") which was later made into a film of the same name. The "Lover's House" has a unique blend of French and Chinese architecture.Basically, the story is of a 15 yr old Vietnamese girl who has an lingering tryst with a 27 yr old Huynh Thuy Le, son of a Chinese business magnate in 1929. However, Le's father disapproved of the relationship due to their social class differences. Le succumbs to his father's pressure and ends the relationship and the girl moves to France at 18. Le marries another, more "suitable" woman and has a family. Le maintained his love for the girl and learns much later that the girl loved him deeply as well.Le and his family used the house until 1972 when Le died and his family moved abroad. An accomplished writer, "The Lover" was one of Duras' later works published twelve years after Le's death. Duras died in Paris in 1996 after a long literary career.More and more visitors, Asian and increasingly Western, visit this site in a tour called, "Following the footsteps of 'The Lover'", which includesTrung Vuong Sa Dec Primary School - where Duras' mother taught school from 1924 to 1930 - and the Ong Quach Pagoda.Our private tour started with tea and dried, sugared ginger slices served in the house's ornate interior which features many photos of Ms. Duras, Mr Le and his families, both immediate and extended, and other memorabilia including that of the film in which, I believe, the house was used as a set.Tours are offered by the Dong Thap Tourist Company who also manage the property.

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Personnellement je suis très intéressée par tout ce qui concerne MD mais là je dis NON;Le tarif de l'entrée qui était à 20 000D est passé à 30 000D ce qui n'est pas le problème .... mais c'est du pur vol car rien n'est entretenu et la jeune fille qui m'a fait visiter la maison alors qu'elle ne connaissait pas vraiment l'oeuvre de MD (seulement l'AMANT) m'a poursuivie pour me vendre du thé au LOTUS et très insistante je ne lui ai rien acheté!!!Aucun intéret car peu entretenue, mais où va l'argent que nous y laissons?? qui le sait??Donc dans l'ensemble j'ai été très déçue par cette visite sans grand intéretDes photos du film aux tons passés!! de la poussière partoutUn peu d'entretien avec notre argent serait le bienvenu++++

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Having read the book and seen the film I was keen to go to this attraction. The building is very ornate and is a blend of French and Chinese architecture. Upon arrival you are invited to have jasmine tea accompanied by slices of preserved ginger, which is very nice and you are given a brief talk on the writer, Marguerite Duras and her autobiographical novel, The Lover. The tour is not a lengthy one but is very interesting. It gives a brief insight into both the French presence in Vietnam and also the position of the wealthy Chinese in society in the 1920's. There are both pictures of the Duras and the Le family as well as pictures of the actors in the film. This appears to be a venue where young locals come to have pictures taken prior to their weddings. All in all very interesting.

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