Attraction 4 Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, Quảng Nam, Vietnam Published on: 25-05-2016
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Why The Old House of Phung Hung is special ?
The Old House of Phung Hung, Hoi An was established in the year 1780. The building is two storied. Here you can see a unique blending of two different architectural styles. The different floors are designed in two different styles. The Japanese style of four-sided roof can be perceived in the ground floor. On the other hand you will see a round shaped roof that reflects a turtle shell in the upper floor. This is a Chinese design. Since eight generations, people are living in this house. The building stands on eighty columns. Some other features of the old house include the Yin and Yang style roof, which is traditionally made out of convex designs. On the other hand the tiles that interlock the roof are made in concave design. In the Old House, you will also find various handicrafts that reflect the culture and tradition of Vietnam.
4 Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Tip: buy the sightseeing ticket on the Information Center. Without it is impossible to visit the houses/ temple. All of them (except the Trieu Chau Assembly Hall) require it.The Information Center staff is very rude.A lady explained us more about the house and offer us a cup of tea. Then she showed us some nice details.The down side is the number of vendors inside the house. I didn't like it. But the lady was respectful and she didn't push us to see or buy anything.
We loved this house because of the beautiful marble inlay apparent in much of the wood furniture and the walls. The house seems to be in great shape as well.Just so you know, entrance to the house includes a free guide, usually a cute Vietnamese lady who speaks English well and has a neat life story (ours did).
Architecturally, we liked this house best. Also, we got a guide who, though was perfunctory at best, at least gave some information about the house. Almost the entire house is open to tourists, and we were also offered cups of (diluted) green tea upstairs, a favourite with the Vietnamese.
At the very first look we just thought that it was an old Chinese house but it’s was a blast stepping inside. The furniture and the columns, lanterns, etc. are all very well preserved. Just like going back into a small box of Hoi An history. The visit to this house really fulfilled our trip to Hoi An with Asia Advisor.