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Ancient House, Hanoi

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#7 of 40 in Museums in Hanoi
Get to know how 19th-century Hanoians lived at Ancient House, located in the city's historic old quarter. The restored house represents typical Hanoian architecture of the period: long and narrow, with a square garden connecting its two sections and a small balcony on the first floor. Note the house's typical yellow shade, and the unique design that maximizes light. Take a turn around the interior to see the well-preserved old furniture and decor. You can also buy some traditional Vietnamese decorations and souvenirs in the onsite shop. To visit Ancient House on your holiday in Hanoi, and find out what else Hanoi has to offer, use our Hanoi travel route planner .
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  • Fairly small house and little signage but we went with a guide (on our way to somewhere else) and found it interesting.  more »
  • Interesting if you're into old houses (I am). A small entrance fee (10,000 Dong). It's a small house, so even with strolling around & peering at every picture & piece of furniture, it'll take about 15...  more »
  • 15-30 minutes is the maximum time you need to check this place. It's worth it if you're staying around Old Quarter.  more »
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  • Interesting historic building with a few rooms and a gift shop. It’s just two floors and a couple of signs, so it can be done in less than 15 minutes. They have a folder with other interesting buildings nearby.
  • Went early (9AM) to be there as it opened. There were just a few people and this made for a pleasant visit in such a welcoming space. You enter and exit through the gift shop and are advised to linger there on your way out. The courtyard with it's potted Palm and small water garden gives insight how one would be so lucky to have this oasis of tranquility in such a crowded city. The dimutative size of the pot the palm is growing in compared to the size of the palm is a wonder too. There is a set of stairs that leads you to the front room a view of the courtyard from above then the sleeping room with it's massive carved bed inlayed with mother-of-pearl. The shuttered rooms give light and shadow in a way that doors and windows never will. This is a special place that should be seen at a time when it's just you and the house. So have some luck and go early.
  • Certainly of historic and cultural interest. Easy to imagine how living in this house felt. A sturdy narrow staircase and two well positioned beds add to the charm.
  • I was here last October. It’s a very small house were you can take a peak of how houses in Vietnam is structured. It’s almost the same set up in the Philippines.
  • Gracious and unspoilt example of “Hanoi old town” living. Well worth 20min of browsing, reading and contemplation.

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