Duong Lam ancient village with is located near the center of Son Tay town, is prominent with ancient hamlets, dark red laterite walls, mounds, hills, deep drainage ditches- specific features of a midland village in Doai area.
Duong Lam Ancient Village has a history of about 1,200 years with many houses dating back up to 400 years. It is the only place in Vietnam where two kings came from. Two of Vietnam’s kings, Phung Hung (761-802) and Ngo Quyen (896-944) were born in Duong Lam, giving the village its prestige. Both men led resistance wars against northern invasion and after winning national independence, were crowned kings. After their deaths, the local people built temples in their honour.
The village is a place to see for tourists from far and wide. It is included in tours of many travel companies. Two of its famous places are Sung Nghiem Tu (Mia Pagoda) and Mong Phu Temple. Mia Pagoda is on a small hill in Dong Sang Hamlet. It was constructed before 1632 and has been upgraded and restored many times. Now it is a national cultural and historical site. Mong Phu Temple is in Mong Phu Hamlet. It was set up with ancient Vietnamese architecture in 1638. In the village, tourists can also see ancient houses and small lanes as well as study the everyday life of residents.
People in Duong Lam are very much aware of their village’s cultural values. They know that the profound and ancient beauty of their old houses is a very valuable heritage of their ancestors and a bridge kinking the people of today and the people of the past.
Coming to Duong Lam, we cannot be unamazed at a village which has been able to keep the colors of time and a world containing many secrets which have been gradually opened up before our eyes. Amid the hurry circles of modern life, Duong Lam quietly keeps itself closed in corner so as to reserve the images of the past, of the things that are deemed to be obsolete, keep a calm space in order to comprehend and absorb itself in a rarely secluded and quiet atmosphere that exisits in the consciousness of each person at the sam esituation.