Co Vien Lau – Ancient Vietnamese Village

1. Where and what is Co Vien Lau (ancient Vietnamese village)

Name Definition:
Co: Ancient,
Viên: Garden,
Lau: Storey, or in other words Co Vien Lau means The Ancient Garden storey Houses, belong to ancient Vietnamese village.

Co Vien Lau – ancient Vietnamese village a beautiful flat land near the Tam Coc wharf. The surrounding mountains, facing the south, are considered beautiful in terms of feng shui.
The owner of the area is Nguyen Van Thoa, a businessman, more than 50 years old, dealing in gems and real estate, but extremely passionate in collecting antiques. He traveled all over the North collecting a total of 22 original houses those were rebuilt in Co Vien Lau for 20 years. The newest house is also 90 years old, and the oldest house is more than 400 years old.
ancient Vietnamese villageMr Thoa, the host of village is introducing about the sediments in this mountain

2. Value of natural Heritage:

On the value of nature, legacy, after the first two times we were not introduced. The third time we met our host, we were taken to see more and introduce more about this place, very inspired.

The heritage milestone of UNESCO granted for Ninh Binh

After granting a certificate of mixed natural heritage to Ninh Binh, UNESCO has set a milestone in the site, confirming the core heritage zone. When you come here, visitors will also see this milestone.

The sediments in this area are an important part of the heritage document of the province of Ninh Binh submitted to UNESCO. The sediments and traces of saltwater snails have demonstrated the sea level of millions of people over the years, and so Ninh Binh is nicknamed Halong Bay on land. The erosion of the rocky foothills here is even longer than the current rock formations in Halong Bay.

3. More information about Co Vien Lau and the Culture Value:
ancient Vietnamese village23 ancients real house were collected from many countrysides of Tonkin Gulf

Collecting old houses is an elaborate task, because all these houses use wooden mortar techniques, not nails, extremely fine. To rebuild these houses, Nguyen Van Thoa had to invite wood artisans, carefully mark each part before removing and re-assembling. When unloaded, each home has thousands of different small details. You can see that monitoring the construction of all these details accurately is extremely difficult. As such, the Co Vien Lau really contains a lot of enthusiasm of the owner of this place.

Some poorest family of village with house made from mud and rice straw – ancient Vietnamese village

There is a significant memory of the ancient house in Gia Vien. They have had a traditional house for generations. However, it is a poor family, while to ensure the quality of the old houses, every few years they must be restored once. So when Nguyen Van Thoa intended to collect ancient houses, they were very happy. They told him, “If you can move this house and maintain it so that the tourists can see and visit our house, our family will give you the house without any money.” When the house was unloaded, the car was preparing to move, the owner of the house was attached to hug the wood carpenters in the car and sobbing. This is the deepest memory for Mr. Thoa in the collection of ancient houses.
ancient Vietnamese villageVisitors will taste the ”banh dau xanh – traditional bean candy” and drink green tea when come here

All Thoa’s desire to build the area, not for business purposes, but to preserve some of the ancient culture of the village to the next generations, because this problem still have not been properly concerned by the Vietnamese State. After traveling to other countries, he was extremely impressed with the 800 year old villages and houses which are well preserved by his country. That prompted him to build the Vietnamese Ancient Village as it is today. In ancient times, during the founding of the country and the country, our father chose the village as the most important cell of society, containing all the material and spiritual strength of the whole Vietnamese community.

The space of Co Vien Lau – ancient Vietnamese village is divided to many areas, including the House from Straw and Soil of the poor people, the Wooden House of the rich people, Commune House for the whole village to gather.

Visitor drink tea while tour guide introduce about Co Vien Lau – ancient Vietnamese village

Formerly, mud-roofed houses are the popular architecture of the northern delta farmers. The life of the poor farmers should be built simply.
In the Vietnamese traditional house, whether it is 3 rooms or just a space, the central room is always used as a living room, dining room. 2 rooms on either side are the bedrooms or storage rooms.
In ancient Vietnamese architecture, all parts of the house were measured by ruler – the ruler was taken from the height of the owner of the house. This is a very unique feature in the architecture of the house in Vietnam, helping the roof slope, the ratio of height of the roof with the column legs extremely harmonious and perfectly match the owner of the house.
A poem by ancient language in the house bar, this is a rich family, totally made by jack-fruits wood, currently cost up to 250,000 grand usd to buy total quality of wood.

Traditional houses of Vietnam always have very spacious yard, with many different functions. In the harvesting season, the farmers will dry rice, sun-dried beans, cereals in front of their house in a comfortable way. In addition, the Vietnamese people attach great important meaning to the death anniversary, so when the house has guests, the host can take the door of the house and turn it into the dining table for guests. Usually a wooden house has 12 doors, can be flexible become 12 tables.

The wealth of homeowners can be attributed to the size of the house, the details of the wood carvings in the house, but the overall structure remains unchanged – 3-rooms or 3-rooms with 2 more alternative rooms.

Wooden houses are usually made from jackfruit wood, oak wood, ironwood.

In a 3-room house, the left space is usually reserved for seniors, grandparents or parents. Right chambers are for children, younger generations. General activities will take place in the middle. At night, each family come back to their room.

In the ancient houses of the North Delta are the threshold. The value of the threshold, is that the guests before entering the house must lift the legs, showing respect to the ancestors altar and also as a greeting when others start entering the private space of the host. . Old Vietnamese people attach importance to private space, so the guests to the house not to mention cowardly, high low when entering the house must lift his legs, instead of a greeting.
Public area, where organize the activities of local commune in the past – ancient Vietnamese village

The Aquarius Commune House was collected in Lang Son, the structure looks as a lotus flower on the water. This is a great place to discuss the great work of the village, as well as the daily life of the village.

Beside that, Thanh Liem Commune House is located at the central position, collected in Ha Nam province. Centrally located, Thanh Liem Ancient House is a place of cultural value accumulation of many generations.

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Written by Sandie Sa.
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