"The Old Quarter?87 Ma May Street" Old Quarter Tip by Greggor58
Old Quarter, Hanoi: 40 reviews and 98 photos
This structure is a restored house of Chinese origin that illustrates the design elements of a merchant?s home of 19th Century Ha Noi.
The structure is designed to maximize natural occurring elements of weather to ventilate as well as illuminate the interior. Incorporated into the design is an open air courtyard that provides light as well as ventilation.
This is a typical structure that would have been occupied by a merchant living and doing business in what is today the Old Quarter of Ha Noi. The main floor would be the area of the structure used for business; the food preparation area was at the rear of the structure as was a water source... a well. The living quarters and shrines are found on the upper floors.
Today you can visit free of charge and wander around and look for yourself at this wonderful wooden building.You can pay a small fee though and be "guided" throughout the house. There are a few people working there dressed in the traditional clothing of Vietnam, a couple of women wearing the lovely Ao Doi and an artist, a man working on calligraphy. There was available for purchase some of his work?sorry I didn?t inquire about pricing as I wasn?t shopping. The quality of his work was quite good though.
The natural lighting of the home was warm and inviting, the furniture made from wonderful dark wood, the walls and interior were decorated with paintings and live plants growing here and there. The structure itself was of wonderful wooden post and beam construction and quite well built.
I enjoyed a great conversation with the man, we talked a little about art, poetry and politics I suppose how government was not as ?close? to the experiences of real people as was the artist, and how he tried through his art to convey his perspective to the ?normal everyday person?.
I think you?ll enjoy a visit here to this old house?I thought my experience here was rather unique and Im certainly happy that I had my ?Ha Noi Kid? LoAn around to help translate our conversation!
Address: 87 Ma May Street
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