The banyan tree, the well and the courtyard of the communal house are the three most representative images of an ancient village in the North and Central deltas. The six villages featured in this exhibit retain this characteristic, and many more, according to architect Hoang Dao Cuong, director of the Institute for the Conservation of Remains.
"Phuoc Tich and Cu Da each retain 26 old houses, An Truyen 7 and Hanh Thien 10. The cultural and religious establishments, the landscape and the local roads remain almost intact", he notes. "These vestiges are as much scientific data allowing us to preserve the old villages and to reflect on the way of enhancing the traditions in modern life".
The six villages are all located by a river that is part of the daily life of the villagers. They are presented by photos and architectural plans with historical and cultural information. Tong Van Tin, a visitor, very much appreciates this approach.
“This exhibit emphasizes the peaceful character and identity of Vietnamese villages. It invites us to reflect on the means of preserving and enhancing these traditions, ”he says.
"I have visited almost all of these villages and I must say that the photos and architectural plans presented are really relevant in that they highlight the originality of each construction. We also learn the history of each village and its architectural peculiarities, "says Dr. Tran Hau Yen The, from the Hanoi School of Fine Arts.
Among the villages presented, only Phuoc Tich de Hue was recognized as a national vestige, along with three other villages, Duong Lam from Hanoi, Loc Yen from Quang Nam and Dong Hoa Hiep from Tien Giang. Despite their exceptional cultural and architectural values, the other five villages in the exhibition have not yet received official recognition, which complicates their conservation. This exhibition should draw the attention of the public and the authorities to these lesser-known villages. The Institute for the Conservation of Remains dedicated the first volume of its book "The Architecture of Ancient Villages of Vietnam" to them. A second volume will deal with six other villages.
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