Binh Thuy ancient house Can Tho is a famous tourist attraction in the West. It features outstanding architecture and architecture and is one of the three famous ancient houses representing the Mekong Delta culture. In addition, this is also the place to take many pretty shimmering and gorgeous photos. Let’s go to the West to find out what’s inside the Binh Thuy Ancient House? Architecture, history and tour schedule of famous spots around it.
Where is the Binh Thuy ancient house
Binh Thuy old house is located about 6km from the center of Can Tho city. You can take a car to park in front of the house. The old house is located inside Binh Thuy market and near the People’s Committee of Binh Thuy ward. You pass Binh Thuy bridge, then turn left to the market and go straight about 500m to reach. See Google Maps for directions.
Address: 144 Bui Huu Nghia, Binh Thuy, Binh Thuy, Can Tho, Vietnam.
Ticket price to visit Binh Thuy ancient house in 2020
Ticket price to visit inside the old house of Binh Thuy is 15,000 VND. However, you can stand outside to take pictures for free. Fares are only charged when you are inside the house. Parking is free because there is no car keeper.
Note: The ancient house is a national heritage but under the private management of the landlord Duong. You will be asked to bring VND 15,000 when inside the house. This is not really the ticket price, because you will not receive tickets to visit. It is the money paid to ask the landlord for permission to visit.
Particularly the altar area is not allowed to take photos (The owner of the house and permission must be taken).
Opening hours of Binh Thuy ancient house
Opening hours inside the old house of Binh Thuy are morning and afternoon.
Morning: 8:00 – 12:00.
Afternoon 14:00 – 18:00.
However, you can stand outside to visit, explore and take photos freely during lunch break. Opening hours only count indoor areas.
Reviews of visitors
Let’s take a look at the reviews of the ancient house of Binh Thuy.
Mr. Duy Nguyen evaluated 5/5: “This is the oldest house in Binh Thuy Ward bringing many architectural features of French tourists to visit for a fee.”
Tien1981 ng evaluated 4/5: “Arguably the oldest house in the West, has quite a typical architecture of this land. The front of the photo is very beautiful. Only the inside is quite dark, not photographed. The surrounding grounds have been used for other purposes. ”
Thanh Liem’s friend assessed 4/5: “The old house is covered, quite nice but few services. Entrance fee is 15k, no parking.”
Beautiful pictures must be taken
As I said, besides looking for the old house of Binh Thuy because of cultural and historical values. So this is a very nice shooting location is another attraction. Check out some beautiful photos on Instagram!
Schedule to visit Binh Thuy ancient house
In addition to the old house of Binh Thuy, nearby places also have many interesting attractions. Let’s set up a reasonable schedule to explore all the same route when traveling in Can Tho!
Triangular area of 3 nearby places: Old house of Binh Thuy – Dinh Binh Thuy – Nam Nha Pagoda.
Near the ancient house of Binh Thuy is a famous famous place of Binh Thuy communal house. It is an interesting place to visit with characteristic architecture. In addition, Nam Nha Pagoda is a famous temple with an architecture similar to the ancient house of Binh Thuy that I mentioned in the article.
Son islet is a place not to mention when you have missed the road to the old house of Binh Thuy. Located about 8km from the center of Can Tho but only 3km from the old house.
This is a tourist destination to visit fruit orchards, flying snakehead fish, making interesting folk cakes.
Find out all the reviews and travel guides for those places:
- Backpacking Cham garden Con Son (Vietnamese).
- Peaceful landscape of Nam Nha pagoda (Vietnamese).
- Architecture of the oldest communal house in Can Tho – Dinh Binh Thuy (Vietnamese).
There are also detailed reviews of other famous Can Tho tourist destinations:
- Cai Rang floating market.
- Traditional rice noodles My Homeland.
- Ba Cong fruit garden.
- Can Tho Trusses.
- May Island.
- Muoi Cuong cocoa garden.
Ancient architecture of Binh Thuy ancient house Can Tho
The area of old house Binh Thuy: 6,000m2.
Binh Thuy old house is a house with bold architecture of Chinese, Vietnamese and Western combined. Outside the fence and the main house is like a classical Western architecture, but on the roof of the roof is yin-yang, there are three gates leading into the house.
The campus outside the ancient house of Binh Thuy
The first is the outer fence with stone pillars and iron fences surrounding. The main gate is also built by concrete side pillars and iron fences. However, to get inside the main house, you need to go through a side gate to the main gate. The three-door gate only carries the traditional meaning of the Duong family (the owner of the house), not the mandatory barrier door.
Triangle gate facing east with 4 pillars. The inner sign says temple worship Duong family, and also the upper case translates to “Phuoc An Hieu”.
The roof tiles are covered with blue and yin and yang tiles, all of which have a pattern on them.
Under the tile roof is the symbol of two unicorns Above is a statue of 2 dogs keeping houses on either side. On the roof, there are also symbols cloud, vase.
On the back is a picture of unicorns and goldfish. Particularly, the two sides are Lao Tzu riding buffalo.
The inside yard of the campus is lined with ship bricks. In front of the house, there is a big rockery to make a screen to shield the house. It is meant to avoid the gaze of outsiders coming directly into the house.
On the left of the building from the outside, there is a resting place with a yin-yang tile roof. This is probably a resting place overlooking the flower garden, fishpond and even the temple of the Earth god.
Going straight to the left campus will be a small earth shrine. The temple is about 1m high, painted in blue.
The inside is also covered with blue and yin-yang tile roof. But there are not many statues and cumbersome motifs like the three gates.
Behind that there is also a small aquarium. In the middle, there is a statue of a carp raising its head. Around the lake are several clay toad statues.
Go straight on you will see orchids and cactus. Especially inside there is a Mexican cactus about 4-5m high. Around there are also quite a lot of different flower pots.
If you pay more attention to the horizontal statue of the house, there are statues of bats painted with gold on the ground.
Underneath the bat is a Chinese word.
In the garden there are 7 sets of stone chairs associated with an interesting history of the Duong family.
On the side of the house, there is an additional path going straight inside. At the staircase, there is also a picture of Mr. Tho.
Main house of Binh Thuy ancient house
Binh Thuy old house has a dominant gold tone, highlighted by blue windows and doors (Main doors and windows designed in the style of Art – Nouveau of the West). In the front are ornamental flower pots that both create beauty and shield the inner steps: Tung, fern, fortune,…
Steps higher than 0.5 meters. To go up, you need to go around 2 sides (There are no stairs from the right side. On the right, there is an additional door and steps to go in. Building a high place is because the West is often flooded. Avoid water and insects, pests like mice into the house.
On top of the blue-and-white roof tile (however stained because no one has been cleaned long). There are troughs under the roof to collect rainwater.
The upper part of the main door is decorated with patterns. In front of the 2 houses, there are 2 lamps in the European style.
The main house includes 5 compartments. Different from many houses in that period, there were 3 compartments, the ancient house of Binh Thuy broke that traditional rule.
Below the legend floor there is a layer of granular salt lined with bricks.
THE TACTIC OF SALT LINING UNDER THE TILES HAS JUST REPELLED INSECTS, BROUGHT THE VENTILATION OF THE HOUSE WHILE AVOIDING THE INVASIVE CREATURES ACCORDING TO FENG SHUI. BRICK WALLS ARE SURROUNDED, ONLY RICH HOUSEHOLDS HAVE BUILT HOUSES WITH WALLS IN THE 1900S.
The house is supported by 24 precious wooden beams (Cam Xe). In the middle is the altar set of family Duong. This is a big old clan (You can learn more about the history of the ancient house of Binh Thuy and the Duong family below).
On the left is a picture of a film crew that filmed the film “The Lover” (1992) of France with a French actor and Luong Gia Huy. The memoirs of the cast and director write their thoughts on the filming time here.
THE LOVER (FRENCH: L’AMANT) IS A FILM BASED ON THE NOVEL OF THE SAME NAME DIRECTED BY JEAN-JACQUES ANNAUD, STARRING JANE MARCH, LUONG GIA HUY AND LISA FAULKNER. THE FILM STARTED FILMING IN VIETNAM IN 1986, COMPLETED IN 1990 AND WAS OFFICIALLY RELEASED IN 1992. THE FIRST TWO YEARS OF FILMMAKING ONLY CONSISTED OF FRONT WORK AND DESIGN. THE FILM WAS MADE BY CINEMATIC HONGKONG AND HCM TAPE UNIONS. AT THE END OF 1991, THE LOVER WAS RELEASED IN HO CHI MINH CITY.
Also this area hangs a large picture of 3 deer in the forest. Besides, there are also some pottery pots displayed, the paintings of the ancient house of Binh Thuy were collected.
Inside the main house, there are a total of 3 different sets of tables and chairs. Each set of tables and chairs has different functions. One set for receptions, one for families to eat together and one set for families to sit and discuss. Especially, the marble tables and chairs brought from Yunnan in China.
The right corner is where the certificates of merit from the ancient house of Binh Thuy are hung. On the corner is an old wall clock, large ceramic pots. Next to it is also a display of a pretty Western hand-wash basin in the family that used before.
On the ceiling are large tiles with yellow patterns of flowers and green leaves of the rather elegant.
Especially many pairs of old subtle lamps. A set of Chinese typical pattern and designed. A set of chandeliers only in the old Western aristocrats.
Also the auxiliary lights are hanging quite a lot above the ceiling. Certainly in the past, the Duong family always had lights at night and was quite brilliant.
Especially from the inside to look out, on the ceiling, there are many sets of special designed porcelain dishes (Cups from the Ming and Qing dynasties). Textures with the altar and seal separately. It is not known whether it has been displayed in the past or has recently been preserved separately in a gallery.
In addition, there is a picture of Mr. Duong Chan Ky in the middle and the word Long Tuyen below. Because he was the one who contributed a lot of money to the construction of Long Tuyen Ancient Temple (Also known as Dinh Binh Thuy). Refer to Binh Thuy communal house:
In the middle of the house from the outside looking at is the altar set. Above is the tablet, censer. Especially quite similar to the Chinese altar is that the upper part has a large Chinese character. Surrounded by golden wooden frames with dragons, phoenix, birds, … quite meticulous.
In front of the altar is a wooden frame with many delicate decorative motifs: phoenix, flower tree, … In the middle is a Chinese character and below is a bat image (The ancients, especially the concept of Bat is one of sacred animals that bless us for business).
If you notice, many patterns and stone statues are hanging around the house. From orchids, apricot, daisies, lotus, … to animals such as shrimp, crabs, serve, dragons, bats, peacocks,…
In the house, there are many valuable antiques: ceramic pots, porcelain plates from China, salon suites from France or valuable marble furniture.
SEPARATING THE FRONT, BACK AND MIDDLE HOUSES IS A SYSTEM OF COVERS AND TRIANGLES OF MANY VEHICLES AND DRAWERS MADE OF WOOD WITH FAMILIAR CONVENTIONAL PROJECTS IN ANCIENT ARCHITECTURE, AND IS ALSO CLOSE TO LIFE. LIVING OF VIETNAMESE PEOPLE IN THE SOUTH.
Particularly, the architecture of the main house is not the whole House of Binh Co. Behind the house is the residence of the people. The right architecture includes Vuon Lan cafe which also belongs to an architectural part of the old house. Looking at the image from the flycam you will see on the right there is an architectural floor exactly like the old Binh Thuy house.
Watch the video to discover details of Binh Thuy old house and flycam:
In particular, the architecture of the ancient house of Binh Thuy looks quite similar to Nam Nha pagoda. Learn more about it: Discover the special architecture of Nam Nha Pagoda.
History of the Binh Thuy ancient house Can Tho
In 1870, the ancient house of Binh Thuy was built simply by wood and roofed by Duong Van Vi. The house is used to worship the Duong family.
In 1900, the family grew more and more, Mr. Duong Van Vi intends to rebuild the worshiping house more spaciously.
In 1904, Mr. Duong Van Vi (3rd generation of the Duong family) died, his son Duong Chan Ky (4th generation) continued to carry out the construction of the worshiping house.
In 1911, the process of building Binh Thuy ancient house was completed.
In 1980, Mr. Duong Van Ngon (5th generation) began to enjoy ornamental flower play. He has collected many rare orchids and many different ornamental plants planted behind the garden. Later many people called the house with the name of Binh Thuy Orchid Garden.
In 2009, the worshiping house Duong family (the ancient house of Binh Thuy), which was granted a national monument by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
Currently, the landlord of the Duong family is the 6th generation.
It is a summary of the construction process of Binh Thuy ancient house.
Interesting stories about Binh Thuy ancient house
Binh Thuy ancient house is considered as one of three beautiful ancient houses and has long-standing historical and cultural values in the West. Besides, it also brings the story of “bureaucratic” and “feng shui” myth thanks to Lu Ban sealing the house. Or the hmanistic story about 7 sets of stone chairs. And especially when it became a film studio for the movie Lovers in 1992.
Feng shui story of Lu Ban at the ancient house of Binh Thuy
Lu Ban is considered a feng shui master and carries many horrible tricks. Currently, many people still apply Lu Ban feng shui in their construction.
Legend has it that Mr. Ba Nghia was a well known feng shui master Lu Ban. People often call him Mr. Lu Ban. His identity is also quite interesting. When he was out on the street, he was wrapped in a red scarf on his head, an ax and a Lu Ban ruler always on his side.
Because of its reputation, anyone who builds a house must rely on Mr. Ba Nghia for designing. Mr. Duong Chan Ky at that time also invited Mr. “Lu Ban” to go home to design a temple to worship Duong family. However, he provided another condition when building.
“My teacher who built my house is more beautiful or sparkling than other houses. I want to be a house-builder so my family can do a better job and become richer like this. ”
Lu Ban is the pinnacle of feng shui but is always a double-edged sword. It is similar to playing Ngai, so the more you use, the more you will bite back. Feng shui master Ba Nghia refused and said, “It is difficult that my job wants a rich homeowner, then I have to bite the poor and poor to be able to.”
Lu Ban was previously a master of carpentry in China. He has ingenious workmanship along with excellent feng shui abilities. Former Lu Ban practitioners in Vietnam are always high-level feng shui masters. But legend has it that Lu Ban’s job was also extremely catastrophic.
“LU BAN WAS FORMERLY A MASTER OF CARPENTRY IN CHINA. HE HAS SKILLFUL CRAFTSMANSHIP ALONG WITH EXCELLENT FENG SHUI. PEOPLE WHO USED TO MAKE LOSSES IN VIETNAM WERE ALWAYS HIGH-LEVEL FENG SHUI MASTERS. BUT IT IS SAID THAT THE PROFESSION OF LO BAN WAS ALSO EXTREMELY CATASTROPHIC.
YOU HAVE TO RAISE A GEESE TO SERVE YOURSELF. ITS RULES ARE BALANCED. IF YOU HARM OTHERS, YOU WILL CREATE A HABIT FOR IT. SINCE THEN IT WILL BITE BACK THE FARMERS CONTINUOUSLY. IF THE PERSON DIED, IT WILL BE HANDED
DOWN BY BLOOD VESSELS. OR IF YOU WANT TO GET RICH, OTHERS WILL GIVE BACK. ”
At that time, Mr. Yang Zhen Ky laughed and said, “Teacher, do it for me. Do it for me.” Each month I provide for a match of rice and three silver coins until the teacher dies. “
Mr. Ba Nghia thought deeply and agreed. It is not known whether or not thanks to his talent, the Yang family became increasingly wealthy. The ancient house of Binh Thuy is also typical for the wealth and wealth of the Duong family.
Film set of the film Lovers (1992)
The French film Lovers is adapted from a novel that records the true story. It is the story of the love story of a French girl and a rich Vietnamese-Chinese boy in Sa Dec – Dong Thap.
The film marked a boom in sales and awards at the time. Hong Kong actor Luong Gia Huy, in particular, is the main actor. Certainly the previous generation will know about the popularity of this charming actor.
Initially, the ancient house of Huynh Thuy Le (This is the place where the love story of two main characters in the movie took place) was chosen to be the set. However, because of that time, it was an administrative office of a state agency. So the location was moved to the old house of Binh Thuy.
In addition to the movie Lovers, the ancient house of Binh Thuy is also the studio of many other famous films such as: The beautiful Tay Do, Debt Life.
Three famous old houses in the Mekong Delta are: Binh Thuy old house, Huynh Thuy Le ancient house, Cong Tu ancient house Bac Lieu.
Mexican Cactus 7-8m high.
Mexican cactus is considered a precious plant in Binh Thuy Orchid Garden. It has 2 trees including 1 tree on the garden and 1 tree on the garden of Vuon Lan cafe next to the old house of Binh Thuy old house. Previously that cafe was part of the old house of Binh Thuy but was not requisitioned for sightseeing.
Mexican cactus in Orchid Garden cafe about 7-8m high. Cactus and the garden inside the old house of Binh Thuy are about 5-6m high. Both cactus trees are about 40 years old.
In addition, the ancient house of Binh Thuy English name is Binh Thuy ancient house. You can find more English material with that name.
The story about 7 sets of stone chairs
In December 1945, our army encountered French colonial forces in Can Tho. The ambush troops killed many high-ranking French officers. Yet we also sacrificed 7 soldiers.
Then Mr. Duong Van Ngon built 7 new benches with the meaning of remembering 7 soldiers. The French army came to the district to check the books, so he told them to commemorate the 7 Chinese sages. Then the French colonialists couldn’t do anything to him.
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