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Discover the 500-year-old communal temple in Hanoi
Updated at Thursday, 07 Dec 2017, 15:03
Dong Ngac Village, formerly known as Ke Ve, in North Tu Liem District, Hanoi, is famous for exemplifying ancient architectural features of the northern region and for being the home of many high-ranking mandarins during the feudal period in Vietnam.
Ke Ve villagers are very proud that they had so many laureates in the royal competitive-examinations. During this feudal period, a doctoral village was any village which produced 10 or more doctors.
From the Ly Dynasty, which began in 1010, to the Nguyen Dynasty, which ended in 1945, Vietnam had 20 doctoral villages. Dong Ngac is one of the top doctoral villages with 22 doctors. Every clan in the village had at least one doctor and the Pham clan had 9.
Dong Ngac has been home to many celebrities who made great contributions in various fields. The village was granted a noble title by the feudal court for its contributions to the court. Most notable was Do The Giai who was a mandarin in the Le dynasty. He was given the honorary title of the highest distinction “Vuong” and was thereafter called Do Dai Vuong.
Most village gates in Dong Ngac are decorated with books or ink-slabs to symbolize the village’s learning tradition or parallel sentences advising the villagers to study hard to follow the village’s tradition. In recent years, Dong Ngac has had about 100 people with the title of doctor. Many of them have become senior State leaders, like former Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem, Minister of Culture Hoang Minh Giam, and the historically notable patriots intellectual Hoang Tang Bi and Doctor Phan Van Truong.
The communal house, family temples and ancient pagodas in Dong Ngac Village are the favourite sites for tourists. The communal house was built in 1653 with many trees of up to 500 - 700 years old. It also has 45 documents issued by Vietnamese kings. Cycling around the village, you can stop at old houses of a few hundred years, made of ironwood. You will also discover East-West styled houses, which were built from 1739 to 1740.
Ve communal temple in Dong Ngac Village, Hanoi.
Ve communal temple in Dong Ngac Village, Hanoi.
Dong Ngac Village has kept intact many historical and cultural values.
Dong Ngac Village has kept intact many historical and cultural values.
The village is famous for the tradition of learning.
The village is famous for the tradition of learning.
The village boasts dozens of old houses hundreds of years old.
The village boasts dozens of old houses hundreds of years old.
“Ngac” is one of the five lanes in the village.
“Ngac” is one of the five lanes in the village.
Ancient architectural traces seen in every lane in the village.
Ancient architectural traces seen in every lane in the village.
Dong Ngac Village, formerly known as Ke Ve, in North Tu Liem District, Hanoi, is famous for exemplifying ancient architectural features of the northern region and for being the home of many high-ranking mandarins during the feudal period in Vietnam.
Dong Ngac Village, formerly known as Ke Ve, in North Tu Liem District, Hanoi, is famous for exemplifying ancient architectural features of the northern region and for being the home of many high-ranking mandarins during the feudal period in Vietnam.
Dong Ngac’s Temple of Literature.
Dong Ngac’s Temple of Literature.
Ke Ve villagers are very proud that they had so many laureates in the royal competitive-examinations.
Ke Ve villagers are very proud that they had so many laureates in the royal competitive-examinations.
The village road.
The village road.
The communal house was built in 1653 with many trees of up to 500 - 700 years old.
The communal house was built in 1653 with many trees of up to 500 - 700 years old.
Ho Ha - Mai Nguyen
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