My Visit To Kim Ngan Temple In Hanoi

Posted by : foongpc | Friday, November 21, 2014 | Published in

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After visiting the Heritage House at Ma May Street, Son, my tour guide from Hanoikids brought me to visit Kim Ngan Temple located at Hang Bac Street.

On the way, I took a photo of this building. Notice the influence of French-style architecture? This type of building is prevalent in many parts of the Old Quarter, making the place a rather interesting sight.

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Each of the 36 guild streets in the Old Quarter is associated with a traditional craft and was originally named according to the merchandise on offer. Hang Bac, for example, is also known as Silver Street, as it is where gold and silver jewellery were made and traded.

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It so happened that during my trip, the Old Quarter was celebrating a Jewellery Craft Festival, so when I stepped into Kim Ngan Temple, I saw gold plated lotus flowers and gold plated deities.

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The gold plated lotus flowers.

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A close shot at a lotus flower.

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Gold plated deities.

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Built during the Le Dynasty at the end of the 15th century, the Kim Ngan Temple is now recognised as a national relic site in Hanoi.

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Below is a pictorial tour of the temple so I would just let the photos do the talking.

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I am not sure what does this horse signify. Anyone reading this knows?

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And there was what looked like a hen on top of the horse. What does it mean?

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Some pretty impressive carvings and decorations in the temple.

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The images of cranes standing on tortoises are common sight in Vietnamese temples. They symbolise longevity and happiness. It was a pity I could not take a front shot of the two cranes with the altar in the middle as something was blocking the view, so this would have to do.

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In conjunction with the Jewellery Craft Festival, there was also a collection of ancient coins on display at the temple.

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When we stepped out of the temple, the sky had darkened considerably. Son and I quickly searched for a cafe to escape the rain and we ended up at Hanoi Soul Cafe, which I shall blog about next!

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My Visit To Heritage House @ Ma May Street

Posted by : foongpc | Monday, November 3, 2014 | Published in

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After our late lunch at New Day Restaurant, Son, my tour guide from Hanoikids brought me to Heritage House located at 87, Ma May Street.

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It is actually just a short walk from the New Day Restaurant - in fact, almost directly opposite the restaurant!

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The Heritage House is some sort like a museum showcasing the architecture of a typical traditional house in the Old Quarter in Hanoi. These type of houses are known as "tube houses" as they have narrow facades (width) and long length.

Entrance fee to this Heritage House was 20,000 VND (US$0.95 / RM3.10).

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The above photo shows the front part of the house which usually acts as a shop in the olden days. It was dimly lit.

Then we came upon a small courtyard, which let in some light and allows good ventilation in the house.

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Not sure what were those green plants in the middle of the courtyard.

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Walking past the courtyard, we entered a second section or building and here, there were many things on display, and also on sale. This part of the house was like a living area for the family in the olden days.

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Then, we reached a second courtyard that separates the living area from the kitchen. The bathrooms were located at the far end of the house.

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I think this is the kitchen area.

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Taking a photo of the door entrance into the living area from the second courtyard.

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I noticed several birdcages hanging. This one had a bird in it. Was the bird for sale? I did not ask.

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Walked back into the living area and snapped a photo of the lanterns hanging from the wooden ceiling.

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Then, we walked up the stairs to the floor above. The building by the way is a two storey building.

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We entered the living room which was located in front facing the road and directly above the shop below.  Took some photos here.

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This is the first floor looking down at the courtyard below.

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Opposite is the bedrooms which is directly above the living area below.

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Saw a Chinese chess board game. Perhaps that's what the Vietnamese do in their free time in those days.

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This is the first floor area overlooking the second courtyard near the kitchen below.

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Took some pictures inside one of the bedrooms.

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Built in the end of the 19th century, this traditional house had since been restored and promoted as a Vietnam National Heritage.

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If you are a first timer to Hanoi, a visit to this Heritage House would be quite interesting as this type of house could only be found in Hanoi and in northern parts of Vietnam.

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