Unique Ancient House Of Over 200 Years Old In Hoi An
Experiencing over 200 years of history, Tan Ky ancient house still retains its unique architecture, becoming an attractive destination for visitors to explore the ancient beauty of Hoi An ancient town.
Tan Ky house in Hoi An was built 200 years ago. This is the first ancient house honored to become National Heritage many times to welcome heads of state, politicians at home and overseas.
The ancient house of Tan Ky is always busy with tourists. The house was built in 1741, where 7 generations of Le family lived. In the second generation, the house was named Tan Ky for trading and trading agricultural products. The front of the house was connected to the Nguyen Thai Hoc street to open a shop, the back was connected to the river on Bach Dang street to facilitate the import of goods.
Wood is the main material used by the landlord, besides wood, there are also stones and Bat Trang bricks. That is the reason why this house is cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Nowadays, the ancient house of Tan Ky still retains many great and majestic scenes, including many beautiful paintings such as: “Tich duc luu ton” (teaching children and grandchildren to keep good deeds for the next generation); “Tam thuong thai” (keep the mind always quiet).
The roof of the living room of the house is made from jackfruit wood, following the “mai vi vo cua” architecture to help expand the living room space. Many motifs are exquisitely carved, full of humane meanings such as: scrolls, pens, book boxes, etc.., whose owners wish their children and grandchildren would have lots of knowledge.
The area inside the first room has exhibits of antiques and sailing boats, the symbol of the busy Hoi An port from 400 years ago. Tan Ky Old House was the first ancient house to be honored with a national cultural and historical monument in 1990 and has been recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage. This old house is often honored to welcome heads of state, politicians at home and abroad. Many domestic and international film crews have also chosen this old house setting to film.
Tan Ky ancient house has experienced historic floods, culminating in 1964, flooding water up to the ceiling of the first floor. But the old houses are still intact, as challenging with time.
The house also has a collection of “Bach Dieu” antiques considered by archaeologists to be unique in Vietnam. The show is written in 100 strokes, each with a bird taking off.
The bed is black and ancient, with intricate carvings….
Or the base is elaborately carved to keep the brass containing water to serve the hygiene of the Le family.
Wooden chest containing gold and silver of the Le family
Among the many antiques in Tan Ky’s ancient house is the “Chen Khong Tu”, an invaluable treasure associated with the ancient story of Khong Tu, advising people refrain from acts, to keep themselves in a neutral state, not outrageous. .
The house has a typical tubular architecture of the old urban area, there are no windows in the house, the only place to welcome the light of the house is the “gieng Troi” in the middle of the house.
Not only does the “gieng Troi” regulate the light, there is also an old well with fresh, cool water under the “gieng Troi”
The motifs, patterns, structures of the house all bring meaning, colorful messages, Eastern philosophy.
In the house there is also an extract of Epitaph on the tomb of Mr. Le Tan Ky, the founder of Tan Ky merchant shop. Epitaph summarizes the story that moved the heart of the orphan boy thanks to his will to become a man of honor, love, help the poor, beloved by the people in the region.
Some antique are on display in the house.
The space behind the site (records flooding landmarks that flood the old house) sells souvenir products to visitors.
The old house also reserved space for visitors around the world to leave a visit card to save their memories of visiting the old house, a separate mark in the unique architecture of Vietnam’s home.