100-Pillar House attracts visitors to Dong Thap province

A more than a century-old house which was built with over 100 precious wood pillars located in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap is one of the popular destinations by the number of tourists.

A horizontal lacquered board engraved with characters , “Hoa Dung”, is hung over a door aiming at teaching the family’s members to live in peace with each other.

The house’s owner was Tran Van Hoa, a headmaster of Long Huu village in Gia Dinh province and councilor of Cho Lon, former provinces of South Vietnam surrounding Saigon. Therefore, the house was called Nha ong hoi dong-Nha ong ca (Councilor’s house).

The house has 3 main compartments and two double lean-tos on an area of 400 square meters. It was named a national historical and cultural relic in 1997 by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
The house’s owner invited carpenters from Hue to build and completed it in three years. The construction is heavily influenced by the Hue royal architectural style.

The house is home of a lot of furniture that's made of different varieties of precious wood and decorated with intricate mother of pearl designs in many creative inlays.

 

Mr. Le Minh Ton, 79, who is living in Tan Binh commune, Dong Thap province’s Chau Thanh district, is the current owner of the house and the fourth generation’s grandchild of Tran Van Hoa. 

100-Pillar House attracts visitors to Dong Thap province

A horizontal lacquered board engraved with characters , “Hoa Dung”, is hung over a door aiming at teaching the family’s members to live in peace with each other.

100-Pillar House attracts visitors to Dong Thap province

The house's ancient tile roof

100-Pillar House attracts visitors to Dong Thap province

The house’s gate

100-Pillar House attracts visitors to Dong Thap province

The house shaped like “bat”, a Han script that represent 8

100-Pillar House attracts visitors to Dong Thap province

100-Pillar House attracts visitors to Dong Thap province

The Pa Kua octagonal framed mirror placed on tile roof to create good fortune and to protect against bad energy.

100-Pillar House attracts visitors to Dong Thap province

100-Pillar House attracts visitors to Dong Thap province

Southern style home with wide covered verandas

100-Pillar House attracts visitors to Dong Thap province

100-Pillar House attracts visitors to Dong Thap province

Sophisticated patterns of cranes

100-Pillar House attracts visitors to Dong Thap province

A line of 10 pillars made of precious wood

100-Pillar House attracts visitors to Dong Thap province

100-Pillar House attracts visitors to Dong Thap province

An altar cabinet with mother of pearl inlay patterns

100-Pillar House attracts visitors to Dong Thap province

100-Pillar House attracts visitors to Dong Thap province

100-Pillar House attracts visitors to Dong Thap province

A set of four chairs decorated with mother of pearl inlays

100-Pillar House attracts visitors to Dong Thap province

An ancient lantern

Kim Khanh

SGGP

 
 

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