UNESCO hails famous ancient house as ‘impressive'
The Viet Nam Federation of UNESCO Association has listed a 119-year-old house called Huynh Thuy Le Ancient House in Sa Dec Town in the Cuu Long (Mekong Delta) province of Dong Thap as one of Viet Nam's most impressive destinations.
Huynh Thuy Le was the inspiration for the protagonist in French writer and Le's lover Marguerite Duras's novel L' Amant. His house is famous for its unique architecture blending southern Vietnamese, French, and Chinese styles.
The wooden house was built in 1895. In 1917 his father rebuilt the house like a French villa, using both eastern and western architectural elements.
Last year more than 30,000 people visited the house, with the number from EU countries increasing by 20 per cent year-on-year. — VNS