Built from the 19th century, the ancient house at 87 Ma May, Hoan Kiem district is considered a pearl beyond price, a treasure of infinite worth in the heart of the Old Quarter with intact beauty of the past.

Ma may,ancient house,Old Quarter,Hanoi

This is one of 14 remaining fully intact ancient houses in Hanoi with a total area of over 150 square meters.

Ma may,ancient house,Old Quarter,Hanoi


 The ancient house was of a narrow semi-detached residence architecture, commonly seen in most of the traditional Old Quarter houses which is suitable for multiple uses of both residence and business.

Ma may,ancient house,Old Quarter,Hanoi

 

Despite changes of ownership over the past years, the house still retains its original traits from the structure, building materials, design traits and pattern lines to the domestic appliances.


Ma may,ancient house,Old Quarter,Hanoi


 The century-old house is narrow and deep. Its rooms are separated by luminous courtyards and gardens for the tenant to feel closer to nature.

Ma may,ancient house,Old Quarter,Hanoi

 

 The outermost compartment is separated from the street by a full door wall.

Ma may,ancient house,Old Quarter,Hanoi

 

 Next to the courtyard, there is a back compartment serving as a living room.

 
Ma may,ancient house,Old Quarter,Hanoi

 

 The end compartment is the kitchen and warehouse.

Ma may,ancient house,Old Quarter,Hanoi

 

 The interleaved courtyards provide natural light and air to the house.

Ma may,ancient house,Old Quarter,Hanoi

 

 On the second floor, there is room for worshiping.

Ma may,ancient house,Old Quarter,Hanoi

 

 The roof structure of the worshiping room.

Ma may,ancient house,Old Quarter,Hanoi


 Bedrooms for visitors, who have close acquaintances to the owners.

Ma may,ancient house,Old Quarter,Hanoi

 

 The bedroom is decorated airily, with tea cabinets, wood bed among others.

Ma may,ancient house,Old Quarter,Hanoi

 

 Every object in the house reflects the living habits of Hanoians in the past.

Ma may,ancient house,Old Quarter,Hanoi

 

 The roof with fish-scale tiles reminds of the old features of the house.

Ma may,ancient house,Old Quarter,Hanoi

  

 The house was restored in between the late1998 and 1999 under the cooperation agreement between the cities of Hanoi and Toulouse of France.

Ma may,ancient house,Old Quarter,Hanoi

 In 2004, the ancient house on 87 Ma May was recognized as a national historical-cultural heritage.

Ma may,ancient house,Old Quarter,Hanoi

 Until now, the house has become a must-visit cultural site when foreign visitors arrive in Hanoi. This is also a place providing tour information and the introduction of Vietnamese townhouses in Hanoi Old Quarter. 

Ma may,ancient house,Old Quarter,Hanoi


Ha An
(Dan Tri/Hanoitimes)

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