Duong Lam Ancient Village Showcased at Hanoi Exhibition Highlighting Architectural Value

Duong Lam Ancient Village will be showcased in the "Community No.01" exhibition, highlighting its remarkable cultural and architectural works.

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An installation exhibition has opened to visitors and art lovers in the famous ancient Duong Lam Ancient Village, located in Son Tay Town on the outskirts of Hanoi.

The exhibition space of Community No. 01 at Duong Lam Ancient Village in Hanoi. Photo by courtesy of architect Oopatham Ratanasupa

An extensive collection of valuable documents, sketches, and structures of Duong Lam Ancient Village, as well as Vietnamese old house architectures, meticulously gathered by Thai architect Oopatham Ratanasupa over 13 years, are now on display at the village.

The opening ceremony of the exhibition took place on October 15 and featured a program called “Sketching Exchange of Duong Lam Ancient Village,” organized by Urban Sketchers Vietnam, Urban Sketchers Hanoi, Hanoi Watercolor Artists Club, and Luly Art Class.

According to Nguyen Dang Thao, Head of the Management Board of Duong Lam Ancient Village Relics, the exhibition aims to provide locals and tourists with unique perspectives on the architecture of Duong Lam Ancient Village.

“This event partially contributes to raising awareness among local people, especially children, about preserving the traditional values of Duong Lam Ancient Village. Based on this exhibition, there will be more cultural activities, exhibitions, drawing classes, and talk shows introducing the heritage in the public spaces of the ancient village in the future,” he said.

Architect Oopatham Ratanasupa (center) received a Certificate of Merit for his contribution to preserving and promoting the value of the relics of Duong Lam Ancient Village from 2013 to 2023.

During the event, Oopatham Ratanasupa, who has diligently researched and documented the typical architecture of Duong Lam Ancient Village since 2013, was honored by the management of Duong Lam Ancient Village Relics.

Known by his Vietnamese nickname “Xe Om” or motorbike rider, the architect first visited Duong Lam Ancient Village in 2013 and has been continuously capturing the essence of the ancient houses through his drawings and sketches.

The Duong Lam Ancient Village Architectural Project has been undertaken by Oopatham since 2013, with a comprehensive mapping of the village through photos, sketches, and objects to showcase the unique features of the ancient houses and structures. To date, the architect has amassed a collection that preserves the beauty of Duong Lam in his own authentic way.

Oopatham Ratanasupa is a graduate of Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris La Villette and has worked as an architect in France for nearly 10 years. He is currently an instructor at the Faculty of Architecture of Silpakorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, and a visiting professor at several prestigious universities worldwide.

Through the exhibition, the Management Board of Duong Lam Ancient Village Relics aims to raise awareness among locals and visitors about the preservation, conservation, and promotion of this thousand-year-old heritage.

The outdoor space of the installation
The indoor space of the exhibition
Unique wooden sculpture of Duong Lam ancient architecture.
The resting place of the exhibition
Old architectural buildings in Duong Lam Ancient Village still retain the unique artistic features of northern Vietnamese ancient villages.