A 100-year-old communal house under Bodhi tree roots

Bodhi trees growing on the roof and their roots embracing the entire Tan Dong communal house (Tien Giang province) is an image that attracts tourists.

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Tan Dong, over 100 years old, is known as one of the unique communal houses in Vietnam as it is embraced by the roots of Bodhi trees. The communal house is located in the middle of a vast field in Go Cong Dong district. Photo: Trinhhoaitri.

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The house still stands firm over the years thanks to the support of two bodhi trees growing on the roof. Tree roots reach out to cling to the wall and plunge deep into the ground. For the local people, the house is considered a treasure, a sacred place. Photo: Kyuubei.nguyen.

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In the past, the communal house used to be a venue for festivals. This place was abandoned for a long time. Photo: Nguyen.duy_95.

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Tan Dong communal house has a main hall,  auxiliary rooms and communal courtyard, located in the middle of the overgrown grassland. One of the arches has a carving of the year 1907. However, no one knows exactly if that was the year when the house was built or not. Many people believe that this site dated back to the reign of Emperor Minh Mang. Photo: M24pg12.

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With a facade wall with five arches surrounded by bunches of bodhi roots, the old house has become a familiar check-in point for young people. Photo: Kyuubei.nguyen.

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Recently, the house has put on a different look after restoration. The wall was reinforced, replaced by wooden doors. The space in the house will be a place for local people to come to worship. Photo: Mrgreendatto.

Photos: Zing

 

Linh Ha

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