Norwegian Ambassador enjoys Tet atmosphere at Duong Lam ancient village

Wednesday, 31/01/2024 14:07
As spring is knocking and Tet (the Vietnamese Lunar New Year) is approaching, Ambassador of Norway to Vietnam, Hilde Solbakken, together with her husband and daughter, spent an afternoon in Duong Lam ancient village outside Hanoi to explore the beauty of the Vietnamese traditional culture.

They had a wonderful time with amazing experience. Ambassador Solbakken was very impressed by the ancient architecture of the local houses with connecting rooms and many generations living together. Particularly, the sense of respect of Vietnamese for their ancestors can be felt everywhere.

Walking around the ancient village and touching the rustic and beautiful fences made of local đá ong (laterite), Ambassador Solbakken made a comparison between the Vietnamese and Norwegian ancient houses, where the latter are mainly made of wood.

As the new year holiday is time for family reunion, the Norwegian diplomat expects to discover similarities in culture between the two countries during the festive period. In the photo, the diplomat’s family pose for a group photo with local residents in Duong Lam.

Duong Lam is renowned for its architectural charm and culinary traditions, making it a must-visit destination for any tourist to Hanoi. In ancient houses, tourists are often treated to a local specialty – chè lam cake, which is made of simple ingredients such as glutinous rice, mung beans, ginger, honey or sugar, and peanuts. The cake is often offered during Tet.

Touring around the ancient houses and discovering the old architecture is a great experience for the Norwegian diplomat’s family.

Following are a number of pictures of the visit:


Norwegian Ambassador explores Vietnamese Tet at Duong Lam ancient village

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