Huynh Thuy Le ancient house attracts visitors

Photo: Thong Nhat

According to Dong Thap Tourist Corp (DTT), to date DTT has received 24,390 visitors to Huynh Thuy Le ancient house, located in Sa Dec, Dong Thap, up 16 percent compred to the same period last year.

Among them, 17,143 visitors are foreigners, an increase of 3 percent year over year.

Mrs Tuyet Nhung, tour guide at ancient house said, there are an average of 2,000 to 2,200 visitors per month and from 3,000 to 3,500 visitors per month in peak season. International visitors have often toured to here through tour “Lover’s footstep”.

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Huynh Thuy Le ancient house (Photo) The home of the main character in French writer Marguerite Duras’s novel “The Lover” in Sa Dec town, Dong Thap province has been listed as one of Vietnam’s most impressive destinations by the Vietnam Federation of UNESCO Associations.

The 119-year-old house owned by the Huynh Thuy family is famous for its unique architecture – a mixture of Southern Vietnamese, French and Chinese styles. The house witnessed the passionate love affair between Marguerite Duras - the well-known French writer who penned the famous novel L'Amant (The Lover) - and Huynh Thuy Le, a son of the Huynh Family.

The wooden house was built in 1895. In 1917, Huynh Cam Thuan, the father of Huynh Thuy Le, rebuilt the house in the style of a French villa, using both Oriental and Western architectural elements.

For more than 100 years, despite the destruction caused by time, the house remains beautifully intact.

The novel L'Amant, set in Vietnam, has been translated into 43 languages and was made into a film of the same name by French director Jean Jacques Annaud in 1992.

The famous novel and film have helped attract many tourists from France, the US, Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the UK to the historic house in Dong Thap, which was named a national cultural-historic heritage site in 2009. (source: VNA)

T.Nhat -Translated by Thanh Tran

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