Binh Thuy old house, a Eurasian beauty

17:18 | 01/09/2016 Society

(VEN) - Binh Thuy old house, also known as Duong Family’s church, is indispensible for tourists to Can Tho City.

Binh Thuy old house, a Eurasian beauty

A Eurasian construction

The house, which was built in 1870 by Duong Chan Ky, an elegant intellectual, is located at 26/1 on Bui Huu Nghia Road, Binh Thuy District’s Binh Thuy Ward in Can Tho Province’s Phong Dien Town.

Ky who was very interested in European things, especially for architecture decided to build the house under an Art Nouveau French architectural design which was familiar in the south in late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The nearly-one-and-a-half-century-old 352sq.m-wide house was firmly built on a 6,000sq.m area and has been kept almost unspoiled until today. The floor was raised up for about one meter from the site and added with salt to repel pests and termites while contributing to cooling the house.

 Binh Thuy old house,
a Eurasian beauty

The house impressed visitors with its European-designed columns wound with embossed grape stems and leaves, porches, wooden doors, tiles, porcelain sinks, decorative lights and especially the 15th Louis-designed mosaic couch.

The house has three valuable century-old sets of tables and chairs and a Sindora mother-of-pearl mosaic wooden bed. The Duong Family’s gilded wooden altar was placed in the center of the house. There is a mirror near the altar for the descendants to look into themselves.

The barrier between the front and the middle of the house is a system of wooden railings and wall cabinets carved with architectural southern patterns such as apricot, orchid, chrysanthemum, bamboo, chickens, shrimps, crabs and rabbits.

A well-known film studio

Thanks to its rare beauty, the house has been selected as studio for filming Nguoi Dep Tay Do, Cong Tu Bac Lieu, Chan Troi Noi Ay and Cay Tre Tram Dot. Particularly in 1990, French film director Jean Jacque Annaud selected it in the replacement of the Sa Dec-located Huynh Thuy Le house as studio for filming L’amant, a sad love story between a French girl and a Chinese rich man.

Some thousand of domestic and foreign tourists visits the house annually

Jean Jacque Annaud decided to choose the house for its old-looking appearance. He also invited writer Son Nam to provide him with studio setting consultancy. The most time and money consuming scene was when the Chinese rich man kneed down before his father to ask permission to marry the French girl he loved in the garden covered with white fabric strips and rain made by water cannons.

The house-owner Duong Minh Hien moved the French film director by his kindness and elegance when letting nearly a hundred of members of the film group into the house to find corners to place cameras and received just VND4 million for the ten days of filming.

A scene of the L’amant

The L’amant has made the house become an attractive destination which has been selected a studio for many Vietnamese and foreign films.

With its original cultural and architectural values, the house was recognized as national architectural site by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in 2009. It attracts some thousand of domestic and foreign tourists annually.


Hoa Quynh