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The Heritage House at 87 Ma May, Ha Noi – Medi Tours

The Heritage House at 87 Ma May, Ha Noi

The Heritage House 87 Ma May – a travel machine to explore the life of ancient Vietnamese. See and know how Vietnam in 19th century
The Heritage House in 87 Ma May is a typical 19th-century house and a witness to the history of Hanoi.

Vietnam had gone through many dominations in the past. Yet there were pains and losses. It has offered a unique and dynamite lifestyle in Vietnam, especially architecture. We can see that; the architecture of Vietnam combines two characteristics of Western and Eastern styles. The Heritage House is one of the ancient houses that remains until nowadays.

The house is a destination you should not pass out when visiting Vietnam’s capital. It not only presents the culture of Hanoi but also a historical place to observe the daily life of Vietnamese in the 19th century.

Thăm phố xưa Hà Nội nhớ ghé Nhà cổ 87 Mã Mây - Ảnh 2.
The outer of the house

Ma May is a unique location in the Old Quarter.
The Heritage House is located at 87 Ma May. The street is laid near the Red River harbor. In the past, it was a hustle and bustle area with trade activities. Ma May Street is exceptional due to its shape. It looks like a horseshoe, running from the North-South, intersecting with Hang Bac and Hang Buom, turning in East-West, and ending at the intersection with Hang Buom and Hang Ngang.
Under the French colony, Ma May was called Quan Co Den Street (Black Flag Street – rue des Pavillons Noirs), and it became a community place for foreign and local traders.

There are several stories of Heritage House.
The Heritage House is one of the 14 ancient houses built in the late 19th century. The particular element is pipe-shape, a notable architecture in that period.
The house was built in 1890 for various purposes: living and selling products. Before 1945, it belonged to a rice tradesman; in 1945, a tradesman selling Chinese medicine bought the house. Since then, the house changed owners 5 times. In 1999, a preservation and renovation project between two cities, Hanoi and Toulouse (France), was implemented to introduce the ancient locals’ living space to the visitors. Until now, the house has become a tourist attraction to learn about Hanoi’s cultural lifestyle and history.

Over 100 years, the house has become a cultural center of Hanoi. It’s a location for domestic and foreign tourists to visit during the trip to Hanoi. It presents a different aspect of Hanoi, letting tourists go on a time trip back to the 19th century. The house is preserved as a historical witness and a cultural center.

Discovering the pipe-shape architecture:
The Heritage House covers 157.6 square meters in total, with 28 meters long, 5 meters wide in the front, and 6 meters wide at the back, allowing a vast space for the living of the house.
The house follows the typical components of ancient architecture of Hanoi in the 19th century – the pipe shape. It allows the unique design for the home: narrow but deep. The house system is designed to meet the living needs of the owners for various purposes.  

The house includes 3 layers: the outside, the middle, and the backyard. The initial purpose is the combination of living space and a selling store. Because of that, the first floor is used for selling products. Due to the reason for displaying, the outer has neither walls nor isolated space so that people can view the activities inside the store. 

One of the unique features of the house is the courtyard. In the past, Vietnamese people considered it a place for family gatherings after a day of working. It is the area for the family to talk and relax together. Another function is to carry the natural lights to the house and circulate the air. The pipe shape with a large skylight roof is a popular architectural design in the North. It allows the house to have better air and natural light, two crucial elements that Northern Vietnamese pay attention to while constructing the living space. Nowadays, many homes still maintain a large skylight roof to bring natural light to the house as much as possible. Moreover, the courtyard is an area allowing the residents to optimize the space to plant trees and flowers as hobbies. 

Thăm phố xưa Hà Nội nhớ ghé Nhà cổ 87 Mã Mây - Ảnh 6.
The skylight of the house
Thăm phố xưa Hà Nội nhớ ghé Nhà cổ 87 Mã Mây - Ảnh 14.

Courtyard and living room

The house is divided into different spaces, such as the warehouse, kitchen, and backyard, to collect the rainwater for use. On the second floor, it has bedrooms and a worship room. Due to the skylight roof, all the rooms receive natural light. 

Thăm phố xưa Hà Nội nhớ ghé Nhà cổ 87 Mã Mây - Ảnh 8.
Worship room
Thăm phố xưa Hà Nội nhớ ghé Nhà cổ 87 Mã Mây - Ảnh 12.
Kitchen in the past

The primary material is wood because of the 4 seasons in the North. Therefore, the temperature can vary according to the season: cool in summer and warm in winter. 

If you have a chance to visit Hanoi’s Old Quarter, the story of 36 streets is related to the craft jobs. Although people move from their original hometown to the capital to live and expand their business, they always remember and thank their ancestors. For each house in the Old Quarter, tourists can discover the characteristics of each craft job in the worship space.

The success of Heritage House 87 Ma May is the beginning for other houses in the Old Quarter houses, such as Quan De Temple (28 Hang Buom Street), Kim Ngan Communal House (42-44 Hang Bac Street), Dong Lac communal house (38 Hang Dao Street). Each of the houses presents the story of the lifestyle in the past. 

Traveling is the time for you to explore more, not only the beautiful sightseeing but also the chance to understand the various aspects of a country. Aiming to provide an exclusive experience for the tourists, Medi Tours presents the Heritage house with a cultural connection to the life of Vietnamese people in the 19th century. The house has a unique architecture that shows the old design in all the details. It’s time for you to travel back and immerse in life as a Vietnamese in the 19th century. 




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