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    Huynh Thuy Le’s ancient house - a must-see destination in Mekong Delta

    Those who are familiar with the French authoress Marguerite Duras would remember her most celebrated novel awarded Goncourt Prize in 1984: "The Lover" - got inspiration from her girlhood in Mekong Delta Region in Vietnam. In a house in Sa Dec Town, Dong Thap Province, that love story is retold almost every day though nearly a century has passed since then. The house is Huynh Thuy Le Ancient House, where the lover of the author lived. Duras had many memories of this place.

    Huynh Thuy Le’s ancient house - a must-see destination in Mekong Delta

    The wooden house was built in 1895,situated in the bank of Tien River at 225A Nguyen Hue Street, Sa Dec Town, Dong Thap Province. 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. The house is well-structed and the furniture is luxurious, some of them even were brought from France. It is a low house with a Chinese-style ridged roof which was described in Duras’ novel as a “big villa” with “blue balustrades” and “tiers of terraces overlooking the Mekong”. The busy facade combines Chinese and Classical elements, while the interior walls display photographs of both Le’s and Duras’ families, although the relationship was never condoned by either side.

    Huynh Thuy Le’s ancient house - a must-see destination in Mekong Delta
    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. So, it has been listed as one of Vietnam’s most impressive destinations by the Vietnam Federation of UNESCO Associations. For more than 100 years, despite the destruction caused by time, the house remains beautifully intact.  now become a popular tourist destination in Mekong Delta Region for all literature-lovers, approximately 2000 tourists come here monthly. Most of them are foreigners. Visit here with Vietnam travel.

    Huynh Thuy Le’s ancient house - a must-see destination in Mekong Delta

    Huynh Thuy Le’s ancient house - a must-see destination in Mekong Delta

    Come in here, you can see the portrait and dwelling of the author’s lover. Here still remain all documents about the Huynh family and pictures recalling the old love story.

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