Visiting the Dong Son village in the central province of Thanh Hoa provides visitors great insight into the characteristic architecture of old rural houses in Vietnam’s North Central Coast region.

Peacefully hidden away from urban areas and surrounded by mountains on three sides, the village located in Ham Rong Ward, Thanh Hoa city has many hundreds-of-years-old houses with intact interior and architectural features.

From Ham Rong Bridge, the visitors take a one-kilometre walk passing the newly-built Ham Rong Convention Centre to a winding path lined with palm trees leading to the village.

Arriving in the village, visitors are struck with peaceful and ancient scenes of water wells and banyan trees and the ancient rural houses, comprised of three main compartments and two lean-tos.

The village has maintained 10 of its ancient houses, the oldest of which was built more than 200 years ago.

The village was listed on the must-see destinations in Thanh Hoa, the venue for the National Tourism Year 2015.-VNA