Ruong House (mean: panel house) is considered a cultural heritage of Vietnam. Because it’s typical for the beauty of Vietnamese cultural which has been lasting thousands of year. It also represents Vietnam society’s conception of universe art and traditional customs. This article will help you have a deeper insight into the traditional architecture of Southern how in Vietnam.
The simulation of Southern Ruong House
Ruong House is an ancient architecture style in Vietnam, dated about 17th century under the Vietnam’s feudalism. Although being influenced by Chinese architecture, South Ruong House still express unique beauty of Vietnam. Ruong House is a hand-made traditional wooden house with many columns for the cult of the ancestor, beams and pillars, following the model of Dinh, Khau, Cung letter(Chinese characters). Parts of the house is separated by row of columns, pillars and beams and without partition, create open space for the house and make it adaptive to climatic changes, which is why the house was named Ruong House.
Of all house architecture, Dinh house (house is disposed base on model of Chinese character word: 丁) is most popular which consist of main house and wing house. These two houses are usually built in perpendicular, resulting in these ridge-beams being perpendicular which resembles Dinh house one typical feature of house is.
The main gate door of the main house is built in length house while that of the wing house is built in horizontally house, leading to these two gate door facing the same direction and sharing the same eaves. The architecture of Dinh house clearly represents the common conception of feudal regime that the main house used for worship the ancestors, is of more formal design than the wing house. The house is surrounded by trimmed green tree fence, flowers tree and a lot of fruit trees even vegetables.
Southern Ruong House: Elegant design
If Huynh Thuy Le Ancient House with famous love stories in Dong Thap province attracts more hundreds of younger people and French, Ruong House is ideal place for who want to know more about how the house is under the feudal oppression in Vietnam. Ruong House reflects deeply the west architecture. Traditional Southern Ruong House system is commonly designed to attract light and open-space inside the house and adapt to severe weather conditions in here. If looking outside, certainly that you will not know how is elegant house and think that it’s small. It’s surprising for you to see directly the house inside that it’s tall because of the system of big and tall pillars stands around whole of the house.
Besides the roof of the house is low helping to protect the house from strong winds and light, even restricts outside visibility. Most Ruong House is constructed by all beams and pillars made of precious wood such as lim (iron wood), gu (sindora), thong xanh (teranthera pine) and skilful patterns is engraved on the columns, pillars, beams with varies of shape a range of dragon, lotus flower, tortoise and other dedicate patterns. Not only is an artwork of architecture project, Ruong House also reflects customs and habits of people of Mekong Delta Vietnam.
Pillars that bring to the sanctuary of the South Ruong House
Pillars in Ruong House stands firm to prop up the roof. Pillars is tall and dark brown color or light brown which make the house more sanctuary. It’s worth being a best place for heritage tourism and currently is a famous attraction in South. Sadly, many people no longer see their beauty and rather than investing in their upkeep, choose destroy them and built modern home in their place. So the traditional Ruong House is remained very few.
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