Duong No Village and Ho Chi Minh's Monuments

Uncle Ho’s monument house in Duong No village is part of a group of his monuments in Duong No (Phu Duong Commune, Phu Vang District, Thua Thien Hue Province), 7 km distance from Hue city, on the way to Thuan An beach, a busy village with a rich cultural historical tradition.

Dinh Duong No (Duong No Communal House) is a perfect example of this kind of architecture found in a Vietnamese traditional village. In 1898, in the year of Mau Tuat, Mr. Sac took part in the second Metropolitan examination, but failed again; his life and writings were just as unsuccessful. Meanwhile, in the ancient capital city, Mrs. Loan worked many hard and lonely hours, but couldn’t help her family’s destitution. After failing the second exam, Mr. Sac was not eligible to receive the National University’s scholarship and so, to retake the exam, he had to study by himself without aid. In this situation, a friend of his arranged the position as a tutor for Mr. Nguyen Si Do’s children. Mr. Sac brought his sons- Khiem and Cung to Duong No to study with him.

The small temple of Duong No village

Mr. Sac’s house, in Duong No Village, was originally a temple for the forefather of Mr. Do’s wife’s family. It was a house consisting of three compartments and two leans-tos, a thatch roof, and a wooden wattle. The arrangement in the house is convenient and beautiful and looked much like a Nghe teacher’s house. In the middle compartment, the class for Mr. Do's children was held, using a plank bed for them to study on, in lieu of table and chairs. In back of the makeshift classroom stood the altar. The right of the central compartment, in an adjoining space, a bamboo bed was placed in the corner. In the third compartment to the left, held a chest used to store the family belongings.

In addition to the three sections of the house were two chambers, flanking either side. One was for keeping the clothes of Mr. Sac and his sons, and the other was for keeping rice. The fence of hibiscus along the two sides of the path leading to the house was trimmed carefully and gardens of flowers surrounded the house, lending their scents to its occupants year-round. In front of the house runs Pho Loi River. In summer, the winds carry with them the smell of the sea from Thuan An beach and keep the temperature very cool.
The village scene, the river wharf, Banyan trees, village temple and the house evoke thoughts of Kim Lien - Uncle Ho’s native land. Today, tourists go to Duong No, not only to visit the house of Ho Chi Minh, where he spent his tender age, but also to visit the river, wharf, and Am Ba Temple, and other sites where Uncle Ho once visited and studied.
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