What astounds the author most is stone-made fences. He keeps wondering how workers can build such thick and sturdy fences.Stone-made fences outside Chung Pua ancient house. Photo: Vinh Gấu/ Zing News Photo: Vinh Gấu/ Zing News
The author was told a story that the homeowners often opt for soil with the best cohesion. They then remove the trash and roots from the soil. After that, they use a wooden mold about 1.5 m long and 50 cm wide to put each layer of cleaned soil into the mold. Finally, they utilize a stick to tap and compress each layer of soil. Over time, firm fences are created. This construction way helps the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter.Photo: Vinh Gấu/ Zing News
Visitors can easily catch sight of “Hoa hồi” (star anise) flower on yin and yang tiled roofs. Nevertheless, the flower doesn’t have spiritual significance, said the Chung Pua homeowner, adding that it’s only an ingredient in “Thắng cố” dish (made from horse meat, including almost all the offal such as intestines, liver, and kidneys).A serene corner at Chung Pua house. Photo: Vinh Gấu/ Zing News The house offers plenty of beautiful check-in points. Photo: Vinh Gấu/ Zing News Photo: Vinh Gấu/ Zing News
The main house has three rooms including one for parents, one for children or guests and one to put fireplace and dining table. The upper floor has the same design. The precious stone pine wood is used to divide each room.Photo: Vinh Gấu/ Zing News Smoked sausages. Photo: Vinh Gấu/ Zing News Photo: Vinh Gấu/ Zing News
A meal at Chung Pua ancient house costs VND 250000 (US$ 10.85).Photo: Vinh Gấu/ Zing News
A bedroom looks out of a garden. Travelers can choose to stay at the dormitory for VND 300000 (US$13)/ each person or the double room for VND 1.1 million (US$47.76).