Cau Ke old house, also known as Huynh Ky ancient house, is located in cluster 2, Cau Ke town, Cau Ke district, Tra Vinh province in the list of the most beautiful villas in the South West. Traveling to Tra Vinh, visiting Cau Ke ancient house, you not only see the beautiful sculptures and paintings, but also learn more about the history of Tra Vinh province in particular and the South in general in the 20th century. .
The house of Governor Ham Huynh Ky was built by him in 1924 according to designs of French architects. Although under the influence of Western culture, but with family order, with Eastern cultural traditions, Huynh Ky was very focused when building the house, choosing the location and choosing the direction. The house is the most qualified nearsighted, near-sighted, near-highway, and the direction of opening the door can get “Thuan Thanh”.
Like many other civil houses, the Huynh Ky house includes the main house and a number of other works such as the gate fence, the back house, the warehouse … The overall layout is distributed as follows: The main house is located vertically. In the center, the back house is horizontally behind the main house and connected to the main house by a path. The warehouse is located vertically from the outside of the entrance gate on the left side of the main house. The house campus is surrounded by a fence with doors.
The gate fence is constructed of reinforced cement in the form of the upper parallel to the lower table. Fence posts, gate posts are made of bricks, bars, gates are made of steel. The gate has two doors, one of the own and a side door. Entering the gate is a fairly large courtyard that is used to plant pots to grow flowers.
Across the yard to the main house.
The main house was built in a rectangle, length 20m, width 18m, with ancient lines, with many different patterns, bricks, decorative reliefs inside and outside the house, bearing the imprint. separately according to the typical decorative style of French architecture. The most eye-catching is still the enameled bricks, which are almost durable with time.
The interior of the house consists of 05 compartments divided into two parts before and after the “outside guest” is the living room inside, which is the rest room. Walls and ceilings are decorated with reliefs and patterns with many sophisticated motifs. All items such as tiles or other decorative items were shipped from France, indicating that the house was a representative of the sculpture and painting developed at that time.
However, the objects in the old house are arranged in pure Vietnamese style and there is a clear interference between modernity and tradition.
In particular, the ceiling of the house is not made of reinforced concrete, but uses wood as a frame and then uses a wire mesh to hang onto the wooden frame and fill a mixture of lime and mortar. From the ceiling to the roof is an insulated space with ventilation holes, so keep the house cool at all times.
In addition to its architectural value, the house is also a unique sculpture and painting. Statues, reliefs on roofs, pillars, door arches, windows; paintings on walls, on ceilings; The use of ceramic tiles with a variety of patterns to decorate the lobby, walls and floors has created a unique unique feature for the building.
Cau Ke ancient house is a testament to the history of Vietnam’s architectural development, a period of transition between traditional architecture to modern architecture. The house is also a testament to a historical period of the land of Tra Vinh in particular and the South in general in the early decades of the twentieth century. In 2011, this house was recognized by Tra Vinh province as a provincial cultural, architectural and artistic relic.
Currently, in addition to Cau Ke Old House, in Cau Ke district, there are many beautiful landscapes, historical relics, and famous spiritual destinations that attract tourists such as: Cu Lao Tan Quy, Historical revolutionary pagoda. O Mich; Thanh Tinh Thanh Long Trang Vo; Memorial area for heroic heroine of Nguyen Thi Ut (ie Ut Tich), Wat Sam Pua of the Khmer, Ong Bon pagoda of the Chinese …
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