Diem village, also known as Viem Xa village, belongs to Hoa Long commune, Yen Phong district, Bac Ninh province. This is an old village with bold history, traditional culture of Kinh Bac countryside. Not only that, this place is also the ancestral cradle of famous folk songs, recognized by UNESSCO as the intangible cultural heritage of humanity. Today, let’s explore the most prominent tourist attractions in Diem village.
The sights to explore tourism in Diem village
1. Diem village communal house
From Hanoi capital, you will follow Highway 1B to Bac Ninh city, then turn left, go up the bridge of Cau river to reach Diem village. Like many traditional villages in Vietnam, coming to Diem village, you will immediately see the village gate covered with moss over the years. No one knows when the gate was built, just know that the elders here passed it on after building the communal house. The village gate is built in the way of the old three-door gate (also known as the three-door entrance), including 3 paths, one in the middle of the largest and two side aisles.
The gate is built of mallet brick, with a two-story structure and roofing. On the gate there are four words “Vàng du Beneficial” which means “going through the village is beneficial”. Those four words are like a polite greeting to the tourist in Diem village, showing the essence of the ancestors, who are important and hospitable … At the top is the picture of the open letter with the center circle. Here, visitors will enjoy the peaceful space of the village with rows of ancient trees shady green surrounding simple and ancient architectures.
Diem village communal house has bold Vietnamese traditional village style
2. Temple of the Same – Well Ngoc
Cung Temple – Gieng Ngoc relic area is located at the foot of Kim Linh mountain. The temple is dedicated to the two princesses, Princess Ngoc Dung and Princess Thuy Tien. Legend has it that these were originally people who made merit to fight the enemy to save people and preserve the country, so they were built temples here. The special thing is that there is a very sacred Jade well at the temple. This is a very attractive destination for tourists in Diem village. Around the well was built into a height of about 1.2 meters. The well is built from large stones stacked on top of each other, creating a large cave in the deepest floor. This floor has a depth of more than 2 meters, is hierarchical by 4 large ironwood trees taken from the mountain. The second floor is made up of large monolithic rocks arranged closely together into 3 steps. No one knows how these stones are linked, only that they are very solid to this day. The top floor of the well is lined with bricks to form 9 steps to facilitate the access of people. The holy Ngoc well at Cung Temple
If you just look at the appearance, the well in front of the temple door does not stand out. However, when you look at the well, you will see clear water and can see down to the natural laterite layer deep in the well. Legend has it that this is a well that never runs out. Elderly people in the village also recounted that ever since their birth parents have never seen a shallow well. Inside the well, there are three fish gods swimming freely. It is called a magic fish because the fish has been in the well for so long, so long that the elders themselves do not know whether there will ever be … In the lake there are three gods fish, clear blue water looking at the bottom
Ngoc well water is very precious and cool. Therefore, visitors to Diem village come here to once enjoy the taste of this well water. To get water, you need to put shoes, sandals on the shore and barefoot to get water. Especially water from the well can be drunk directly without boiling because the water is very clean. Just one sip and you will see the cool and natural sweetness of well water. According to the villagers of Diem village, this water source is taken from the mountain, penetrating many layers of laterite, so it has a unique flavor unmatched. Also because of this preciousness, the people of Diem village usually only take the Ngoc well water to make tea for guests, or to cook wine for use on important occasions.Many tourists come here to drink water for luck
3. Dinh Diem
Dinh Diem was built in the year of Nham Than 1692. The temple was built in the Chinese style on a high ground. The first image that impresses visitors is the great four-roofed house with curved blades at the top of the village. The precinct includes 5 compartments, 17.5m long, 14.9m wide, 6.8m long, 9m wide, Going inside the house is a large, open space and four female pillars with a circumference of up to 2.14m.The superficial Dinh Diem has the style of an ancient three-room two-leaned house
Since ancient times, the Diem communal house has been ranked as the largest and the most beautiful in the region with its exquisite architectural art and carving station. Dinh Diem was quite superficial in the past with three closed two-leaned rooms forming a unified and harmonious body. But later, due to the destruction of war, many unique structures have been completely destroyed, making now only 1 room 2 wings are suspended. That’s why this place still has the tradition of saying: “The first is Dong Khang communal, Second is Bang family, glorious” Diem communal house “. In 1964, Diem communal house was honored to be recognized by the State as a National-level architectural monument, attracting many tourists to Diem village .This is a destination that attracts visitors to explore and take pictures
4. The Temple of the Water Sisters
Talking about Diem village in Bac Ninh refers to the land that gave birth to the sweetness of things. The temple of Thuy To Quan they is the place to worship the King Ba, who has been instrumental in building the village and creating that song of the cemetery. It is from here that the first surname sages have been raised deeply, spreading throughout Beijing to become the Intangible Cultural Heritage representing humanity. After her death, people in Diem village graciously set up a temple and used the 6th of the first lunar month to celebrate her merits. In particular, among 49 villages of Bac Ninh’s family, only Diem village has the temple of Thuy To Quan ho, so this place is called the ancient quan family village. It is said that this is the cradle of their mandarin, so the voices of people in Diem village always have a special feature, a kindness that is filled with love. The entrance to the temple of King Ba Thuy To Quan Ho
Although they are not large, the Thuy To Quan Temple is very special to the people here. The temple consists of three main areas including the shrine, burnt incense and harem. The pre-sacrifice pavilion has a panel with four words “Vuong mother of good fortune”, next to it the date “Khai Dinh Giap Ty (1924)”. This diaphragm means “Mother blessings”. The harem is the place where the tablets and statues of the King of Lady are located. This place is only open during the important holidays of the village. The statue of King Ba is seated in a peaceful position, with a gentle beautiful face, bearing the identity of Kinh Bac surname that cannot be confused with other places. King Ba Thuy To Quan Temple Festival is a unique festival attracting visitors from all over the world to visit the New Year occasion
In addition, this is also the place where the King Ba Thuy To Quan Ho Temple festival takes place on the 6th of the first lunar month. This is one of the four biggest festivals of the year of Diem village, together with the Pagoda Festival that takes place on the full moon day of January, the Tat Gieng Festival on March 3 and the Hoi Dinh on the 6th of August. Most visitors from all directions are still the temple festival of King Ba Thuy To with the wish of praying for good rain and wind of the people. The Temple of the Kings, which is the beginning of the festival, is also the end of the traditional procession around Diem village. Besides, during the festival, there are also many very interesting games that you should not miss in the fascinating Diem village tour. / luhanhvietnam