Dinh Bang Community House
Dinh Bang Community House

Dinh Bang Community House, Bac Ninh

Like any village in Vietnam, there's always a community house built in the center of the village. The Community House is the center of the village's life: all policies and all affairs of each village are done at the Community House; village founders are worshiped in the community house. The Community House is the connection of every one in the village and this is the core of the Vietnamese culture.

The community house of Dinh Bang was known from the 12th century but was destroyed in the vicissitude of history. The current Dinh Bang Community house was built from 1700 and completed in 1736 and is said to be one of the only 2 community houses in Vietnam surviving the French destruction. The other one is in Hai Phong, called Hang Kenh Community House.

Visiting Dinh Bang Community House, you'll follow the former Tieu Tuong River from the Do Temple for 500m. The old architecture faces east and retains much the of the original elegantly-carved dragons and motifs.

The architecture of Dinh Bang Community House

- At the front-most of the complex which faces east is a pond which is a part of the Tieu Tuong River.

 

Dinh Bang Community House - Bac Ninh
To the front of Dinh Bang Community House is the Epitaph behind which is the village pond, formerly a part of the Tieu Tuong River
 

- Then there is an Epitaph which looks like a book displaying a poem in old-style verses wishing the best to the community. The Epitaph has another important function that is the block toxic energy from having direct effects to the complex.

 
Dinh Bang Community House
All supporting structures and the floor of Dinh Bang Community House are made of iron wood

- Behind the Epitaph is a Triple Gate which has a big entrance in the middle with two side entrances to either side. Scientifically, the gate architecture makes it look in good balance. Normally only one or two side gates are open while the main entrance (the biggest one) is shut. This makes it convenient for the community house keeper. But the Triple Gate has many meanings and association behind it one of which is in Buddhism expressing Yes, No and the Middle (right path)…

 
Dinh Bang Community House
To a side of Dinh Bang Community House is a banyan tree
 
 
 
Dinh Bang Community House
The community house is where villagers talk about public affairs
 
 
 
 Curved roof of Dinh Bang Community House
Curved roof of Dinh Bang Community House has been retained from the ancient times
 
 
 
Gilted Pillar of Dinh Bang Community House
Gilted Pillar of Dinh Bang Community House
 
 
 
Inside of Dinh Bang Community House
Inside of Dinh Bang Community House, there's area for ceremonies and meetings
 
 

Inside of Dinh Bang Community House
It's spacious inside of Dinh Bang Community House where important meetings among villagers take place

- Behind the gate is a huge yard surrounding the wooden structure of the Community House.

- The Wooden Community House has a wooden floor raised above the ground with curved roofs and with both sides in good balance to a viewer from the front. There are beautifully carved wood in the structure: Unicorns bearing the raised floor, birds, bamboo woods, storks,…

On Paradissa tours of Dinh Bang Village, you can start the trip by getting on a horse drawn cart from a point to the south of village then travel northward to Dinh Bang Community House, then to the Do Temple. Quang Ho Folk Songs are performed at the Do Temple. The whole visit takes from 2-3 hours.