Old central Vietnam sites recognized as architectural masterpieces

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An old thatched bamboo cottage, a historic house and a lake in the central province of Quang Nam have been recognized for their beauty and preservation by the Viet Nam Book of Records (VietKings).

The bamboo cottage in Dien Minh Commune, Dien Ban Town, said to be more than 102 years old, was recognized as a "pure Vietnamese thatched bamboo house restored in the most authentic Vietnamese style."

It has a clay floor, a thatched roof with trusses made from bamboo and some columns made of wood.

The cottage was restored by Vietnam House JSC (Vinahouse) last year after its former owner transferred it to the company.

The other house is in Dien Ban Town and comprises three apartments and four roofs, 108 wooden columns and was home to six generations of families.

It was recognized by Viet Kings as the biggest one of its kind (having three apartments and four roofs) with the largest number of columns.

Experts from Japanese Showa Women's University say it is around 200 years old.

The lake, also in Quang Nam, was recognized as "the lake with the most unique structure in Vietnam."

It was built with old-fashioned bricks and paved with 5,000 ancient terracotta dishes from the Nguyen dynasty in the 19th century.

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