Beautiful Vietnam
Old house with 120 wooden pillars in Long An
  • By Nguyen Quang | | December 20, 2017 08:35 AM
A more than a century-old house in the southern province of Long An is famous for its 120 wooden pillars.

The house is located ta Huu Dong Commune, Can Duoc District and built with the style of nha ruong, a popular type of housing in the former imperial capital of Hue using precious wood. It has a total of 120 pillars, with 68 of them main pillars.

The house’s owner was Tran Van Hoa, the late head of the council of Can Duoc District of Gia Dinh Province during the French rule. Hoa started building the house in 1898 during the reign of King Thanh Thai.

The house was recognised as a national cultural and historical site in 1997.

The construction of the house was started in 1901 and completed in 1904. The carving work was carried out by a group of 15 famous artisans from Thua Thien-Hue Province.


The 882-square metre house is situated on a 4,044-square metre land plot. It is made from rare wood. 


It has a total of 120 pillars, with 68 of them main pillars.

In front of the house is a big garden

Some parts of the house’s walls have seen cracks

Valuable old objects in the house

The house’s altars, tables and wattles show meticulous carving patterns of tu linh, which means dragon, unicorn, turtle and phoenix, tu tiet, which means flowers of apricots, orchids, daisies and bamboos, and eight kinds of fruit.

Tran Thi Ngo is the current owner of the house and the third generation’s grandchild of Tran Van Hoa.

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