Photographer Trieu Chien spent a day to capture different perspectives and take note on the Cu Da ancient village in the midst of rapid urbanization in Hanoi. As one of his main concerns in photography is the memory while many aspects of architecture and spiritual life are being replaced in modern era.
Cu Da is one of the 3 villages of Cu Khe commune: Cu Da, Khuc Thuy and Khe Tang, which are located in Thanh Oai, Hanoi. The village was founded 2000 years ago and known for houses that comprise both Western – Eastern architecture.
The village was planned after the shape of the fishbone. The main road spreads into alleys leading to other hamlets, whose names based on many Vietnamese cultural icons and beliefs.
Today the village still has some ancient houses that are about 200 years old, as well as a handful of houses built in modern Western style.
“The land price at Cu Da has dropped but the urbanization is still rising rapidly, many families replaced traditional houses with new, sturdy but undistinguished ones. In the future there may not be any old yet beautiful houses left.” Trieu Chien implied.