Story Behind the Image | L’ Amant House

October 6, 2014 ICS Travel Group

Story Behind the Image | L’ Amant House

L'Amant House, Vietnam

The Vietnam Federation of UNESCO has listed a 120-year-old house called “Huynh Thuy Le Ancient House” as one of Vietnam’s most impressive destinations.

Huynh Thuy Le was the inspiration for the protagonist in French author Marguerite Duras’s novel “L’ Amant.” His house is famous for its unique architecture blending southern Vietnamese, French, and Chinese styles.

The wooden house was built the town of Sa Dec in 1895. In 1917, Huynh Thuy Le’s father rebuilt the house like a French villa, using both eastern and western architectural elements.

Last year more than 30,000 people visited the house, including this group led by ICS guide Phan Anh “Tony” Tuan.