via Vietnam Net, 25 August 2021: A feature on Cu Da Village, an ancient village near Hanoi.
Vu Van Than, an 87-year-old resident of Cu Da, said the village was established four centuries ago by royal family members. Then, wealthy businessmen of the village like Cu Doanh, Cu Chan, Cu Phat, who were owners of textile mills, factories and wholesale markets of Hanoi around 1920-1940, brought French architecture to the rural village.
The precise age and history of this village is still a question for villagers and researchers.
Dr Trinh Sinh from the Vietnam Institute of Archaeology suggests that the village was established nearly 2,000 years ago. Scientists collected samples including bricks during the repair and maintenance of ancient pagodas in the village. Patterns on the samples are typical of 2,000 years ago when Vietnam was still largely under ancient Chinese domination.