Village communal house in mountain town


Luong Khe Communal House

Along with the increasing presence and settlement of Kinh people on this land, communal houses were built one after another in the early years of the twentieth century. The first communal house built was Luong Khe communal house, which is now nearly 100 years old. In 1913, two years after establishing Luong Khe village, the villagers together built a communal house in the middle of the village as a place to worship the local god, hoping that the god would bless and protect the people to settle down and settle down. The communal house was initially built with a thatched roof, bamboo walls, and a dirt floor. The communal house faces south and is located on high ground. The communal house was built in the style of the word “mon”. The main hall worships Hung King. The south-facing row of houses worships the ancestors who were instrumental in destroying and building the village. The row of houses facing north is where villagers meet during festivals. The main hall has three compartments, Vietnamese warehouse architecture, the roof is decorated with the image of “two dragons flanking the moon”, the four heads of the upper and lower roofs are all attached with coiled ropes. After renovations, the communal house’s roof was re-roofed with scale tiles, the walls were built with bricks and wooden ribs. On the top of the roof are two phoenixes flanking the moon, and the columns in the lobby are carved with dragon images. On June 26, 1925, King Khai Dinh bestowed a royal decree on Luong Khe communal house. The communal house still retains many ancient relics from the reigns of King Khai Dinh and King Bao Dai to this day. Luong Khe communal house is currently located on Tran Phu street, Kon Tum city.

7.6.2The campus of Trung Luong communal house’s historical and cultural relics.

With the same purpose of worshiping the gods and praying for peace and prosperity for the villagers, Trung Luong and Vo Lam communal houses were also built.

Trung Luong Communal House, built in 1917. It is a place to worship the god Hoang Bon Canh, imbued with folk beliefs and culture of the Central region. Today, Trung Luong Communal House is located at the corner of the intersection of Phan Dinh Phung – Phan Chu Trinh street, Kon Tum city. At the Dinh, there are still relics of great value in terms of local cultural history (01 gong, 01 gong stand, crafted in the 11th year of Bao Dai, 01 horizontal panel, 02 bowl stands). dating back to the Dinh).

7.6.3Historical and cultural relics of Vo Lam communal house

Vo Lam communal house, dated 1935, after Kon Tum town was established (1929). The communal house was built in the center of Vo Lam village, Tan Huong district, Kon Tum district. The communal house is currently located at the corner of Ba Trieu – Mac Dinh Chi street, Kon Tum city. When built, the entire area of ​​​​the communal house was 10,000 m2. Vo Lam Communal House is also an ancient Vietnamese folk architectural work in the Central region of Vietnam. The architectural style is shaped like the letter “Dinh”, including Tien Duong house, Main hall, Tien Hien church and Group house. Currently, the communal house still retains a number of valuable artifacts.

Previously, when communal houses were established, the villagers always appointed someone to take care of the communal house. This person is called the Creator. The mascots of the communal house are kept by the owner and carefully cleaned every time a ceremony is prepared. Today, the communal house is still maintained and looked after by responsible people. Here, sacrificial ceremonies take place and is where people from inside and outside the province often come to offer incense and pray for peace.

The existence of communal houses with historical and cultural values ​​is of great significance in the historical process of building the land of Kon Tum, contributing to marking the cultural interference and integration of the Kinh people in the economy. Diverse culture of Kon Tum ethnic community. On August 3, 2007, Trung Luong and Vo Lam communal houses were recognized by the Provincial People’s Committee as provincial-level historical and cultural relics. These are two of Kon Tum’s 17 national and provincial historical, cultural, and scenic relics that have been recognized to date. As for Luong Khe communal house, it is currently completing the application for recognition as a relic.

Tran Le

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