Qua Giang Communal House

Published: January 09, 2014

The Qua Giang Communal House is situated in Qua Giang Village, Hoa Phuoc Commune, Hoa Vang District, Da Nang.  It was built in 1821 and it is an interesting place for those who want to learn more about the history and culture of a Vietnamese ancient village.
The site is home to the holy temple of Quan Thanh De Quan, the saint who has been praised for his resplendent symbol of morality, loyalty, faith, frankness and righteousness.  In addition, it is dedicated to the founding members of Qua Giang Village’s 4 clans, named Dinh, Le, Tran and Nguyen.  In the reign of Lord Nguyen, these clans from the northern region together founded Qua Giang Village which originally consisted of Qua Giang, Giang Nam, Tra Kiem, An Luu and Con Mong areas.

The house is a great example of the architectural style of the Nguyen dynasty, with its pantile roofs and brick walls.  It features 2 parts - the front house and the main temple terrace, and 2 covered corridors connect these parts to form a rectangular-shaped structure. 

The front house has 8 main wood pillars, each measuring 5m in height.  The rafters are patterned after "Chong ruong - Gia thu" and are carved with stylised floral and animal designs. 

The main temple terrace has three sections with four roofs.  The pillars against the walls are carved with dragon’s heads, the word “longevity” written in Chinese script, and floral designs.  The doors were made by skilful carpenters from Kim Bong Village in Hoi An.  The temple’s roof is decorated with two dragons turning their heads and looking at each other, a well-matched pair of phoenixes, unicorns and tortoises.  According to Vietnamese beliefs, these are the 4 sacred animals which symbolise power, intellect, longevity and nobility.  They are all encrusted with shards of pottery. 

Receiving certificate for recognising the communal house as a national historical and cultural relic
Receiving the Ministry of Culture and Information's certificate for recognising the Qua Giang Communal House as a historical and cultural relic

The communal house was recognised as a historical and cultural relic on 1 February 2000 by the Ministry of Culture and Information.

Ceremony to commemorate the villages founders
A ceremony to commemorate the village's founders

To commemorate the village’s founders, ceremonies are held annually at the communal house on the 20th day of the 2nd lunar month, and the 12th day of the 7th lunar month.