If you are a person who always has curiosity with unusual things, you should come to Vietnam. Not only has many weird foods, Vietnam has a lot of ridiculous buildings that might surprise you. Can you imagine how people can live in a house with only 2m width and 1.2m length? If you cannot, let me show you.
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In Saigon, it’s not so hard to find tiny houses like that. These precarious houses are often located in small alleys right at the central of the city. It’s so weird that these “houses” do not usually appear at the slums. Otherwise, they are placed right next to spacious houses.
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This tiny house has been built for so many years. It is the living place of three generations in a poor family. They have endured through time in such a narrow space, which is so hard to move and breath. That’s the reason why the doors are always open. This house has no bathroom so the members have to use public toilet (sometimes it’s quite far from their place). In the summer, they are only at home for sleep at night to avoid the heat. In the winter, their place looks like a cocoon with a lot of stuff inside. For family meal, they even have to sit or stand outside the house to eat.
In Hanoi, especially at Old quarter, there are so many tragicomic stories along with the life of people who live in teeny houses.
Because of their narrow living space, they dare not to have many children.
The dramatic fact is that when a person is nearly dead, he will be carried outside the house then moved to the funeral home. Because it’s impossible to bring the coffin into their place so people here are not allowed to die in their house.
Of course nobody wants to live in such a tiny space like that. But these poor people can do nothing to change their place (at least for now). So they keep staying here and work hard for their better place in the future.