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Explore Himeji – The flying castle
If you are fans of the animations of Studio Ghibli, it’s hard to forget the images of the magnificent castles in Spirited Away and The Tale of Princess Kaguya. These castles were exactly inspired by Japanese buildings. Therefore, during your 100 step journey, don’t forget to visit old buildings which store secrets within their paper windows, wooden gates, and battlements. Text and photos: Cac Truc I visited Himeji Castle in Hyogo Province on a beautiful day. From a distance, the nearly ...
Tomb of Khai Dinh Emperor - The only tomb with East - West architecture in Hue
Khai Dinh Tomb, also known as Ung Tomb, built during 11 years, some materials are from France, Japan, China. This is the only tomb in Hue City has a combination of East-West architecture. Khai Dinh Tomb, also known as Ung Tomb, built during 11 years, some materials are from France, Japan, China. Once coming there, visitors can easily realize the prime location of the tomb, there is a low hill in the front, two statues including "Left Dragon" and "Right White Tigers". From tomb, visi ...
12 stunning architectural hotspots that make you want to explore in Singapore
In a modern city like Singapore, you are bound to be surrounded by amazing works of architecture almost everywhere you go. From the HDB block of flats where most of us call home, to towering office buildings that seem to outdo each other aesthetically, there is no lack of architectural structure that you can discover as you explore the city. Here are 12 hotspots that you can include in your list the next time you go out exploring architecture around Singapore! This is by no means an exhaustiv ...
A "world heritage" in Saigon
In District 9 – Ho Chi Minh city, a man has been working for 5 years to make an opulent model integrating the entire community of palaces and mausoleums of Hue – a world heritage. See more Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) travel guide at here. Text and photos: Dang Khoa Ngu Lam Vien – Legendary garden It is not difficult for me to find this “Hue heritage in Saigon” as many people have called it. Going to 502 – 504, Hoang Huu Nam street, Long Binh ...
Hue garden houses bloom with beauty
Hue is one of a few cities in Vietnam which have retained images of their ancient royal heritage and artifacts. Beside the well-known historical royal citadels, temples and pagodas, Hue is also exposing its traditional and beautiful garden houses in residential areas. See more Hue travel guide at here. The system of Hue gardens consists of house gardens, pagoda gardens, tomb gardens, and palace and royal gardens, which were built on both sides of the Perfume River but mainly c ...
The beautiful 300-year-old houses in Duong Lam ancient village
In urbanization, ancient houses in Duong Lam (Hanoi) gives a sense of peace, relaxation. The house of Mr. Ha Nguyen Huyen in Duong Lam (Son Tay, Hanoi) impresses visitors with the green trees. This family earns their living by making soybean sauce. Soybean sauce is processed right on the brick-paved yard. The main house is designed in traditional style, with wooden columns with a diameter of 30cm. Mr. Huyen decorates his house with parallel sentences and objects of t ...
Discover the beauty of India's underground wells
Uncontrolled pumping of ground water has led to drying up of most of the wells in India. Today, many of these projects are completely abandoned. In India is a large amount of slowly decaying stunning architecture. Many of us have never even heard of them. We are talking about the extraordinary rock wells up to a depth of ten floors. Thirty years ago, journalist Victoria Lautman made her first trip to the country and found an impressive objects. The massive structure has been design ...
Discovery of Bagan’s old area with 10 famous pagodas & temples
If Angkor of Cambodia show its flair on the stone and brick, Bagan of Myanmar is the solitude & immense beauty with the sacred pagodas & temples. Lawkachanthar - Thagyarhit - Thagvarpone Photo: Khanh Bang / vnexpress.net From Nyang U’s Town, The temples’ complex: Lawkachanthar - Thagyarhit - Thagvarpone is the 1st places where the visitors feel the picture of glorious past of Bagan Buddhist land. The ancient city is shined under the red- brick sunshine. Htilom ...
Image beam: The beauty of deserted monastery in Sapa
After more than half a abandoned century, monastery of Ta Phin now put on a beauty of mystery, mystical and extraordinary absorbing. Located on the way to temple of Ta Phin commune, Sa Pa District, Lao Cai Province, Ta Phin monastery is wrecking French colonial popular architecture in the Northwest. This monastery was started to construct in May 10/1942, but the construction has stopped due to the political upheaval in 1945. It became abandoned since then. In short operating ...
Phuc Kien Assembly Hall
Phuc Kien Assembly Hall is one of the typical architectural works in Hoi An. Thanks to its unique architecture, it is gradually becoming one of the tourist attractions luring the large numbers of tourists in Hoi An. Situated in No.46 Tran Phu Street, Hoi An, Quang Nam province, Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, also known as Fujian Assembly Hall, is one of 5 official assembly halls in Hoi An, including Chaozhou (Trieu Chau), Guangdong (Quang Dong), Fujian (Phuc Kien), Hainan (Hai Nam), and Hak. Ch ...
Saigon Central Post Office
Located in the city center, Saigon Central Post Office is an indispensable sight for foreign tourists to the city. Its unique architecture, great aesthetic and historical values have deeply left impression in tourists' mind. See more Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) travel guide at here. Situated at No. 2, the Paris Commune Street, District 1, Saigon Central Post Office is one of the most typical architectural works in Ho Chi Minh City. Being a mixture of Gothic, Renaissance and Fren ...
Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature is a valuable relic located in the south of Hanoi. Being listed as one of 23 special national monuments of Vietnam, this is a historic relic along with the establishment and development of the capital. See more Hanoi travel guide at here. Located on a campus having the total area of over 54,000m2, the Temple of Literature Hanoi (Van Mieu) is lying in four streets including Quoc Tu Giam street in the south, Nguyen Thai Hoc street in the north, Ton Duc Thang street ...
Truong Tien bridge
Truong Tien Bridge gracefully silhouetted on Perfume River for over 100 years has seen ups and downs of the historical events of the ancient capital. This is one of the typical symbols in Hue attracting the large number of tourists at home and abroad. See more Hue travel guide at here. Connecting 2 riverbanks of Perfume River, Truong Tien Bridge, also known as Trang Tien Bridge was inaugurated in 1899 with its length of 402.60m and 5.40m wide. The bridge was designed in Gothic arc ...
Lift up your heads, you mighty gates
Since ancient times, the village gate has served as more than just an entrance or exit. Many villages have more than one gate, each facing different directions. Uoc Le gate village in Thanh Oai Dist., Hanoi. Photo: Bui Dang Thanh Originally, these may have been made of spiked bamboo to prevent wild beasts from entering. Later, they became part of the general defense against any intruders. In the flourishing middle Le Dynasty, the gates were built stronger, longer lasting, and more beau ...
The French school
Dalat is the only town in Vietnam which, in terms of its architectural planning and design, can be said to be European. The design includes thousands of villas, edifices and public buildings, among which the most notable is the Pedagogical College of Dalat or Dalat Teacher's Training College. See more Dalat travel guide at here. Years ago, seeing a calendar with a picture of a big lake and a tower behind a grove in the background, I thought it was something half the earth away. Bu ...
Hanoi's colonial architecture
Hanoi is long known for its famous colonial architecture. Although the French colonial period came to an end a long time ago, much of the French arts and deco style are still imprinted in the architecture of Hanoi. One hundred years under colonization of French, Vietnam did not lose its traditional color, but it also absorbs new perspectives from a modern France. Along the history of Hanoi city, it is not overstated to claim that ancient French architecture has contributed significantly in cr ...
Stories from Nam Phuong Palace
Queen Nam Phuong Palace (named after King Bao Dai’s wife) or Nguyen Huu Hao’s palace (Queen Nam Phuong is Nguyen Huu Hao’s daughter) is situated in a large pine forest along Hung Vuong street in Dalat. It is now under the management of the Lam Dong museum and was recently opened for visitors. See more Dalat travel guide at here. Recently, we had a chance to meet Hue researcher Nguyen Dac Xuan in Nam Phuong palace, and listen to many stories about this opule ...
Visiting Bao Dai villa in Nha Trang
Bao Dai villa (also known as Bao Dai palace) is the common name for homes of King Bao Dai apart from ones in Hue citadel. King Bao Dai owned many palaces through out Vietnam and one of them is in Nha Trang. From the city center of Nha Trang, go along the seaside Tran Phu road to the South, near the wharf, you will reach a small hill on the left with a small path up. Following this path, a colorful space and magnificent scenery will appear in front of you. Little works of architecture are hidd ...
Lam Kinh – Back to origins of the later Le dynasty
After ten years of the war of resistance against the Ming aggressors (1418 –1427) and building an independent country, the leader of the Lam Son insurrection, the hero Le Loi was officially enthroned, set up the capital in Dong Do (also known as Thang Long) and started a new dynasty for the feudal – the Le dynasty. To commemorate his homeland and also the revolutionary base of the Lam Son insurrection, emperor Le Loi built the monument in the sacred land of Lam Son, called Lam Kinh t ...
Mixture of Orient and Occident
Among the many attractions in Ho Chi Minh City, the interest of many tourists, especially those from overseas, is drawn by a building with a particular architecture, situated in the center of the city. This edifice, or “Mr Hoa’s house” as the Saigonese prefer to call it, is now known as the Ho Chi Minh Fine Arts Museum. See more Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) travel guide at here. From a private edifice of a legendary businessman… The house is located in the ...
Nam Ky museum – Mark of Indochine architecture
As one of the first museums in Vietnam built by the French, Nam Ky (Southern Vietnam) museum (currently known as the Vietnam National Museum of History – Ho Chi Minh City) had been renamed many times, through many historical periods, but retains its originalarchitecture of a museum. This is also a special structure and a representative of Indochine architecture in Saigon – Gia Dinh. See more Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) travel guide at here. Origin of the Museum of History ...
Traditional houses on the rocks
Dong Van rock plateau (Ha Giang) is beautiful and charming with not only rocks and wild nature, but also special culture of ethnic people, especially H’Mong people, whose traditional houses are remarkable. Their houses manifest their richness, social statuses and their time of settling in the region. The nature, difficult topography and severe weather conditions of this region have created a strong influence on their architectural styles. The geographical elements, environments, customs ...
Thai Hoa palace - Land of Dragons
Among tens of palaces in the Imperial Citadel (also known as Dai Noi) – Hue citadels, Thai Hoa is the largest and most beautiful palace with the most luxurious position. If Ngo Mon (Southern gate) is considered as the face, Thai Hoa palace is the heart of the Imperial citadel because it is where the throne – the symbol of power of the Feudal was put. Thai Hoa palace is also the land of dragons. See more Hue travel guide at here. Historical vestiges of the Nguyen dynast ...
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