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Discovering the ancestral tradition of indigo dyeing and batik with the H’mong in Sapa, Vietnam
Have been living in Sapa, Vietnam for over 300 years, the H'mong are the largest ethnic group in Sapa and make up just over half of the population. Photographer Rehahn visited a H’mong group in Pa Co, a village located in Hoa Binh province, where he discovered the ancestral tradition of indigo dyeing and batik. In Pa Co, he met Sung Y Xia, a 39 year old woman who practices the art of indigo dyeing and batik drawing. She has been practicing the batik style since the young age of fifteen ...
The real story behind Luang Prabang's morning alms giving ceremony
“I feel lonely many times,” he said as the sun sprayed golden light over the temple behind us, “Especially in my bed at night. Even though I live with lots of monks in this monastery, there is loneliness always in my heart because I am so far from my family. Sometimes I think about running away from here and going back to my village but I know my parents can not afford to take care of me, so I must stay. Do you ever feel lonely, Ange? You are so far from Australia. I think you feel lonely ...
Images of chickens in Vietnamese folk paintings
Chicken is a popular image in Vietnamese culture. Images of chickens can be found everywhere in folk paintings such as Dong Ho (Dong Ho Painting), Hang Trong, and Kim Hoang. Each piece has its own way to showcase the beauty of the chicken, based on distinct concepts, styles, techniques, and materials. Dong Ho painting: “hen with her children” and “rooster with rose in mouth” Both the Dong Ho painting and woodcut stem from Dong Ho village in Bac Ninh Province. In the past, Dong Ho p ...
Exploring local culture and cuisine in the Maldives
Sample both sides of the Maldives, from picture-ready perfection to local culture and cuisine. The madness of Maldivian geography is usually first glimpsed by air. More than a thousand islands lie scattered across the Indian Ocean, some of which barely break the surface of the water. At 2.4m (8 ft), the highest peak is the lowest of any country in the world. In fact, dolphins can jump higher. The country’s extraordinary geography puts it in a uniquely vulnerable position in the face of c ...
Mythological space at the Pushkar camel festival
Taking place every November, the Pushkar festival is the world’s largest camel festival for exchanging and trading camels, displaying the unique desert culture of Rajasthan, India. Rajasthan is the land of deserts, fortresses, and camels. You will be impressed by the names of its cities: the Pink city (Jaipur), Yellow city (Jaisalmer), Blue city (Jodhpur), and White city (Udaipur). As a western state in India and sharing the border with Pakistan, Rajasthan has always been on my list of dest ...
Looking for Apsara fairy
I looked for her and found her. Maybe, it was not the result of my trip to the land of temples but because of our predestined affinity. There, I found more than I was looking for. Text and photos: Tran Van Thuong For many years, I had wished to witness an immortal entity. That desire grew especially strong when the Ministry of Tourism of Cambodia held a “Cambodia Night” gala as a part of ITE Ho Chi Minh in September last year. Apsara dancers, who worked in the royal palace, were ...
10 must-see traditional events and festivals in Kyoto
In the ancient capital Kyoto, the traditional events and festivals have been passed down to people and held for over one thousand years. Every time you visit Kyoto, you will have different impression because there are four seasons in Japan. Let me introduce 10 must-see Japanese traditional events and festivals in Kyoto. - Spring - Ouka Festival Hirano Shrine is the good spot for viewing cherry blossoms. Ouka Festival is held there on April 10 every year. In the middle of the H ...
Discovering the Honglou Meng Film Studio in Beijing
Many people know of the large, influential film studios such as Hengdian Studio or San Guo Yan Yi Studio. Few of us have heard of a small production studio that is connected to a popular TV drama, created from a work of Chinese classical literature. It is Honglou Meng Film Studio in Beijing. Text & photos: Long Vu See more China travel guide at here. I watched this very popular Chinese TV drama series named Honglou Meng, directed in 1987 by Wang Fu Lin. The series was about a love s ...
Costumes of Queen and Princesses in the Nguyen Dynasty
Interesting discoveries made through the stories of costumes reserved only for queens and princesses show that the Nguyen dynasty paid special attention to royal costumes, to express the majestic appearance and class order of a feudal dynasty. See more Hue travel guide at here. Text: Nguyen Van Tuong. Photo: Nguyen Van Tuong & material photos In the imperial costume collection of the Nguyen dynasty in the Museum of Hue Royal Antiquities, the majority of costumes are for queens and p ...
The art of Bai Choi singing from Binh Dinh province on its way to becoming a World Cultural Heritage
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism is currently at work on a dossier on Bai Choi singing of central Vietnam for submission to UNESCO for recognition as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (does this need quotes?). In the dossier, the art of Bai Choi singing of Binh Dinh province plays a central role for its unique and well-preserved values. See more Vietnam travel guide at here. Text: Hoai Thu Photos: Dao Tien Dat Legend has it that Bai Choi first appeared i ...
Ancient soul, present charm – The Hoi An Old Town by night
The ancient streets of Hoi An’s old town have been reimagined by the local community. Already charming by day, yet reappearing at night, lit artistically as it was at the beginning of the 20th century. See more Hoi An travel guide at here. Text and photos: Quoc Hai People of the town On the 14th day of every lunar month, Mr. Hai Dung, dressed in a simple brown shirt, rides his bike along the five-kilometer road from his hometown, Cam Thanh, to the ancient town. Although he ...
Hidden gems of old Saigon
Ho Chi Minh City is definitely a cultural rich place, with a great history of hundreds of years. Those visiting the city can enjoy discovering many historic sites like Notre Dame Cathedral, The Central Post Office, the Ho Chi Minh People’s Committee or the old Opium factory yard. Unfortunately, many tourists miss many of the several other great historic and religious places that Ho Chi Minh City, the old Saigon, has to offer. See more Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) travel guide at here. ...
Researching Thai history at U Thong museum
After the historical flood, Thailand has been strongly revived. Thai people are preparing to regain their market share of the non-smoked industry, in which cultural heritage is the most important. In the discovery of Thailand and its people, we follow a group of international tourists to U Thong, which is home to one of the most significant museums of the country. See more about Thailand travel guide at here. Text by: Assoc. Prof. Trinh Sinh Although it is only one of 76 provinces i ...
Tet - Not just about beauty
Tet or Lunar New Year is the most important holiday in Vietnam which gets the attention of many foreigners. Let’s see how a Spanish expat whose wife is Vietnamese talks about Tet. See more about Vietnam travel guide at here. Text: Alfredo de la Casa / Photos: Huynh My Thuan I had just been in Vietnam for few months when I started hearing about Tet, Tet holiday and the Lunar New Year. At that time, I was teaching at a university, and as the key dates were approaching, Tet seemed to ...
Royal simplicity: Apricot blossoms in Hue
Every Tet holiday, yellow apricot blossoms bloom in the gardens of royal palaces and pagodas. This flower expresses the vitality of Hue’s sky and people, and it is regarded as their sacred spirit. See more Hue travel guide at here. Text and photos: Nguyen Van Tuong Apricot blossoms are used as decoration during the traditional Tet holiday and symbolize prosperity in the New Year. The five petals of the flower represent five lucky gods. Apricot flowers are also a symbol of longevity. A ...
Dating with Tet holiday in Hanoi, Vietnam
Late winter in Hanoi, when the coldness of the Northeast monsoon has not been washed, the streets have already lit up with Tet colors. They are the green of trees and Vietnamese dong leaves, the red and pink of peach blossoms and the yellow of kumquats, all together marking the arrival of spring. See Hanoi travel guide at here. The nearer Tet comes, the more cheerful the atmosphere is. Locals welcome Tet by preparing not only material things but also spiritual ones. Tet is the time for fam ...
Vietnamese ancient jewelries
The exhibition entitled “Vietnamese Ancient Jewelries” (*) at the Vietnam National Museum of History holds clear evidence that thousands of years ago, Vietnamese people beautified themselves with jewels. See more Vietnam travel guide at here. Prof. Assoc. Trinh Sinh There is a proverb saying that people are beautified by silk, however, along with silk, jewelries were also used as embellishments. Costumes and jewelries are mixed harmoniously to honor human appearance. It ...
Antiques 500 years warehouse free open for visitors
First time "antiques 500 years warehouse" excavated from the ship sunk in Cham Islands (Cu Lao Cham) territorial waters (Quang Nam) was exhibited at the local free serving domestic and international travelers. Photo: Tri Tin / vnexpress.net Cham Islands (Cu Lao Cham) territorial waters (Tan Hiep Commune, Hoi An City) is place where people found out the sinking ship containing "antiques 500 years warehouse". Through two excavations from 1997 to 2007, domestic a ...
Behavioral culture while traveling Thailand
When traveling Thailand, you absolutely can not take actions encouragements or have joking attitudes when talking about the King and the Thailand Royal. Chiang Mai Thailand is the country strong development on tourism and everyday Thailand can attract tourists from around the world. Thailand is also quite modern but also many traditions that you should note. Thailand is an attractive destination for tourists from around the world. Greeting and thanks ceremonial of Thailand ...
Business etiquette in China: how to seal the deal
Statue of Chinese philosopher Confuscius at Confucian Temple in Shanghai, China. Photo: 123RF What you do and how you do it can make or break a deal in the country. We break it down for you bit by bit. The beautiful juxtaposition of the old and the new in China makes for a mysterious, enchanting and thrilling experience. Having opened its doors to the world, commercial opportunities in this country are endless. However, the Chinese are still a traditional group and balancing the dos an ...
Kyoto’s etiquette manual for tourists
The former Japanese capital, Kyoto, has released a guide to the ‘do’s and don’ts’ for visitors in the city, including a no tipping rule and drink cycling ban. Those caught cycling following the consumption of alcohol face a fine of nearly £5,200 Photo: kyoto.travel/en Eighteen of Kyoto’s customs and information on how to avoid any "cultural faux pas” have been outlined in a new infographic released by the Kyoto Convention and Visitors ...
5 common mistakes travelers make in Japan
Yuko Ehara, the Palace Hotel Tokyo's expert on manners, shares five of travelers’ most common mistakes—and what to do instead. With its baroque rituals and ancient traditions, Japanese etiquette strikes fear in the hearts of even seasoned travelers. But no need to worry: It’s effort—not execution—that matters most to the Japanese. “Everybody understands you’re from a different culture,” says Yuko Ehara, a Tokyo-based tour guide and etiquette ...
Hanoi Ca Tru club
Hanoi Ca Tru Club significantly contributes in preserving and promoting the quintessence of Ca tru art in Vietnam. Not only alluring the citizens, Ca tru performances of the club also have strong appeal for international tourists when going to Hanoi. See more Hanoi travel guide at here. Ca tru is an extremely unique long-lasting traditional art and has a special magnificence in the treasures of Vietnam music. Through many ups and downs, Hanoi Ca Tru Club really gave ca tru to beco ...
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