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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Garment service in Hoi An
Year 2014 – A successful year of Hoi An tourism. It has contributed to the fame of Viet Nam tourism and has received praise from newspapers around the world. Therefore, Hoi An is a great destination for tourists. With the shimmering beauty of the famous former trading port of southeast Asia to attract more and more tourists. Coming to Hoi An you should not ignore the beautiful garment service. Fashion is an indispensable need of everybody, especially in this modern society ...
Vietnamese art reveals the soul of its people
Wooden sculpture, 16th century, at Phu Lao Communal House, Bac Giang Province. Community Houses: If you want to understand the Vietnamese people, then just go look at the community house and that will be enough. The unique features of the Vietnamese character, culture, history, and art are all there in their entirety. No community house is like another. Because many teams of hired craftsmen worked on them together, there were no blueprints. They worked according to their customs and th ...
Beautiful landmarks and sceneries are not enough to attract Rehahn, a native French photographer, who released his first photo book, ‘Vietnam: Mosaic of Contrasts’ early this year. It’s the people, or to be more specific, it’s the elderly and young children, that Rehahn captures through his lens. Born and raised in France, Rehahn Croquevielle has a passion for travelling. He has visited many places around the world in his 34 years. However, it was only seven year ...
Masks of Vietnamese Opera
Tuồng or hát bội is a form of Vietnamese classical theatre. In the past, when spring and autumn came, Tuồng troupes used to be invited to entertain villagers, when the farming work was finished. Besides giving a good performance, tuồng artists have to be able to do make up by themselves before appearing on stage. Compared to other traditional performing arts, such as Cải lương or Chèo, make up in tuồng is quite peculiar. Depending on the character, the artist&rsquo ...
Ancient folk singing faces the sounds of silence
Curiousness and concern would come at the same time once a heritage item gained UNESCO status. Vi giam folk song, a cultural legacy of locals in Nghe Tinh region in the Central of Vietnam, is in just that situation. People in other regions in the country and around the world have begun their research on vi giam since December of last year, when it was honoured as a world cultural heritage item by the UN’s cultural body. Re-enacted scenes created on a river in Nghe An for the perf ...
Hue cuisine "conquers" travelers
Coming to the ancient capital city, visitors can admire the beauty of the system of royal tombs of the Nguyen Dynasty, and also enjoy the unique culinary and cultural history of this land. See more Hue travel guide at here. Where the sky and earth are in harmony Hue cuisine artisan Ton Nu Thi Ha. According to researchers, Vietnam has about 3,000 different kinds of dishes, of which Hue accounts for over 1,700. Hue - the center of Dang Trong region under the Nguyen Lords &n ...
Saigon’s deserted house becomes art district
Impressive graffiti paintings have turned a deserted house in Ho Chi Minh City into a favorite destination of young people. See more Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) travel guide at here. This house is located behind the People`s Committee of District 2, overlooking the Saigon River. The three-storey house is beautified with dozens of graffiti paintings. The house is located far from the city center but it lures many young people who come to paint or take photos. ...
9 most popular vegetables in Vietnam
Water spinach- morning glory (Rau Muong) Water spinach is the most common vegetable in Vietnam as the tropical climate creates favorable conditions for its growth and the veggie does not require much care. Used to be known as a rustic veggie of the poor, water spinach has become an integral ingredient in some Vietnamese cuisines such as sautéed garlic spinach. In the south, morning glory is often chopped into thin chips and eaten raw as salad or served with many kinds of noodles. For m ...
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