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These are rare images of Hanoi '90s through the eyes of the Japanese Ambassador
In 1994, young man Hiroshi Fukada with camera in hand has shown up around Hanoi to record the moments of "36 Old Streets" (Hanoi's Old Quarter). Now he is Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan in Vietnam. The familiar cyclos on the streets of Hanoi. The long traditional dresses (Ao Dai) of the girls after school. A bustling street corner. Food stalls and the trendy Cubs's bike over 20 years ago. A candy store. Life on the ...
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 ...
Love story of King Bao Dai and Queen Nam Phuong
For 12 consecutive reigns in the Nguyen dynasty, the Queen had been chosen whilst the prince was still young. Most of the Nguyen kings got married before becoming a king. However, King Bao Dai is an exception. See more Dalat and Hue travel guide. Text and photos: Nguyen Van Tuong & editorial photo library Bao Dai (1926 – 1945) was the last king of the Nguyen dynasty and the feudal regime in Vietnam. He was born on September 22nd in the year of Qui Suu (22/1 ...
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 ...
Royal precious objects
Vietnamese and foreign tourists had the opportunity to contemplate the collection of hats, seals, swords, golden dishes, pots and pearl boxes, golden books – a part of precious objects of the Nguyen dynasty displayed in the National Museum of Vietnamese History on Millennium Thang Long. See more Vietnam travel guide at here. Text by: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Trinh Sinh This was one of few exhibitions, which attracted crowded visitors in early days of the opening. Precious objects are ...
Dragons on Vietnamese antiquities
The year of the dragon is a fantastic opportunity to witness these ancient creatures, which have existed for 2000 years, in a showcase of antiquities at the National History Museum. Text by: Assoc. Prof. Trinh Sinh See more about Vietnam travel guide at here. Gold dragon of the Nguyen dynasty The Dragon is regarded as the noblest of the four sacred animals, the dragon, unicorn, tortoise and phoenix. However, it is not a real animal and no one has ever actually seen a dragon. ...
Traditional beliefs on Antiques
People may have sexual relationships with each other at the dawn of humankind. If not, why also have …people? Therefore, in the Stone Age, local people shaped stones as Yoni and Linga for worshiping or for any other purposes that our generation cannot understand clearly. See more Vietnam travel guide at here. Text by: Prof. Assoc.Trinh Sinh According to Vietnamese archaeologists, an antique which symbolizes sex and features traditional religion is the Van Dien stone statue, ...
Royal costumes of the Nguyen dynasty
Costumes for royalty are always sophisticated. Moreover, costumes for the kings of the Nguyen dynasty (royal costumes) had to comply with the strict regulations of the royal standards. See more Vietnam travel guide at here. Text and photos: Van Tuong and personal documents The Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945) was the final dynasty of the Vietnamese monarchy, which was well-known for ruling the country based on orthodox Confucianism. Therefore, the royal costumes of the Nguyen d ...
Antiques on wrecked ships
Noone can tell the exact number of ships have travelled via this sea route as well as how many of them were wrecked in the rough ocean because of the storms, hidden rocks and also fires. However, those wrecked ships accidentally left in the ocean a treasure, which is so priceless that when being fished out, they have been contemplating at many domestic and international auctions and outstanding museums. See more Vietnam travel guide at here. By: Prof. Assoc. Trinh Sinh Vietnam features ...
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 ...
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 ...
Full HD image series of Saigon 1967-1968 of John Beck
From the unique perspectives, American photographer John Beck has recorded many impressive pictures of Saigon (now is Ho Chi Minh city) from 1967 to 1968. These photos were scanned with high resolution, achieving a rare sharpness despite nearly half a century. See more Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) travel guide at here. Le Loi Boulevard. Le Loi Boulevard (rightside) and a corner of Ben Thanh Market (leftside). Pedestrian Overpass connects Quach Thi Trang roundabout wi ...
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 ...
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 ...
Spiritual life of Hanoi people 100 years ago
Besides the portraits of Vietnamese people, French photographer Leon Busy shot a lot of pictures on the spiritual life of Hanoians. See more Hanoi travel guide at here. Photographer Leon Busy was assigned by the Albert Kahn Museum in France to go to Vietnam to capture the lives of the people in northern Vietnam (Tonkin) from 1914 to 1917. Sixty photos were selected from 1,500 works by Leon Busy for the exhibition "Hanoi, color 1914-1917" from December 9, 2013 through January ...
Exploring the underground Cu Chi Tunnels
The Cu Chi Tunnels are an underground network that the Vietnamese used to stay out of sight and safe during the Vietnam-American war. The tunnels are located about 35 miles outside of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). In HCMC there are many travel agencies trying to lure tourists into taking a trip to the tunnels. Unfortunately, they are all offering to go to the very touristy Ben Dinh Tunnels which were made after the war for tourists, and they were made much larger than the originals so that larger Wes ...
Con Dao Prison
Con Dao Prison is one of the most brutal prisons in the world. This jailed a lot of political cadres and patriotic Vietnamese who fought against the French colonialism and American imperialism. This prison used to be dubbed “the living hell on earth”. See more Con Dao Islands travel guide at here. Con Dao Prison or Con Son Prison is located offshore Ba Ria - Vung Tau province. Con Dao Prison is a complex of prisons in Con Dao Island. The prison system was built by the Fren ...
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 ...
Ancient Cu Da Village – Ideal destination for interesting Hanoi discovery
If you have discovered a bustling Hanoi and wish to discover another side of its charm – its ancient beauty, then Cu Da in Thanh Oai district of Hanoi is a good choice. Containing many typical features of a village of Vietnam, the ancient Cu Da Village has long become a favorite destination for an ideal Hanoi discovery. Ancient Cu Da Village in Hanoi Not only well-known for a place with many ancient houses and ancestral temples dating back to over one hundred years, the Cu Da Vil ...
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 ...
This is what life in Vietnam looked like 100 years ago
When photographer, Charles Peyrin, visited Vietnam in the 1920’s, he snapped dozens of candid shots that offer a rare glimpse into the daily life of locals and French colonists. These photos also serve to reveal how the lives of these two groups differed. In many images, French civilians can be seen donning clean, white clothes as they sit in rickshaws, while Vietnamese are seen shuffling through the streets, serving street food and rushing off to market. Visually speaking, the Frenc ...
In search of Saigon’s US vestiges: part 2
As the international media descends on the city for the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, travel companies report a growing demand from returning American veterans for tours which point out the buildings and installations they once occupied. Historian Tim Doling takes us on a tour of Saigon’s most important surviving US vestiges. See more Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) travel guide at here. You can find Part 1 of this series here. In addition to the former MAAG and MACV ...
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