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Ha Giang Artisan Brings Mong Flax Brocade to International Markets

Details Published on Tuesday, 25 July 2017 19:15 Written by Saigoneer. An entrepreneurial artisan from Ha Giang province recently made the list of the top 50 most influential women in Vietnam in 2017 because of her contribution in bridging the gap between her hometown’s flax brocade and international markets. Fifty-five-year-old …

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Vietnamese Traditional Stilt Houses

Four thousand years ago, Vietnamese people were building stilt houses similar to those in use today. Suited to flood-prone plains and to steep mountain slopes, these houses remain popular among many of Vietnam’s 54 different ethnic groups. As well as being somewhere to eat, entertain and sleep, a stilt house …

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[Photos] Squeeze Through Hanoi’s Tightest Old Quarter Alleys

Details Published on Friday, 11 August 2017 14:40 Written by Saigoneer. If you think Saigon’s hẻms are narrow, these Hanoi alleys shown below will make you question your notion of personal space. Many of Hanoi’s original neighborhoods, especially the Old Quarter, were constructed during an era when walking and biking …

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Tale of Vietnamese Dragon

In Asian myths, no creature is as impressive as the dragon. For Vietnamese peasants, the dragon was a vivid symbol of the fourfold deity-clouds, rain, thunder and lighting. Represented by an S shape, dragons are depicted on artifacts dating back to the Dong Son-Au Lac culture, which existed in northern …

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Craft village booths come to HCM City

HCM CITY (VNS) — Viet Nam House, designed by Vo Trong Nghia – an architect who has achieved renown for his bamboo structures, has opened its doors to visitors at 187 Nguyen Van Huong, Thao Dien Ward, District 2, HCM City. Covering an area of 2,300sq.m on the …

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Hung King Temple Festival

The festival begins with a palanquin procession performed by three villages of Co Tich, Vi Cuong and Trieu Phu. The procession carries bamboo elephants and wooden horses symbolizing the submission of animals to the Kings Hung and the wedding of the Mountain Genie and Princess Ngoc Hoa. Banh chung (square …

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Do Son Buffalo Fighting Festival

The Buffalo Fight in Do Son (Haiphong City) is officially held every year on the 9th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar. There are, in fact, two rounds of elimination before the middle of the fifth month and 8th day of the sixth lunar month. The preparation …

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The Current Vietnamese Contemporary Art

Since the 1950s, installation and performance are two branches of contemporary art that have become important facets of mainstream art. Vietnam’s modern artists, forever innovators, are at the forefront of expanding installation and performance art into new realms. First appearing in Vietnam in the early 1990’s, several small installations and …

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Chu Dong Tu Festival

Chu Dong Tu is one of four immortal gods in the Vietnamese pantheon. The festival annually takes place from the 10th to the 12th day of the second lunar month at two temples, Da Hoa and Da Trach, in Khoai Chau District, Hung Yen Province. Starting from Ha Noi, visitors …

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Vietnamese Silk Painting

The traditional Vietnamese art of silk painting has become famous around the world for its simple poetic themes and vibrant colors. The success of a silk painting very much depends on the quality of the silk, and this depends on many factors, from the quality of cocoons to the decisive …

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