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Vietnamese Money Through Time

New coins were minted by every new dynasty in the East. But kings were not the only ones to issue their own money… For the four short days of the year 1521 in which his contemporaries called him “King,” Tran Cao did one major thing to commit his name to …

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Overview of Vietnamese Art

Through the Upheavals of History Compared to other Asian countries, and according to several art commentators, Vietnam was the earliest to merge into the main stream of modern art, as defined by the West, in both form and content. Such a fact can be easily seen with the coming into …

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Thay Pagoda Festival

Tu Dao Hanh was a Buddhist monk in the Ly Dynasty. He had outstanding merits regarding the popularization of the religion, the treatment of diseases for people and the creation of many games original to Vietnam, including water puppetry. The Thay Pagoda Festival is held on the seventh day of …

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Contemporary Vietnamese Art at a Glimpse

It is not very long since Vietnamese art in general and contemporary Vietnamese art in particular emerged from unrecognizing – I’d rather say anonymity – to have its say on the world’s art scene. For a long period, scholars and researchers in the West were prone to dismiss Vietnamese culture …

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Why Ducks Sleep Standing On One Leg

Many people must have wondered why ducks are accustomed to sleep in the funny way that they do – with one leg lifted. The Vietnamese have an interesting explanation for this. After Heaven had completed the creation of the world, there were four ducks who found that they only had …

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Vietnamese Paper Painting

Among the Vietnamese plastic arts, wood engraving is a long standing traditional one. We have inherited from our ancients from Dong Ho village a valuable tradition of wood engraving in color. These engravings are appreciated by generation to generation and have become an indispensable moral alimentation. Dong Ho images have …

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Traditional Ao Dai for Lunar New Year

Most Vietnamese people wear new clothes to celebrate Tet, or the Lunar new year, in order to promote a fresh beginning to the year. Although Western-style outfits are more convenient for daily chores, the traditional tunic, or ao dai, reappears each Tet. These tunics add to the festival’s formal atmosphere. …

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Vietnamese Oil Painting

After the restoration of peace, Tran Van Can produced a canvas retying the rope of the irrigation scoop, which was a creation of high professional level he had long mastered. Duong Bich Lien looked at things in a global way; he brought landscapes and scenes to the level of symbols. …

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Paper Fan

In Vietnamese tradition, the paper fan was an indispensable item in times of yore, one of eight prized objects in every household – the others being a gourd bowl, a quill pen, a Ty Ba (four-string guitar), an orchid, a chess-set, a sword and a feather-duster.Nowadays, the traditional paper fan …

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Dan K’Ni

The K’Ni is a stringed musical instrument, sawing bow branch and is popular among many ethnic minority groups living in northern highlands (central Vietnam) such as Bahnar, Gia Rai, E De, Se Dang, Pako, and Hre… The post Dan K’Ni appeared first on Vietnamese Culture and Tradition. Source link

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