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Dan Tranh 16-string zither

The Dan Tranh is also known as Dan Thap Luc or sixteen-stringed zither. Its shape resembles a bamboo tube that has been sliced vertically in half. The Dan Tranh has mostly been seen performed by female musicians in Vietnamese traditional dress (Ao Dai). When played, the instrument is placed in …

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Ao dai – Piquancy of Hue

Sweep through Hue and the classic grace of women clad in Ao Dai will surely to make a lasting impression on you. But behind the beauty is a rich history, brimming with cultural significance. The post Ao dai – Piquancy of Hue appeared first on Vietnamese Culture and Tradition. Source …

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Dan Ty Ba or Four-string Guitar

The Dan Ty Ba is a four-string instrument which is frequently present in a traditional orchestra. Its sound-box is shaped like a pear cut in half lengthwise. Its soundboard is made of unvarnished light wood, and its back is made of hard wood with a slightly convex surface. The neck …

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Rice in Vietnam

Rice is an integral part of life in Vietnam. Vietnam is an agricultural country with eight out of ten Vietnamese living in rural areas and making their living by growing rice. Many Vietnamese people say their country looks like two rice baskets placed at two ends of a pole. Rice …

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Dan Nguyet – Two-String Guitar

The Southerners of Vietnam refer to this instrument as Dan Kim. Dan Nguyet has two strings and the resonator resembles the moon, that is probably why it is named Dan Nguyet, which means moon lute. The strings were traditionally made of silk but are today normally made of nylon, which …

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Elephant Race Festival

The Elephant Race Festival takes place in springtime, normally in the third lunar month. In preparation for the festive day, people take their elephants to places where they can eat their fill. Apart from grass their food also includes bananas, papayas, sugar canes, corns, sweet potatoes. The elephants are free …

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Dan Nhi Two-string Fiddle

The Dan Nhi is popular among several ethnic groups in Vietnam. It is also referred to as Dan Co in southern provinces of Viet Nam. The Dan Nhi is somewhat a sort of vertical violin with two strings, held in front of the player like a small cello and played …

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How The Odd Couple Came To Love Each Other

Once upon a time, at a small village in today’s Bac Ninh province, there was a beautiful and diligent girl born from a poor family. No matter how hard her parents worked, they could not get out of debt. The beleaguered parents had no choice but to give their daughter’s …

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Ca Tru

Ca Tru music sounds strange to the uninitiated. Clicks and clacks accompany the centuries old ballads. It is not the kind of music that inspires toe tapping or humming. The post Ca Tru appeared first on Vietnamese Culture and Tradition. Source link

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Ao Dai

With the intention of changing the way people dress in order to eradicate ancient habits, the 18th century lords and mandarins in Hue created the Ao Dai. The post Ao Dai appeared first on Vietnamese Culture and Tradition. Source link

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