The Perfume Pagoda – Huong Pagoda ( known as “Chua Huong” in Vietnamese) is situated in My Duc – a district of old Ha Tay province which has recently emerged into the capital Hanoi Vietnam. It is not just a single pagoda but in fact is an enormous complex of Buddhist temples and shrines. Just lying [...]
While the two precious jade Buddhas were brought to Shanghai from Burma in 1882, the Jade Buddha Pagoda was not built until 1917.
Shanghai’s Ngoc Phat ( Jade Buddha) Pagoda attracts visitors from around the world, including the former United States President Bill Clinton. It was a sunny spring day when I toured this impressive pagoda.
There’s an [...]
Ca Mau use fiddler crabs to produce mam ba khia. Can Giuoc produces mam cong from another species of small crab. And Go Cong is famous for its mam tom cha shrimp sauce.
Different types of fish sauce are made at different times of year. In northern Vietnam, ragworm sauce is typically produced from late September to [...]
Eat a meal in Vietnam likely be served nuoc mam, a sauce made from salted, fed anchovies. But there’s much more to mam than mere fish sauce.
With its long coastline and numerous bodies of water, Vietnam is rich in both seafood and salt — substances that are essential to people’s diets. In Vietnam, seafood and [...]
During the Lunar New Year, farmers in Central Vietnam erect small huts in Center Vietnam erect small huts in which to play special card games. Nguyen Phuoc Bao Dan reports on these games’ significance.
Rousing traditional folk music signals the start of a new card game, the folk songs adding to the festival’s exciting atmosphere. Held in [...]
Forty works by Vietnamese artist Do Duc that capture life in Vietnam’s highlands will be exhibited in Paris from April 1st to 15th. The “Vietnam’s Highlands Exhibition” is being organized by the Vietnam Cultural Center in France to promote closer ties between France and Vietnam.
Painted in watercolors on traditional do paper, Do Duc’s works capture scenes [...]
Vietnamese Tuong Operas
Long ago, hard masks were used in Vietnamese Tuong Operas, since a few actors played many roles and needed to change personas quickly. As the art became more popular Tuong troupes became larger, and actors traded the masks for makeup that allowed their faces to show more expression.
The stylized makeup alerts educated audiences [...]
Vietnam Traditional Music
Vietnam’s traditional Tuong opera has been captivating audiences since the 13th century. Music expert Bui Trong Hien explain.
The traditional Vietnamese performance arts of Cheo and Tuong opera have long and fascinating histories. Both forms of opera are said to have been introduced to Vietnam by the same man, a 13th century actor named [...]
Vietnam’s folk culture
Colors have a wealth of meanings in popular Vietnamese culture. Despite hard times and social changes, people’s associations about colors have remained unchanged for generations. Concepts of color are learned in many ways, for example via childhood games and folk songs and at festive meals and colorful Tet markets.
“Papaya is purple, gieng gieng [...]