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6 May

Vietnamese traditional paper fans

Long time ago, paper fan played an indispensable role in every household’s life. It ranked as one of each home’s eight prized objects, which comprised a gourd bowl, a quill pen, a Ty Ba (four-string guitar), an orchid, a chess-set, a sword and a feather-duster. At present, traditional paper fan is still a popular and familiar item in Vietnamese daily life. In Hanoi, you can easily catch the famous paper fan-making village of Chang Son in Thach That District, just 30km from the capital. Commonly, most people throughout the East know fans....

24 Feb

Hue cuisine plays important role in life

The name of Hue ancient capital reminds every visitor of its elegant royal cuisine. To every local, food is considered to play an important part in the daily life of Hue. Each food’s recipe has been well-preserved from generations to generations; therefore, the first skill that a Hue girl learns from her mother is traditional cooking method. The harmonization of yin and yang in each dish is one of the distinctive qualities of Hue food. For instant, molluscs are always cooked with chilli, pepper, lemongrass and grapefruit leaves as hot spices...

10 Feb

Important festivals in Northern Vietnam in February

During the first month of the lunar year (February), all regions in the country are excited to celebrate traditional festivals. Here are some important ones held in Northern Vietnam, which may lure a large number of visitors every year.   Huong (Perfume) Pagoda Festival (Hanoi)   Boat trip on Suoi Yen to reach Huong Tich Cave The Perfume Pagoda Festival ordinarily takes place in Huong Son Commune, My Duc District, Hanoi Capital. Due to the festival starts from the 6th of the 1st lunar month and ends at the end of the 3rd lunar month,...

8 Jan

Vietnamese traditional Tet is coming

“As joyous as Tet” is a Vietnamese expression to refer to happy family reunions. The Vietnamese celebrate Tet with sacred love for their ancestors and families. Every year when Tet draws near, Vietnamese people yearn to reunite with their families under a single roof and pay tribute to their ancestors and visit their parents, grandparents, neighbors and friends.   A family gathering to making Chung Cake on Tet Vietnamese families still retain various Tet celebratory traditions, such as the five fruit trays, wrapping Chung Cakes, preparing altars and memorial meals to invite the...

6 Jan

Table manners in Vietnamese meals

Each country and each culture has its eating ritual. Vietnam is not an exception. Every meal in Vietnam is regarded to be quite different from that in many Western countries because it is often very subtle and owns its unique local traditions. Like other countries all over the world, visiting Vietnamese house with empty hands is not recommended. The most popular offering you should bring with is Fruit, such as dragon fruit, mangoes and other expensive fruits. A specialty from your country or even a bottle of wine is something you...

2 Dec

“Wake-up” Cheo at Kim Lien Commune House in Hanoi

Kim Lien Commune House in Dong Da District was in charge to hold the traditional “Cheo” performance at the end of November 2013. Apart from the "Cheo" show at Kim Lien Commune House, there was also the talk show with “Cheo” artists and researchers to understand more the state of “Cheo” and their thoughts of this traditional folk art. The talk show saw the participant of the “King of cheo” Tran Dinh Ngon and the meritorious artist Thanh Ngoan, Director of Vietnam Cheo Theatre. “Cheo” appeared in the 10th century in the Hoa...

28 Nov

Vietnamese silk – a national treasure

The Vietnamese Ao Dai has graced the world’s catwalks, acclaimed for its luxuriously elegant appearance as well as its softness and lightness.   Young girls in Vietnamese traditional clothing of Ao Dai The beauty of the traditional long dress partly rests on the hand-made silk from traditional craft villages throughout the country. It is not surprising that Vietnamese designers are using the home-spun materials to wow fashion circles in Paris and Milan. Chinese, Japanese, and Italian silks enjoy good reputation but Vietnamese silk can boast an unbleached, natural quality with its own distinctive charm...

31 Oct

Enjoying Hue Royal Feast

The royal meal in Hue City is one of Hue specialty that every visitor to this ancient citadel cannot miss. We will introduce you some of royal dishes frequently used for Hue Royal Feast, as follows: Long Dang Appetizers: They were all an ensemble of fired and rolled dishes which are placed on a pineapple in the shape of a beautiful lantern. Phoenix Appetizers: Familiar spring rolls get even more appetizing thanks to flamboyant and meticulous display. Carrot and egg yolk are used as the phoenix head while delicious spring rolls make...

21 Aug

Vietnamese noodles: a cultural pho-nomenon

Pho, a simple soup of beef broth, herbs, spices and rice noodles, emerged some 100 years ago in north Vietnam and has since acquired a global following, beloved by French celebrity chefs and cash-strapped American students alike. But in Vietnam eating pho is akin to a religious ritual — as the late writer Nguyen Tuan said — and the humble dish, which can be found on every street corner in the capital Hanoi, is integral to people’s daily lives. “I have been eating here for more than 20 years,” Tran Van Hung...