Colorful Culture Stories of Vietnam - Unique Vietnam Cultures
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cityinsight / Culture Stories (Page 5)
22 May

An Herbal Look at Vietnamese Cuisine

Herbs are an essential part of Vietnamese cuisineVietnamese cuisine is exquisite not just because of its light and delectable taste, but also because of the health benefits that comes along with it. These benefits are often to attribute to the generous use of herbs. Let's take a look at how those herbs settled on to our plates.Vietnamese food is, in my opinion, one of the most exquisite cuisines in the world. Describing Vietnamese food would not be complete without talking about the herb used. What makes Vietnamese food stand out...

26 Feb

A time of hardship

The subsidized area in Vietnam is known as a time of hardship, when the Vietnamese people suffered both material and emotional deprivation.                                                                                              Queuing at the health food store The Hanoi Museum of Ethnology new exhibit, “Subsidized Stage’s Life in Hanoi”, is quite evocative and meaningful for those who visit. When entering the exhibit, the first image is a queue of life-size mannequins waiting to exchange vouchers for rice. Beside some of the mannequins lay baskets and bricks used to keep a person’s place in line, as waiting in ration lines ...

26 Feb

Sapa’s ancient stone field mystery

Walk through Muong Hoa valley of Sapa district, Lao Cai province, and you will stumble upon a scattering of large stones engraved with decorative patterns. The stones are made of quartz, sometimes over ten meters long, and are strewn about the sloping mountainsides, fields and streams. To this day, the creators of these mysterious engravings remain unknown.                                                                                          ...

6 Feb

Dan Bau (Bau Instrument)

The dan bau, or gourd instrument, is one of only two traditional musical instruments of purely Vietnamese origin. We meet two Hanoi men whose lives have revolved around these haunting string instruments. We are sitting in the front room of Mr. Thuoc’s newly-built house, tucked down a long, muddy alley of Giang Vo Street in Hanoi. In place of paintings, the walls are hung with musical instruments: various forms of guitars and strange, boxy stringed instruments. In the early years of this century, Mr. Thuoc’s grandparents moved from rural Ha Dong province...

6 Feb

A rare coffee space

The Trung Nguyen coffee village in the highland city of Buon Ma Thuot offers more than a cup of the exquisite beverage. To get to where the story of Vietnamese coffee began, and to trace the nation’s spectacular rise as a major world export­er, a visit to the Trung Nguyen Coffee Village is a must.                                                                                             The panorama of Trung Nguyen coffee village  Covering an area of 20,000 square me­ters in Buon Ma Thuot City, the village is designed as a comprehensive coffee complex, incorporating unique...

6 Feb

Gloving tradition

Burning incense is the most important ritual observed by every Vietnamese family on the first and 15th day of every lunar month, festival days and death anniversaries. Three incense sticks are burned on these days to show the deep respect the living have for their ancestors and to seek their blessings. The Hanoi-based Phung Nghi Company started its business in 2007 by exporting aloe wood and materials for making incense to India and making products for partners in India, Japan, Republic of Korea, Taiwan and Bangladesh. Since late 2009, Phung Nghi...

6 Feb

Scared work

A “spiritual” vocation provides material benefits for an incense making village. Burning incense is a part of daily life in many cultures. In Vietnam, people burn incense on the first and 15th day of every lunar month, death anniversaries, Tet (Lunar New Year) holi­day, wedding days, and whenever they go to a pagoda to pray. Each house has at least one altar with a minimum of three incense burners. Some families own even five altars to worship the Buddha, ancestors and deities.                                                                                                                              Incense making  While incense can be bought from random shops...

5 Feb

Vegetarian banquet

More and more Vietnamese are discovering that vegetarian food is not just for monks. The country's vastly creative vegetarian dishes have a long his­tory of careful preparation, and are worth exploring for both meat-eaters and veggies alike.                                                                                                           A vegetarian dish Contrary to its reputation, vegetarian food is neither poor in category nor bland in flavor. Ms Diem, owner of "Nang Tam" restaurant, hidden in a silent alley off Tran Hung Dao Street, proves this to customers, providing dishes made of vegetables, tofu, roots, and beans.  If there are up to 1000...

5 Feb

Marvelous carvings

Fine art in Vietnam has undergone a series of rises and falls over the past two millennia, changing significantly in style and persuasion: bright copper engravings marked the early Dong Son period, and expressive ceramics flourished under the Ly dynasty, while more strong, imposing styles were a sign of the Tran dynasty. The creative works of both common and imperial artists were consistently under the influence of religious and political elements in society. Throughout Vietnam’s long history, exquisite talent came and went, often standing out from the crowd, leaving behind...

3 Feb

The beauty of the Vuong

HA GIANG, A LAND OF RUGGED, ROCKY MOUNTAINS AND MYSTERIOUS VALLEYS, IS ENVELOPED IN ENIGMATIC STORIES. ONE SUCH MYSTERIOUS STORY IS TIED TO THE NAME VUONG DUC CHINH, A MAN ALWAYS CREDITED WITH HONOR IN THE HISTORY BOOKS OF DONG VAN  HIGHLANDS AND THE SA PHIN VALLEY.   Vuong King Palace in Ha Giang Although Sa Phin valley nowadays is not the same as it was at Duc’s age, its topographic conditions remain. Duc’s mansion is still there, lay­ered with dust. It seems as if very single inch of ground, every 100...