Vietnam cultural stories
Top cultural stories about Vietnam
Vietnam is a country rich in history and traditions, dating back thousands of years and instilled with a deep respect for the land, the sea and their ancestors. Here are 11 things you should know to understand some of the nuances of this beautiful culture.
One of the most recognisable sites near the city of Hoi An, the My Son Sanctuary has stood for centuries. Thankfully, despite wartime bombings and the attentions of property developers, the temple remains. Harry Menear guides us through the history of this long-lasting monument.
The same flag hangs from rusted metal poles no matter where you are in Vietnam, and Ho Chi Minh’s face is never too far away—but the North and South are very different in many ways. Here are 15 reasons why you’ll think you deserve another stamp in your passport after traveling through this diverse country.
Vietnam’s capital city Hanoi is steeped in tradition and history. One of the most interesting and unusual attractions is at Thang Long Municipal Theatre, where visitors can watch the ancient art of water puppetry at one of the legendary shows. Kim Gregory tells us why this spellbinding spectacle is a Vietnamese tradition not to be missed.
Vietnamese art is one of the most celebrated styles in the world. From humble clay pots created during the Stone Age to modern, eclectic installations decorating Vietnam’s biggest cities, the unique styles of Vietnamese art have thrived despite centuries of Chinese and French imperialism. Read on to discover more about traditional art in beautiful Vietnam.
One of the most fascinating aspects of Vietnamese culture is the prevalence of myths and legends regarding the birth of Vietnam’s people. From the enchanting tale of the fairy goddess to terrifying ancient monsters, these tales have been told generations. There is one legend highly debated in Vietnamese folklore, and that is of Chim Lac, Vietnam’s imaginary bird.
Vietnam is a country with a repertory of traditional musical instruments formed along the length of the history of the country. There are musical instruments created domestically with local characteristics, and there are the ones imported from many different places but was nationalized as well as localized to suit the musical aesthetics of Vietnam.