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Month: January 2009

Đàn bầu

While we’re talking about traditional folklore, did you know that one of the most popular musical instruments is the monochord – or, in Vietnamese, ‘đàn bầu‘? Although very simple in its design, the sounds it can produce covers an astonishing… Continue Reading…


Low rise

For those who weren’t convinced yet that Hanoi isn’t much of a skyscraper capital, well… This photo was taken right in the heart of the city, on a terrace overlooking Hoàn Kiếm lake. You can even see (even though it… Continue Reading…


Puppet show

Can you guess what this is? Theatre? Nope, it actually is the ‘stage’ of the famous Water Pupper show, located at one of the corners of Hoan Kiem lake; a traditional music band plays while animated puppets are evolving on… Continue Reading…


Fine lacquer

Most tourists who visit Hanoi bring some lacquerware back home, and for a good reason: the one produced here is of excellent quality and has evolved from traditional motifs to more vibrant colors and modern shapes. Here’s a piece I… Continue Reading…


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