Saigon in old hand-colored pictures

In 1860, Saigon Port was founded with the name Saigon Commercial Port. It was renamed Saigon Port in 1975.

VietNamNet Bridge - Saigon's iconic buildings appear nicely in hand-colored postcards issued during the French colonial period in Vietnam. Eden shopping mall, located at the corner of Dong Khoi - Le Loi, was the commercial center of old Saigon. In addition to luxury shops, Eden had a modern cinema. The Givral café there was the favourite venue of foreign correspondents. Eden has now been replaced by the Union Square building. … [Read more...]

Scientists discuss inscription preservation in Hue imperial citadel

Han script poetry on the top of Thai Hoa Temple, Hue Royal Palace (Photo: SGGP)

A scientific seminar was hosted yesterday in the central city of Hue to discuss ways to preserve and promote the value of Han script inscriptions in verses and prose carved on architectural works in Hue imperial citadel. According to scientists at the seminar, Nguyen Dynasty bequeathed a huge number of imperial architectural works including citadels, royal tombs and temples in Hue ancient capital during nearly a century (1802-1945). … [Read more...]

The love for pencil carving

Members of the pencil carving club focus on their artworks at April 30 Park in HCMC’s District 1

My Loan Dang Hong Khanh, a graduate of HCMC University of Law who heads the club, says he knows about pencil carving through a friend and has gradually fallen in love with it. He has learned more about this genre of art on the Internet and decided to open a club and a Facebook page to connect with those who have the same love for this art. Originating in Japan, pencil carving allows carvers to create words, shapes, and patterns either on the core or the body of the pencil using cutter, paper … [Read more...]

Dining in a small antique museum

Antiques are on display at the lobby of Si Restaurant

Kieu Giang The restaurant with its humble façade in glass is nestled in a quite and small street of Ngo Van Nam near Le Thanh Ton Street. Once inside, people might be amazed to see a huge collection of antiques set up in the main entrance on the ground floor. These artifacts are arranged in some high cabinets made of glass. … [Read more...]

Picture imperfect: Photo contest shows bleak climate future for Vietnam

The first prize winner is a photo by Than Tinh showing workers removing trash from the Ca Bon Canal in District 12, Ho Chi Minh City.

Pictures don't lie. A canal buried under tons of trash, vehicles swimming through a flooded street in Hanoi, and patches of cry, cracked soil in southern Vietnam -- these photos paint a bleak reality of the country's environment. … [Read more...]

Saigon’s deserted house becomes art district

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VietNamNet Bridge - Impressive graffiti paintings have turned a deserted house in Ho Chi Minh City into a favorite destination of young people. This house is located behind the People's Committee of District 2, overlooking the Saigon River . … [Read more...]

Ambassador of arts

Nora Annesley Taylor, a Swiss researcher, is known among researchers and art critics of the West, Asia and Vietnam in particular. She has come to Vietnam to research and work since 1990. Her researches focus on Vietnam and Asia ’s contemporary arts. Nora has good command of five languages. She speaks Vietnamese as smoothly as her mother tongue. She used to be an associate professor of humanities and art science at the University of Arizona and now is Southeast Asian art … [Read more...]

Ho Guom in Dang Tin Tuong’s Paintings

"Ngoc Son Temple 3" (Poonah paper, 60 x 80cm).

"Ngoc Son Temple 3" (Poonah paper, 60 x 80cm). … [Read more...]

‘Innocently’ painting pottery works wonders

Creations: Painter Nguyen Lan Huong looks at some of her works at an exhibition organised at the Heritage Space, Dolphin Plaza, Ha Noi. The exhibition will run until the end of March.

VietNamNet Bridge - Though painter Nguyen Lan Huong had already achieved fame for her oil and acrylic paintings, she wanted to try her hand at creating painting on pottery. "When I experimented with painting on pottery and enamelled tiles, I invested my soul, which is as innocent as a child's," Huong said. … [Read more...]

A painter who ‘picks up pebbles’ of life

VietNamNet Bridge - Le Tri Dung's horses have acquired human dimensions and emotions, and the painter turns writer as he listens to them intently, filling up page after page, writes Cao Minh. A work by painter Le Tri Dung. Le Tri Dung is both a renowned painter who specialises in painting horses and an author recognised for deep musings that are encapsulated in three books. Dung's studio is filled with large oil paintings of horses viewed from different angles, as well as paintbrushes and … [Read more...]