Located along Nguyen Khanh Toan Street, Huong Lacquer Arts is both a company that produces fine lacquerware and one that celebrates the medium itself. Indeed, they provide guided tours through their facilities and demonstrations of their production techniques.
Just to add some background, the creation of lacquerware can be described as a Vietnamese national art. This is largely made possible by the proliferation of lacquer trees that are endemic to the northern parts of the country. This time-consuming process involves the application of multiple layers of dyed and dried sap from lacquer trees to create intricate designs. For fine examples of the results, you can take a stroll through Huong Lacquer Art’s gallery. Here, you can see plenty of original work and even recreations of famous paintings—all done through lacquer painting. And if you can count yourself as impressed, you can shop for pieces of art that you can bring back home to display in one of your rooms.
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
As a nation, Vietnam is surprisingly diverse, having 54 ethnic groups which are officially recognized throughout the land. The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology along Nguyen Van Huyen Road pays tribute to each of these groups, while promoting socio-cultural diversity all over the country. It’s also a government-sponsored ethnological research center that aims to preserve the cultural heritage of each unique ethnic group that calls Vietnam home.
Right from the outset, the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology’s outdoor display area provides guests with facsimiles of house designs that can be found throughout Vietnam. And inside, the museum holds thousands of artifacts from different ethnic groups, among both old and more modern records of their culture. Examples of the latter include video and audio records of their practices and languages, in addition to still photographs. All of these make the museum an interesting place to both visit and have a productive learning experience.
Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower
Every major metropolitan area has a clear defining part of its skyline. For Hanoi, it’s the 72-story Keangnam Hanoi Landmark center. Finished only in 2012, this skyscraper has the title of being the tallest building in Vietnam. Its dominating height makes it easy to mark out among the city’s other buildings. It also has multiple functions, which includes acting as a residential tower, a hotel, and an office building. But for tourists, Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower also has the highest art center in Vietnam, ArtHall72. This gallery allows guests to enjoy art while surveying amazing views from above Hanoi. And if you’re up to enjoy more of the building’s excellent facilities, you can also hang out by their Garden Pool and go for a quick splash or hang out by the Pool Bar and have a few drinks.
Don’t be afraid to explore more of Cầu Giấy and do more than just shop. If you’re in the area, feel free to start with the above three places, and work your way through to more from there.
Article written by Maria
(Photo by garrettziegler via Flickr)