Visitors to the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Museums in Vietnam are set to be open to visitors free of charge on the International Museum Day (May 18). This is among the activities suggested by the Department of Cultural Heritage under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in response to the International Museum Day. The agency called on museums nationwide to diversify their introduction and exhibition of intangible cultural heritage and to organise more cultural events. The museums should increase coordination with the educational sector to introduce cultural heritage, especially intangible ones, to students, it said. They were suggested to step up communications activities, focusing on those going via websites, social networks and mobile apps. The International Council of Museums chose the theme “Museums as Cultural Hubs: The future of tradition” for this year’s International Museum Day. The Cultural Heritage … [Read more...] about Vietnamese museums to be open for free on Int’l Museum Day
Ranging from brocade products made by the Thai, Dao, Lo Lo ethnic groups and wax patterns produced by the H’mong people to the distinctive aroma of herbs by Day people, the bazaar brought together all of the cultural charms of Vietnamese tribes to the Vietnamese Museum of Ethnology. Through their projects, the Centre for Handicraft Research, Linkage and Development, also known as Craft Link, has provided ethnic minority groups and people living in difficult circumstances with the necessary skills on the managing, accounting, marketing and improving techniques so that they can create high-quality and marketable products. By attending the bazaar, the targeted groups not only had a chance to sell their products but also explore more about customers’ consumption habits and behaviours. The bazaar also included demonstrations of brocade weaving and embroidery, entertainment activities and folk games. An ethnic woman drawing patterns using beeswax Colourful and eye-catching … [Read more...] about Bazaar shows charm of Vietnamese brocades
Cultural experts have suggested setting up preservation and restoration centres for historical artefacts as many have been damaged due to lack of proper storage at museums. Japanese Sumitomo Foundation helped restore a door Nguyen Van Cuong, director of the National Museum of Vietnamese History, said that even though none of the items had been broken beyond repair, a large number of them were damaged. He hopes Vietnam will be able to buy multi-million dollar trucks that are used in China which are capable of preserving the items immediately after they are discovered. In South Korea, they use special ships for excavating since many items are in good condition underwater but will be damaged after being exposed to air. Pham Quoc Quan, former director of Vietnam Museum of Revolution, said that the mummies of monks Vu Khac Minh and Vu Khac Truong had been damaged and restoration would be costly. Thousands of items at Nghe An Museum were also at risk due to being stored improperly. … [Read more...] about Vietnamese artefacts in need of proper preservation
TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website, has named three Vietnamese museums – the Museum of Ethnology, the Women’s Museum and the War Remnants Museum – in the top 25 most attractive museums in Asia. Travellers’ Choice awards honour top travel spots in Asia based on the valuable reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travellers. Award winners were determined using a methodology that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews for museums in Asia, gathered over a 12-month period. All three museums had been previously awarded Travellers Choice Awards in 2013. The Vietnamese Museum of Ethnology placed fourth this year, up two steps from a year earlier. The Vietnamese Women’s Museum ranked sixth, up five, and the War Remnants Museum was 11th, down six. … [Read more...] about Three Vietnamese museums cited in top 25 of Asia
It’s been a while since I last paid a visit to a museum in HCM City. I’m not sure why I’ve come to neglect local museums. It could be because busy work has got the best of me or foreign museums have brought more excitement. There are a few museums in HCM City that attract many tourists on a daily basis, including War Remnants Museum, Hồ Chí Minh Museum and the Fine Arts Museum, among others. During my recent visit to the Fine Arts Museum in District 1, I found it to be a place that has preserved its cultural value. However, it didn’t inspire me as much as my first visit five years ago, perhaps because it hasn’t been upgraded. Though I understand that museums in general have to display permanent collections, I expected more from one of the most iconic museums in HCM City. “I love to check out museums when visiting another country since it is the fastest way to get to know a country’s culture and history,” Franstian Lo, an … [Read more...] about Are local museums falling out of favour?