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Việt Nam’s 54 ethnic groups showcased on Google digital platform



Photos of more than 60 colourful traditional costumes of various ethnic groups across Việt Nam are being displayed on Google Art and Culture platform. Google screenshot

HÀ NỘI –  A collection of hundreds of high-quality photos depicting the culture and life of 54 ethnic minority groups across Việt Nam is being exhibited for the first time on the global digital platform, Google Arts & Culture.

The exhibition, titled “Precious Heritage Art Gallery Museum” by French photographer Réhahn Croquevielle, includes vibrant photos showcasing over 60 colourful traditional costumes from various ethnic groups such as Dao, Bố Y, Ơ Đu, Phù Lá, La Hủ, Pu Péo, Pà Thẻn, and Si La.

It also features interesting stories and unique artefacts that the author collected during his journey throughout Việt Nam, discovering the beauty of the country and its people.

Information on each photo is provided in Vietnamese, English, and French. Images of 54 ethnic groups living in the regions of North, Central, and South Việt Nam, each with distinct characteristics, lifestyles, and customs, are vividly portrayed, enabling viewers to better appreciate the rich and diverse national cultural identity.

Smiling faces of the ethnic children in the northern mountain remote areas are reflected on Google Art and Culture by Réhahn, a French photographer. Google screenshot

In Réhahn’s eyes, the North of Việt Nam is an area of stunning beauty, having travelled to the most remote parts of the country to photograph the ethnic groups and learn their traditional songs.

He was especially taken with the Si La people in their costumes adorned with silver coins, which are believed to bring luck.

Réhahn also encountered the Dao, Pu Péo, Khơ Mú, and Mông Hoa peoples, discovering that each has its own language, skills, and traditional attire. He expressed that while the northern mountain region might be remote and challenging to traverse, its captivating landscapes, colours, and contrasts have drawn him back time and again.

The photographer’s journeys to the central and southern regions have been equally intriguing. He mentioned that in many areas, ethnic minorities live with scant opportunities to interact with foreigners, leading him to work there for many years.

Réhahn revealed that the most memorable encounter for him was likely with the Ơ Đu people, the smallest ethnic group in Việt Nam, numbering only 376 individuals.

Réhahn’s online photo exhibition on the Google Arts & Culture platform also allows viewers to appreciate and learn about the indigo dyeing technique of the Dao, Nùng, Mông, and La Chí.

The dyeing technique imparts the characteristic green colour of the indigo plant and offers a process to create a non-toxic dyeing substance. It also encompasses weaving methods that have been handed down through centuries, such as harvesting hemp and batik design – a traditional handmade fabric with beeswax motifs using natural dyes. These techniques form an integral part of the culture, heritage, and in some instances, the livelihoods of ethnic minorities.

Additionally, the exhibition, accessible at, showcases and introduces various traditional local occupations, including the coffee production process of the K’Ho people and organic honey farming by the Cơ Tu.

After his initial exploration of the northern region, he devoted five years to immerse himself in the diverse, intricate culture and the delicate preservation of the cultural heritage of the ethnic groups.

Born in Normandy, France, Réhahn travelled to over 35 countries before choosing to settle in the ancient town of Hội An, which he regards as his second home.

Drawn to capturing images of diverse cultures and collecting traditional costumes and invaluable artefacts, he chose to renovate an old house from the French colonial period in Hội An. He transformed this dwelling into an art museum, dedicated to narrating the stories of Việt Nam’s 54 ethnic groups.

He also made a profound impression on the hearts of the Vietnamese art-loving community through portraits in Việt Nam, Cuba, and India.

His career was accentuated with the release of a photo book titled “Mosaic of Contrasts” in 2014 in Việt Nam, followed by the exhibition “Ageless Beauty” at the Vietnamese Women’s Museum.

His Precious Heritage Art Gallery Museum houses the permanent display of Réhahn’s Precious Heritage Collection. While transporting viewers to the remotest parts of Việt Nam, the collection reveals the rich cultural mosaic of the ethnic tribes.

“Discover striking portraits, stories, and heirlooms that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Both a celebration and a call for preservation, this free museum, the only one of its kind, is a labour of love and respect. It stands as a testament to the connection, appreciation, and importance Réhahn feels for these remarkable tribes,” states Google Art and Culture.

“Five rooms, covering over 500 sq.m in a 19th-century French house, display hundreds of portraits, over 60 costumes, tribal songs, and a sense of wonder,” Google describes.

“As you explore each room, you can accompany Réhahn on his almost decade-long journey to document the 54 ethnic tribes and their subgroups remaining in the country.” VNS 


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Fashion model attends Mister Tourism World 2023



Fashion model and movie actor Nguyễn Quốc Trí of Đồng Tháp Province is representing Việt Nam at the Mister Tourism World 2023 in Brazil this week.  Photo courtesy of the organiser

HCM CITY — Fashion model and movie actor Nguyễn Quốc Trí is representing Việt Nam at the Mister Tourism World 2023 in Brazil this week. 

Trí stands at 1.80m, and 70kg in weight. Before being crowned as New Face of Television 2022 in HCM City, he worked as a flight attendant for Vietnam Airlines. 

He studied at the HCM City Open University. 

He works for Hồ Chí Minh Television and Voice of Hồ Chí Minh City. 

“I will introduce Việt Nam, its culture and lifestyle to the world through my performance at Mister Tourism World 2023,” said 28-year-old Trí, a resident of Đồng Tháp Province. 

For his performance, Trí will use traditional clothes by fashion designer Tuấn Hải. 

Mister Tourism World 2023 was first organised in 2016, one among three contests for men. The other two include Manhunt International and Mister International. 

Vietnamese representative Phạm Xuân Hiển was named the winner of the 2016 contest.

Last year, Phùng Phước Thịnh of HCM City won Mister Friendship and Best Talent at the pageant in the Philippines. 

Mister Tourism World 2023 will take place from November 29 to December 6 in Salvador da Bahia and Rio de Janeiro. Competitors from 40 countries and territories will be competing. — VNS


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Take part in ‘Charity Christmas Village’ to spread the spirit of sharing



HÀ NỘI —A Christmas event in Hà Nội is being held to support primary schools in the northern province of Ninh Bình.

To spread the spirit of sharing for a better life, ‘Christmas Village 2023’ hosted by the JW Marriott Hanoi during December 2&3, will help purchase solar water purifiers for primary schools in Nho Quan District, Ninh Bình Province.

Aiming to bring a meaningful and warm Christmas season to all people who are in need, the organiser will donate part of the ticket proceeds to help orphaned and disadvantaged children and women in Việt Nam with AFV, ActionAid, HopeBox, and Blue Dragon. A silent auction will take place on Saturday and Sunday to raise funds to support the community.

The Christmas Village will recreate a festive holiday season with many Christmas-themed booths. — Photo courtesy of JW Marriott Hanoi

At the Christmas village, guests can stroll down through the bustling stalls showcasing a vast array of domestic and international brands with many holiday season products such as handicrafts, decorations, toys, fashion, beauty among others.

Exciting outdoor activities such as a bouncy castle, Santa’s playground, statue painting and live performances will also take place throughout the two days.

Festival-goers can also enjoy delicious delights such as pastries, German sausages, crispy chicken, or Japanese grilled skewers from Kumihimo restaurant.

Part of the proceeds will help orphaned and disadvantaged children and women in Việt Nam. — Photo courtesy of JW Marriott Hanoi

Families can go on a picnic in the relaxing space of JW Lakeside Gardens, or enjoy drinks at the Beer Garden.

On Saturday evening, guests can immerse themselves in the magical moment as the entire hotel is lit up in sparkling lights and Christmas music at the Lighting Ceremony with the special presence of 31 underprivileged children from the Hữu Nghị Đống Đa School, with Santa Claus scheduled to make an appearance.

The entrance fee is VNĐ150,000 for adults, and 100,000 for children above 1.1-1.4 metres tall. Free for children below 1.1 metres tall. — VNS


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Korean and Việt Nam museums co-organise art exhibition



A work by artist Yoon Nam-woong. 

HÀ NỘI — Artists from South Korean Gwangju Museum have displayed their paintings at Việt Nam National Fine Arts Museum (VNFAM) for the first time. 

The exhibition entitled The Melody of Korean Art features seven artists including Lee Hyung-woo, Yoon Nam-woong, Lee In-sung, Kim Sung-nam, Pyo In-bu, Kim Byoung-taeg and Kim Chang-duk.

“The exhibition is a good chance for Vietnamese fine arts lovers to get to know Korean fine arts and have a chance to enjoy paintings by Korean artists in Hà Nội,” said Nguyễn Đức Kiên, deputy-director of VNFAM. “I believe that it will promote co-operation between the two museums in future to strengthen bilateral relationship between the two countries.”

Made in a wide range of materials including oil, lacquer, silk, ceramic and Korean traditional hanji paper, the works portray the beauty of Korean country, people and joy. 

Arist Lee Hyung-woo uses diverse colours to depict the daily life of Koreans. With generous brushstrokes and metaphorical and witty situations, the artist brings laughter to viewers. 

Yoon Nam-woong expresses human emotions through his honest and humorous works. He evokes joy and love of life by capturing life’s milestones with a humorous perspective, artistic freedom and idyllic rural images.

Lee In-sung’s paintings reflect images of human life. The artist recounts stories that could happen to anyone and emphasises its meaning through metaphorical expressions.

Visitors viewing works at the exhibition. 

Kim Sung-nam captures and expresses nature full of raw energy, rather than the familiar, peaceful and beautiful natural landscape from the usual human perspective.

Artist Pyo In-bu creates his works with hanji paper. His painting series entitled Memories of the Wind is a reflection of memories in life. 

Kim Chang-duk uses natural materials such as quartz, stone powder and natural colours to create unique ceramic paintings. The works deeply express the spirit and customs of Korea.

Artist Kim Byoung-taeg is the one who repeatedly uses red or blue for images of water, sea and mountains, which are considered the source of life. For him, nature carries many important symbols conveying messages of hope and healing in life.

Gwangju museum is a renowned cultural hub with a deep-rooted tradition of art. Since its opening in 1992, Gwangju Museum of Art has been a part of modern art history in Korea and gained ground as a cultural zone.

Gwangju museum director Gim Jun-gi speaks at the opening ceremony at Việt Nam Fine Arts Museum. VNS photos Nguyễn Bình

Gwangju museum plays an important role in connecting museums and artists around the world, organising exhibitions in many countries like China, Japan, Britain, Germany and the US,  according to the museum director Gim Jun-gi.

“The selected works displayed in Việt Nam contain the landscape of Korea and cheerful emotions of the people,” said Gim. “I want to popularise Korean art to the Vietnamese audience and I expect to have art exchanges between artists of the two countries.”

The exhibition runs until November 30 at 66 Nguyễn Thái Học Street. — VNS


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