The Hanoi Presidential Palace, built to house the French Governor-General of Indochine.
The One Pillar Pagoda.
Ho Chi Minh Buddha.
The inner courtyard of Van Mieu.
Legend has it that the sapling that became this tree comes from the temple in India and the monk who became the first Buddha.
Tran Quoc Pagoda. “Tran” is the second most common Vietnamese surname, but trails “Nguyen” by quite a bit.
Hanoi’s Museum of Ethnology displayed the environments of many of its 54 officially recognized ethnic groups.
Long Houses are from a matriarchal village; the more daughters a family had, the wealthier they were, and the longer their house was.
Another sign of a wealthy family, large and numerous wine vessels.
In this Homg culture, the only item of sacred value was the staircase. If the family moved, the staircase was moved with them.
The three-pronged stove. I won’t spoil your enjoyment of researching the legend behind this stove. 😉
In this culture, homes were of mud, and had few, if any windows.
Gate leading to the Temple of Literature
The Temple of Literature.
Thang Long water puppetry in Hanoi. A tradition dating back to the 11th century, as a resourceful (and entertaining) way to make use of flooded rice fields.
I am so jealous I did not brave the soupy steam of Hanoi to join Tony. I shan’t make a mistake like this again.