Vietnam House


Vietnam House at no.187 Nguyen Van Huong, Thao Dien ward,district 2, Ho Chi Minh City  featuresone of the few  large exhibitions ofhandicraft products of Vietnam.

With a total floor space of 3200 m2, the gallery has 50 showrooms displaying 12 categories of traditional handicrafts, including wovenbamboo and rattan,  objects made of sedgeand water fern, ceramics and porcelain, wood carvings,  laquer art, embroidery, stone carvings, loomtextile, handmade paper, art paintings, metalwork, etc.

One inside the free entrance, visitors can feed their eyesto satiety with thousands of handicrafts made by Viet Nam’s master artisans.Most of the items exhibited here are representative of  famous trade villages from all over thecountry.

Vietnam House is open every day from 9 am to 6 pm. From10:30 to 11:30 am on Wed., Sat. and Sun. every week, the house hosts a show ofVietnamese traditional music.

If a visitor fancies making something by him/herself, suchas a paper painting, a mask, a candy figurine, or palm leaf animals, etc. someexperienced artisan  will be ready toprovide guidance.

I observe that Western visitors are very excited whenlearning to make pottery. The kids show no less passion to learn a tradehands-on from the true artisans. Little girls are totally absorbed in paperpainting, while the boys love to make masks and palm leaf animals. Each of themcan finish their work of art in just 15-20 minutes under the guidance of theHouse staff.

 “I love to learn tomake paper paintings here. After one brief session I managed to make a simplepicture of flowers, grass and a butterfy. This weekend I’ll ask my parents tobring me here again  so I can learn howto make more beautiful pictures,” little Ngoc Linh shared.

With a big road at the front and Saigon river behind it,Vietnam House is airy and cool. It is accessible both from land and water.

Built in an open space and decorated mostly with wood andbamboo, Vietnam House looks very friendly.

The House was designed by Mr. Vo Trong Nghia, a famousarchitect of Vietnam, who won many domestic and international prizes for hisgreen, eco-friendly designs.

Coming soon are a restaurant and a bar to serve Vietnamesfoodand beverage, and a little supermarket with specialties from around thecountry, such as grean bean curds from Hai Duong, coconut sweets from Ben Tre,tea from Thai Nguyen, etc.

 “Vietnam House is aplace for foreign tourists to learn about Vietnamese culture through hand-madeproducts. Here, international importers can also quicly gain an overall pictureabout the strengths of artisanal trades of Vietnam,” shared Ms. Phan Dinh TramAnh, Vietnam House director, who has nearly 20 years of experience in the field of handicraft trades.

Ms. Anh added, “This is also an interesting place for Saigonfamilies to visit, shop and spend time during week-ends. The products beingshowcased and on sale at Vietnam House have been carefully selected by thecompany at their places of origin. So they are not only representative andsophisticated, but also very reasonably priced as compared to many othershoping centers.”

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