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Any visitor to Ho Chi Minh City should visit at least one of its many interesting museums. Not having seen any statistics regarding which ones are the most popular, I could hazard a guess that ‘The War Remnants Museum’ and the ‘Reunification Palace’ top the list with perhaps ‘The Municipal Museum’ taking the bronze. [ more... ]
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Double animal head earrings are considered characteristic of Sa Huynh culture during the Metal Age in the littoral regions of central Vietnam (Sa Huynh culture was discovered in 1909). [ more... ]
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From the 15th to 18th century, Vietnam had four dynasties, the Early Le (1428-1527), Mạc (1527-1592), Restored Lê (1533-1789) and Tây Sơn (1778-1802). Despite political troubles and changes, the period saw a remarkable development of Vietnamese foreign trade. [ more... ]
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Confucianism was brought into Vietnam under Chinese rule, through three periods, from 111 BC to 39 AD, by the Western Han and Eastern Han dynasties, from 43 AD to 541AD, by the Eastern Han, Three Kingdoms, Jin and Northern and Southern dynasties and from 602AD to 905AD, by the Sui and Tang dynasties. [ more... ]
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In the drawings, Bui Quy Long depicts how Long Bien Bridge in Hanoi was damaged by American bombings in December 1972. In the drawing 1, a new structure, built with steel supplied by the former Soviet Union, [ more... ]
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Vietnam Heritage continues its series on jade items in the National Museum of Vietnamese History, based in the publication Vietnamese Ancient Jade. We have reached the Nguyen Dynasty, in which jade sculpture flourished. This month the topic is boxes. [ more... ]
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Hue was the capital of the last dynasty of feudal Vietnam. The August Revolution of 1945, led by the Vietnamese Communist Party, ended the feudal system, which had dominated for thousands of years. [ more... ]
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The first time I saw the Long Bien Bridge was in the 1970’s – I was a young boy living in Connecticut in the United States. In my home there was a stack of old Time Magazines and dating from some years before was an article about the United States Air force bombing of Long Bien Bridge in Hanoi. [ more... ]
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Burying the dead in ceramic jar is a practice found in many places around the world and throughout Southeast Asia from prehistoric times at least up until the Christian era. The jars may contain the entire body, the ashes, remains removed from a grave for the second burial or only the person’s belongings. [ more... ]
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Vietnam Heritage has been publishing a series based on the National Museum of Vietnamese History’s current exhibition of jade objects and the museum’s publication Vietnamese Ancient Jade. This month the topic is jade brush accessories used by the Nguyen dynasty. [ more... ]
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