Vietnam

About Vietnam

Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country on the South China Sea known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas and bustling cities.

Hanoi is the country’s capital and Ho Chi Minh City is its largest city. Vietnamese is the official language of Vietnam. Its official currency is Dong (VND). It is bordered by three countries – China, Laos, and Cambodia

Vietnam’s culture is a complex adaptation of Chinese, Japanese, French, and American colonial influences. Vietnamese culture revolves around core values of humanity, community, harmony, and family

Vietnam has two famous festivals. The biggest festival in Vietnam is called Tet Nguyen Dan (or simply Tet). This festival celebrates rebirth and is the equivalent of the Lunar New Year

The second festival is the “love market” festival that is observed to commemorate a tragic forbidden love story, and to give modern-day ex-lovers a chance to meet on neutral territory

Vietnam’s traditional fashion is distinguished by the flowing robes called Ao Dai, and conical hats called Non La

Art and Architecture

Vietnam has many famous pieces of art and architecture. The Dong Son Drums are a relic of the sophisticated Bronze Age Culture between 500 BC and 300 AD

Water Puppetry is another popular art form that dates back to the 11th century

Vietnam’s Thu Phap calligraphy involves “blowing beauty into every single character”

The Bin Chau Hotsprings are hot enough to boil eggs, the Perfume River is named so due to the scent of the tropical flowers that fall into the water during autumn

Food and Cuisine

The Vietnamese believe in the Tao Quan or Three Kitchen Gods, who live with and observe each family’s actions. They depart at the end of the Lunar Year to report their findings to Ngoc Hoan, The Jade Emperor

Their cuisine is known to be a balance of the 5 Asian Elements, spicy, sour, bitter, salty, and sweet

The Yin Yang principle is also applied when composing a meal, to provide contrasts in spiciness and temperature of the food

Vietnamese cuisine uses the entirety of a pig when it is being cooked, including innards

Vietnam has many famous pieces of art and architecture. The Dong Son Drums are a relic of the sophisticated Bronze Age Culture between 500 BC and 300 AD

Water Puppetry is another popular art form that dates back to the 11th century

Vietnam’s Thu Phap calligraphy involves “blowing beauty into every single character”

The Bin Chau Hotsprings are hot enough to boil eggs, the Perfume River is named so due to the scent of the tropical flowers that fall into the water during autumn

 

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