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Journey through history with antique sword

In Vietnam Culture on February 28, 2010 at 11:31 am

Journey through history with antique sword

QĐND – Friday, February 26, 2010, 22:23 (GMT+7)

An exhibition of 99 ancient swords recently opened in Hanoi, offering visitors a chance to learn more about history’s most popular weapon.

The swords were selected from the private 300-sword collection owned by collector Duong Phu Hien.

Four generations of Hien’s family have maintained and added to the collection. “By collecting and preserving ancient Vietnamese artefacts, especially those relating to the defence of our nation, every member of my family has demonstrated their love for the country,” Hien said.

The exhibition features a large array of swords, including 37 that were made in Vietnam. The others came from different countries, including China, Japan, and the UK.

Each scabbard is decorated with unique and sophisticated patterns, including typical ancient royal Vietnamese designs like pine trees, daisies, bamboo, apricots and dragons.

Hien said almost all of the Vietnamese swords in his collection date from three centuries ago.

The collector was visibly filled with pride when he talked about one of his rare Samurai sword, which is considered as one of the “stars” of the exhibition. The 2.02m-long and 18kg sword is the biggest and longest in his collection.

According to Hien, the 18 th century sword was made out of very special steel. “A very complicated refining technique was necessary to create such a long sword. For this reason, long swords were very rare,” he said.

The valuable collection also includes a bayonet with a solid golden handle, two 17 th -century royal swords covered with Han Chinese characters, and a 1,500-year-old Cham sword.

Historian Duong Trung Quoc said: “The unique sword collection has a historical value which is much more significant than its material value.”

American visitor Brian Brousseau said the exhibition was “beautiful and interesting”. However, he added that the displays needed to be more organised because “it is difficult for people to know detailed information, such as which swords were made in Vietnam ”.

A limited number of informational captions about the history of each sword disappointed another Vietnamese visitor.

“All I can do is look at the swords and admire them, but there are no stories to go alongside the experience,” said Thanh Ha.

However, she was still interested in taking the time to enjoy the exhibit.

“Before I only knew about swords from TV, movies and the theatre, which are usually all the same. Here I see that there are many differences in their shapes and decorations,” she said.

The exhibition also includes five bronze drums from the Dong Son civilisation which date back to 3,000 years ago.

The exhibition will last until the end of May at the Museum of Military History , 28A Dien Bien Phu Street , Hanoi.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Hanoi lacquer exhibit offers enigmatic journey

In Vietnam Culture on December 7, 2009 at 3:54 am

A new lacquer installation exhibit sponsored by the US Embassy in Hanoi, opened December 4 in the capital.

The dome of Specula

“Specula,” the latest exhibition by Vietnamese American artist Phi Phi Oanh Nguyen offers visitors the chance to view lacquer in a new light.

Two years in the making, Specula combines Vietnamese lacquer techniques with architecture and mural painting, taking viewers on a mysterious journey of exploration.

A walk through the colossal exhibit reveals a multilayered network of images representing the interior of an imaginary cave.

Specula draws from diverse sources including Hanoi architecture, Islamic designs, prehistoric cave paintings, and installation art. 

The cultural hybrid results in a contemporary installation that ponders age-old universal questions of presence and existence, while revealing much about the artist herself.

Born in 1979 in Houston, Texas, Phi Phi Oanh attended Parsons School of Design in New York and Paris. The US Embassy also sponsored her first exhibition Black Box in Hanoi in 2007.

Specula is running at the Hanoi City Exhibition Hall, 93 Dinh Tien Hoang Street until December 31.

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Capital students join in journey to protect environment

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2008 at 12:46 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – More than 1,000 students joined in parade by bikes to call for environmental protection in Hanoi on Oct. 12.

The “Green and clean journey – 9X Caravan 2008” is a new programme jointly organised by the Ministry of Education and the Lotte Vietnam Company for school children to raise their scene of responsibility to the community, especially in environmental protection.

After the parade, the students participated in a series of extra-curricular activities and received free health checks-up.

The organising committee also presented 20 bicycles to outstanding students.

The “Green and clean journey – 9X Caravan 2008” programme is to take place in five cities – Hanoi, Hai Phong, Da Nang, Can Tho and Ho Chi Minh City.

The programme encourages students to go to school by bikes to prevent environmental pollution and to participate in the “Cycling for charity”.-