Culture

Vietnam is home to many ethnic groups though it doesn't consist of real separate ethnics. Over time the intercultural connections of the different ethnic groups built up a wide and diversified culture without one main goal - the Vietnamese.

Most importantly is that there is no state religion but religious freedom. Religion and politics are completely separated here. For our understanding, most Vietnamese people are polytheistic. They follow Buddhist and Confucian ways, while they have a shrine for their ancestors and for example celebrate Christmas.

This manifold culture developed over thousands of years and got shaped by lots of influences. Vietnam’s key position between Indonesia and the Asian main land and in between different cultures made it a merchant place with lots of traffic. Mixture of cultures was inevitable.

Oldest sources say that first the Lac, Muong and Hung of the Red river delta mixed with Chinese invaders. Later Khmer and Cham roots were added through there conquest. All those ancestors are to be found in Vietnamese myths and legends.

So over time more and more religious treats were adopted by Vietnamese culture and that's why there is room for Buddha, Confucius, Animistic traditions, Hindu gods and far more.

Even the western occupations left its reminders within Vietnamese culture: There is French white bread, liver pâté, cake and so on. Even Christian and Muslim ideas have been taken in and also classical Vietnamese music sounds have changed into modern western ones.

So what remains today is the Vietnamese potential to adopt most practical and useful inputs, where most of it is possible thanks to the Vietnamese openness.

Through its cultural diversity the culinary experiences to be enjoyed are an endless number. For Vietnamese there is certainly very few that you really cannot eat. So regarding to regional shape you can get various dishes. On the other hand you also get many offers that you might prefer to refuse.

Vietnam has its own language - it connects and divides them. Of course it gives Vietnamese a national heritage, while they even know from which village the other speaker is - only through the dialect.

But still: Even if the mixture is quite advanced - it remains a multiethnic state. There are still various ethnic groups - for several reasons some are still integrating and some are trying not to. But be careful for those minorities are political, not social. There are still Khmer and Cham in Vietnam - making up most Muslims here. Dao and several mountain people have kept their culture till today.

Contemporary Vietnamese Traditional Weddings

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The pace of change Compared to how weddings in Vietnam are carried out in the past, there are notably significant differences to the modern traditional weddings in the country today. Cost is among the most obvious differences. Because of the growing sociable nature of people, pressures arising...

Naming Vietnamese Lunar Years (Âm Lịch Việt Nam)

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The year of the Dragon lasted from January 23, 2012 until February 10, 2013, when it was replaced by the year of the snake. The past year that was dynamic and powerful as the Dragon itself was Nhâm Thìn, the new one is Quý Tỵ, as provided by the Vietnamese Lunar Calendar.

Religion

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There is no one and only religion in Vietnam. The type of religion is more polytheism but the vietnamese people often mix up thinkings like the doctrine Buddha with the one of Confucius. We will show you some of the famous pagodas - you should not miss to visit when going to Vietnam.

Quang Nam’s Chicken Rice - a Delectably Spicy Treat

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A visit to Quang Nam province in Vietnam’s South Central Coast would never be complete without enjoying their specially prepared local Chicken Rice dish. Described to be remarkably spicy, and may bring an unsuspecting diner to a momentary surprise - - - but it is more of a pleasant surprise even the...

Fresh water fish – a special dish at Thai wedding

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Thai people in North Western Vietnam have a unique and delicious dish of fresh water fish indispensable at their traditional weddings.

Cha Lua – A fine Vietnamese sausage for diverse serves

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Cha lua (vietnamee: chả lụa or giò lụa) is known as Vietnamese sausage or Vietnamese ham. Sometimes, it is called as Vietnamese pork roll or Vietnamese pork meatloaf. Having various names, though, Cha lua is made from two basic ingredients pounded lean pork loin and very good fish sauce, wrapped in...

Custard Apple (Mãng Cầu)

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There are two kinds of custard apples grown in Viet Nam, a firm variety and the other one, soft. Custard apples could vary in shape regardless of its variety, and its fruit could be round, oval shaped or irregular. The fruit has a green peel which is rough to the touch, enclosing white milky pulps...

Sapodilla (Hồng Xiêm, Sa Pô Chê)

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Originally from Central America, Sapodilla was introduced to Vietnam for a long time now. However, it was only during the recent decades that this fruit was widely planted and cultivated in the country.

Evolution of Pho - Now, Mixed Pho

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Who can resist a good bowl of Pho? The hearty and flavorful rice-noodle dish known as Vietnam’s national soup is not just a delicacy and specialty in Vietnam, but is also a delight to tourists and an unending craze to locals. Probably in every corner, and every alley in Vietnam, you will see locals...

Non La – A Symbol of Vietnamese’ Charm and Romance

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When travelling throughout Vietnam, tourists never fail to take notice of the local charming ladies donned in Áo Dài (Vietnamese traditional long dress) and Non La (conical leaf hat, Vietnamese: Nón Lá) walking gracefully along the streets.

Clothing

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Have you ever asked what vietnamese people typically wear? No idea what is the Non La or an Ao Dai? Never mind, we will explain it to you!

Ao Dai (Áo Dài)

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The most popular and widely-recognized national costume of Vietnam, the Ao Dai is a symbol to show the national pride. It leaves a lasting impression to anyone who comes and visit the place. Pronounced differently in varying parts of the country, ‘ow yai’ for most of the places in the South, and ‘ow...

Đàn Bầu

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Believed to be as old as Vietnams’ early dynastic era, an extraordinary musical instrument exists through time holding with it centuries of beautiful music incorporated into lifelong histories of lives of the Vietnamese people.

The Two Sisters - A Vietnamese Story of Pride and Jealousy

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In the foot of a jungle-covered mountain, there used to live an old-woodcutter and his twin daughters, Thảo and Hiền. Despite his old age, the woodcutter works extremely hard for his two children. Every day, he would take his axe and cut huge woods or gather small sticks from the jungle floor to...

An Tiêm and the Watermelon

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Centuries ago, Vietnam was ruled by King Hung Vuong the Third, a king greatly loved by the people for his kindness and generosity. Having only one daughter, he decided to adopt a boy. His devotion to his people made him decide to adopt the child of a very poor family from a distant island, and named...

The Last Musical Instrument of Nguyen Dynasty

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Mr. Lu Huu Thi, 101, was a member of the royal court music orchestra under the courts of Kings Khai Dinh and Bao Dai. He is now the last musician of the monarchial period in Vietnam.

Music

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Learn more about vietnamese music and also some unique instruments here!

Legend of the Heavenly King of Phù Đổng (Phù Đổng Thiên Vương)

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An invasion by a strong army from the north has ravaged the country during the reign of King Hung the Sixth. The Ân army have taken over Van Lang, setting houses on fire, and invading village after village. As cries of the women, children and all innocent victims filled the air, mixing with the...

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