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.

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.

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.

Pomelo (Bưởi)

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Pomelo (or Chinese grapefruit) is a member of the citrus family and is a native to Southeast Asia. The largest known citrus fruit, it appears like a big grapefruit but has a sweeter taste to it and is much less bitter.

Bun Thit Nuong – A popular yet specialty of Vietnamese Noodle Dish

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Bun Thit Nuong (vietnamese Bún Thịt Nướng or Bún Chả) is a popular dish of Vietnamese cuisine which is considered as a Vietnamese culinary specialty. It consists of grilled marinated pork chop serves with thin rice vermicelli over a bed of mixed fresh vegetables and well mixed fish sauce. Bun Thit...

Longan (Long Nhãn, Dragon Eye Fruit)

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Long Nhãn (means Dragon Eye in Vietnamese language) is abundant in many provinces in the Viet Nam. Known as a close relative to the lychee, this fruit is also tiny (about 2 cm in diameter) with a brownish brittle covering.

Homemade Wines

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Vietnam is famous for its natural, in fact rugged, landscapes. It has become a popular tourist destination through time because of its many, untouched and purely pristine sights and views. But perhaps unknown to many, Vietnam is also famous for another thing: homemade wines.

Guava (Ổi)

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A native of the tropical regions in Central America, the guava was introduced to South-East Asia around the 17th century. The guava fruit could either be round or pear-shaped, with thin dark green skin that turns yellowish green as the fruit ripens.

Chrysanthemum Wine

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Vien Tran is a wine collector and artisan who owns a teahouse in Ho Chi Minh City. An obvious wine lover, she specializes in making a kind of wine mixture made from a special blend of chrysanthemum flowers. In this particular interview, she is accompanied by Professor Tran Van Khe, an...

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...

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.

A Glazed Look at Phuoc Tich Pottery

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Phuoc Tich is a village about 40 kilometers north of Hue. And for over 500 years, it has been known for producing beautiful, world-class ceramics.

The Story of Tấm and Cám

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Once upon a time, there lived a beautiful girl named Tấm. She was very young when her mother died. But despite her mother’s absence, Tấm was a very happy girl since her father, who loved her dearly, devoted his days raising her and looking after her.

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...

Hue Royal Court Music (Nha Nhac)

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Nhã Nhạc, meaning “elegant music”, refers to a broad range of musical and dance styles performed at the Vietnamese royal court from the fifteenth to the mid-twentieth century. Nha Nhac was generally featured at the opening and closing of ceremonies associated with anniversaries, religious holidays,...

Hat Tuong - a Traditional Vietnamese Musical Performance Art

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Also called Hát Bội in Southern Vietnam, Hát Tuồng (or simply Tuồng) is a national classical theater in dramatic art form reflecting the country’s rich and unique culture. Being one of the oldest in the country, the art has existed since the late 12th century and is believed to be originally...

Hat Cheo - a Traditional Vietnamese Musical Performance Art

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Traditionally performed by peasants inhabiting the Red River Delta villages during festivals and holidays, Hát Chèo is a distinct theatrical art with clearly defined characterization and plot.

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