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.

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.

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...

Durian (Sầu Riêng)

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It is quite unusual smell makes the Durian one of the most unique fruits to ever exist. Such odour often yield mixed reactions from different people ranging from deep appreciation to pure disgust. Six times larger than the cantaloupe, its green thick, rough, thorn-covered husk looks similar to the...

Banh Cuon – A Lasting Delicate and Comfort Roll

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For years, Bánh Cuốn (Vietnamese steamed rice rolls) has never stop to demonstrate its long-lasting perfect comfort food to food lovers. When people need something light, delicate yet flavorful, Bánh Cuốn is an inescapable dish quickly passes voting to be named in the menu. For those are familiar...

Chrysanthemum Wine

vietnam.com 2014-07-24

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...

Star Apple (Vú Sữa)

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Star apple is a fruit commonly grown in the orchards of central and southern parts of Viet Nam, though the most famous ones are located in Can Tho Province in the Mekong Delta.

Hanoi Fruit (quả sấu)

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A common urban tree in Hanoi bears a simple, yet popular fruit both to locals and tourists. The fruit, called, quả sấu, sour in taste and is known to create delightful soup recipes and beverages. Among a common favorite by locals is a drink made from the fruit combined with jasmine water. This...

Dragon Fruit (Thanh Long)

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Thanh Long (Green Dragon) is the name of a newly cultivated fruit in Viet Nam. The fruit weighs from 200 to 500 grams, and has pink or dark-red colour. The ripe fruit looks like the kohlrabi cabbage and has an oval shape. When ripe, the fruit peels as easily as a banana. Its pulp is white and...

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...

Chú Cuội or The Man in the Moon

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Long time ago, in a tiny bamboo hut beside the jungle, there lived a poor woodcutter named Chú Cuội. He had lived every day of his life cutting small trees in the woods and gathering dry sticks to sell as fuel in the market. He then would tie the woods and sticks up in bundles and carry them home...

Music

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

Chử Đồng-Tử and princess Tiên Dung

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Long time ago in the kingdom of Văn Lang, there lived a king named Hùng Vương the Third. He had a daughter who was blessed with truly divine beauty, of which why they named her Tiên Dung. But despite her gift of enchanting loveliness, the princess remained indifferent to any man’s affection and no...

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.

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.

Chau Ro gongs connect the living and the dead

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People in the Central Highlands believe that when the gongs are played, there is an encounter between the human and spirit worlds, between the worlds of the living and the dead.

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