Old Quarter tourist spot promoted
Craftsmen perform the sophisticated steps in making lacquer at the Hanoi Culture Space located within the Dong Lac Communal House. (Photo: VNA)
The Dong Lac Communal House has been recognised by the Hanoi
Tourism Department as a new tourist destination in the Old Quarter.
Located at 38 Hang Dao
Street, the communal house worships the ancestors of the brassiere trading in
the 16th century. After many ups and downs through its history, the house was
damaged seriously. In 2000, the vestige was renovated with the financial and technical
assistance of Toulouse city in France.
In 2004, the communal
house was recognised by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism as a
Aiming to introduce to
tourists to Vietnamese traditional handicraft, a cultural space has been set up
within the two-storey building, displaying refined products such as lacquer, giay
do (poonah), lanh My A (My A black silk), and
embroidery. In addition, all the staff working at the venue have been trained
as tourist guides for the venue.
From January, the Hanoi
Culture Space will launch monthly cultural series with an aim to revive
traditional values of the local culture.
The kick-off, held on
January 13, will be a roundtable discussion with painter and antique collector
Nguyen Manh Duc, who will talk about the Lunar New Year altar of Vietnamese
people and prayers made during the traditional festival.
Other events will be
held on the second Friday of every month.-VNA