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Vietnam Fine Arts Museum – An Historian’s Feast

Situated across the street from the Temple of Literature, the Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts showcases exhibits from every historical period in Vietnam. It is the second-largest museum in the country and is dedicated to the arts. Located at No.66 Nguyen Thái Học Street, the building too is of immense historical significance and value. It was an abandoned Catholic girl’s boarding house that was built in 1937, and now houses a truly astounding collection of artefacts that pay tribute to the country’s past. The Fine Arts Museum is one that is held of utmost prominence in the society since it promotes and retains cultural value for the people who both remember living through certain chapters of Vietnam’s history and for those who want to know more about this unique land.

In the museum, one will discover a vast collection of artefacts that provides a deep understanding of the historical and culture import of most ethnic groups that call the nation home. It has on display various lacquers, ceramics and paintings that were created by post-war artists, and the museum even hosts items that date back to pre-historic and feudal times. The interior of the museum is an amazing sight to behold, as there are entire rooms devoted to the Vietnamese style of silk paintings, woodblock and folk art. Most of the arts capture the essences of war impacting the assorted tiers of society such as the army brotherhood, peasants and the working class.

Check out the top floors, as they are dedicated to the prehistoric artefacts and Buddhist sculptures. A main attraction is the 11th century goddess of mercy, Quan Yin, so be sure not to miss out on this fascinating piece that awes all who behold it. Among these are many other pieces of interest that should be explored, as even the smallest artefact sometimes holds a large piece of history, so be prepared to spend a few hours browsing through these fascinating national treasures. What is unique about this location, the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum, is that if you see something you like, be sure to inquire, because some of these items, especially the paintings are up for sale and who knows, you may be in luck.

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Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and hopes to visit them all someday. Google+

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