Thanh Chuong's Viet Palace

Located on Soc Son mountainous area, outside of the Hanoi capital city, Thanh Chuong’s Viet palace is considered a valuable museum with the special architectural style of Vietnamese folklore. This 8,000 meters’ square site belongs to the famous painter Thanh Chuong and it was built from 2001 to 2003 to show the essence of the cultural and spiritual heritage of the Vietnamese people.

Thanh Chuong Viet Palace

The palace owns 25 cultural works which are in the great combination of architecture, art, sculpture, religion, and food. Although the works are quite simple and closed to Vietnamese people, they are still very sophisticated and all of them have the same purpose of telling the impressive story of Vietnam’s cultural history. Some belief works featuring our nation’s unique spiritual life can be named as are Thien altar, stone altar, Son Tinh, Pho Hien Bodhisattva statue, and Ngua temple. In the effort of protecting and preserving the essence of these important constructions, the manager of the palace has sourced lots of relics from other provinces covering the country’s 54 ethnic groups, such as a 500-year-old stone bridge and some local stilt houses. Furthermore, Thanh Chuong’s Viet Palace is not only a beautiful stage for performing some kinds of cultural and art heritages including ceremonial song, “Hau Dong”, strolling blind music, the traditional operetta, “Chau Van”, quan ho folk song, water puppetry… but also a natural museum displaying the priceless collections of rare antiques originated from the old dynasties of Dinh, Ly, Tran, Le and famous paintings of Thanh Chuong and other Vietnamese well-known artists.

Thanh Chuong Viet Palace, Hanoi

Built to share with the world Vietnam’s essence of the cultural and spiritual heritage of the nation’s people, tourists can explore different rooms that contain iconic Vietnamese items such as statues, newspaper paintings, photos of important people, and different types of traditional handicraft. The place’s location is very serene so besides doing the sightseeing around the beautiful complex, it allows you to relax in the silent atmosphere and enjoy the fresh air. Additionally, you can also enjoy folk music performances within the site’s area.

The site is located just around 1-hour driving or 1.5-hour motorbike riding from Hanoi. If you want to find a tranquil and interesting place to get out of the busy daily life of the city, Thanh Chuong’s Viet Palace is a perfect destination of both a natural history museum and a spiritual place. Other nearby sites that can be ideal to visit besides the palace are Giong temple and Co Loa citadel.

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