Many visitors arrive in Hanoi excited to check out the Ceramic Mosaic Mural which was recognized in 2010 by Guinness World Records as the largest ceramic mural in the world at that time. Yes, it’s a great tour stop and one could spend hours strolling, inspecting, and photographing this 4 mile work of art. But I’m never one to focus my time on the “popular” spots! I took this opportunity to explore a lesser known but (to me) more beautiful work of art…and I’m glad I did.
The murals are located along a ~200m stretch of Phùng Hung Street under the railway which leads to the Long Bien Bridge. There are 19 paintings designed to celebrate the culture and spirit of 1000 years of history in Hanoi. But this is not just a historical exhibit. The murals include interactive and 3D paintings which delight visitors and invite them to become a part of the art. Some are truly incredible!
Some depict scenes of daily life in Old Hanoi…
The Master Caligrapher at Work usually draws quite a crowd!
Many of the murals invite viewers to interact and become a part of the scene.
The murals are not limited to just paintings – they are multimedia art.
This beautiful 3D cutout mural uses a technique called trompe-l’oeil.
And of course, the railway art project would not be complete without a depiction of the bridge to which it leads!
Photos don’t really do it justice, but I really enjoyed this experience. My only regret is not spending more time “interacting” with the murals! Add it to the list for next time. 🙂
The team had a successful experience in Hoa Binh, assisting Mr Hoan to build the house he’s always dreamed of owning.
While poverty has fallen in Vietnam in recent years, many ethnic minorities and those living in rural areas remain poor. Urban poverty is also a challenge, as towns and cities swell with the influx of people drawn by economic opportunities.
About a quarter of the country’s housing stock is substandard or temporary. Many homes in Vietnam were built informally and without adequate supporting infrastructure. But with a quarter of the population poor or nearly poor, many cannot afford to repair their house. Additionally, poor groundwater quality makes access to clean water and sanitation another challenge.
Habitat for Humanity Vietnam, established in 2001, specializes in the implementation of sustainable, community-based shelter and water and sanitation solutions. It has experience in rehabilitating and repairing properties damaged natural disasters and by the severe weather that frequently strikes the country’s long coastline. Habitat also works with microfinance networks so families can save and access credit for home improvements, a speedy way to help thousands of families improve their sanitation and housing.
Global Village is Habitat for Humanity’s international volunteer program. Teams travel to over 40 countries to work alongside communities, build housing solutions, and experience local culture. Our goal is to change the lives of the people we serve, as well as the lives of the volunteers. To join a team or learn more, visit www.habitat.org/gv.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 1,300 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.
Exploring and learning while enjoying life and doing my part. Here, there and everywhere…