A walk in the museum park and garden

Last update at 09/16/2011 02:02. By Hanoi Local Guide.
A walk in the museum park and garden

A walk in the museum park and garden
By Hanoi Local Guide


In the sun, in the shade of the trees, smelling the scents of flowers, walk in the park, and discover the habitat of some of the many ethnic groups of Vietnam; most displays are houses, and inside is furniture, household and even there are people practising traditional handcrafting. It looks a bit artificial, but remember, it is a museum! The houses in the park are mainly from ethnic minorities of Vietnam, most of them from the mountain areas of the North.
There are 75 ethnic groups in Vietnam, belonging to eight main ethno linguistic groups:
The majority: the Viet Muongs
Thai group, Mon-Khmer group, Hmong Dao group, Kadai group, Austronesian group (relatives of Papu or Australian aborigines), Chinese Han group and Tibeto-Burmese group. Not all 75 groups are represented, but there are examples of diversity.

One of the most impressive displays is the Bahnar communal house (previous tip), but many other deserve a visit; there is an incredible diversity in the minorities , and this diversity is displayed by the different architectural styles.
I found the Jörai from Gia Lai grave (main picture), moving, with the naïve representation of people and souls (these are not zombies!) who escort the dead to his last resting place. . . . . .

The Ede (Austraunesian) long house is quite impressive, and I imagine communities living in there; many artefacts are displayed in the houses, and the decoration inside, is also very exotic (Ede long house);
You can also look at handcrafting presentations, like here, in the Kinh (Viet Muong) house. I show also a Hmong house, a very tiny house, from an ethnic minority living in the northern mountains, suffering repression in Vietnam and Laos.

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