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Minh Thúy, Muse of 'Em Thúy' by Famed Painter Trần Văn Cẩn, Passes Away

Even though both the painting’s creator and muse have left us behind, a part of their life will live on with us in an important relic of Vietnam’s 20th century history.

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A Merry Morning Over the Fish Markets and Salt Fields of Phan Rang

I live in Đà Lạt, so the most direct route to the coast brings me to Phan Rang, which is where I often go for the beach and seafood.   

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Traces of Movement, Memory and Heritage in Duo Exhibition 'Entrusting to Emptiness'

An exhibition that brings the audience through the transition between day and night, and movements between dream and memories. There is no beginning and no end, and all elements above somehow reflect the cycle of our existence.

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In 'Vietnam Retropunk,' a Young Illustrator Dreams of a Cyberpunk Hanoi

To Đặng Thái Tuấn, the talent behind illustration project “Vietnam Retropunk,” whimsical depictions of robots and animatronics sprouting out from everyday objects and activities embody the space in between the ancient and the futuristic.

Paul Christiansen

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Easybadwork's Free Spirits Are Rooted in Nature and the Underground

A sparrow swooping across a special-edition can of Coca-Cola, the illustrations featured in the artworks of Ngọt's Grammy...

Khôi Phạm

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The 1st Vietnamese Song With 1bn Views on YouTube Is About Ducks

It’s not Hoàng Thùy Linh’s catchy dance track ‘See Tình’ or the crossover Mekong Delta hit ‘Con gái miền Tây,’ the first Vietnamese song to amass one billion — or bill-ion, if you will — on YouTube is a children’s song about ducks.

Paul Christiansen

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Get to Know the Dynamic Local Art Scene Alongside 'Saigon Art Journey'

“This is not a tour, remove that word from your minds. This is an interacting and exploring journey,” explained Angeline Gong, an experienced art host known by Saigon’s artists and galleries as Z-Gong.

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[Photos] VietJet Co-Pilots Get Married, Take Tarmac Wedding Photos

VietJet pilots Dang Tien Cuong and Nguyen Phuong Anh are probably the only couple to have snapped their wedding photos on the tarmac at Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

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[Video] Hanoian Vendors Get Fit With Market Aerobics

No one loves an office job. Sure, there are perks – the air-conditioning, the peaceful environment, the free corporate stuff – but at one point or another, every pencil-pusher has wished for a more ac...

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New Rules Prohibit Swearing, Fighting or Loud Noise in Local Apartments: Ministry

If you feel the need to tell off your neighbor, let loose by turning your speakers up to 11 or just want to start an innocent fight club in your apartment, you better get to work, as none of these wil...

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[Video] A Modern-Day Homage to 'Sai Gon Dep Lam'

First released around 1965, “Sai Gon Dep Lam” became an instant classic the moment it hit the airwaves. The iconic song is now considered a musical embodiment of old Saigon and has spawned dozens...

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Urban Distortions: Contemporary Dance Comes to Saigon

It's mid-morning on a hot, humid Sunday in Saigon's Botanical Gardens, and the audience in front of the main stage represents an eclectic cross-section of Vietnamese society. Parents field phone conve...

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[Video] Saigon Hyperlapse Takes You Through D1's Chaos in Under 3 Minutes

Saigon already runs at hyperspeed. From sunup to sundown, ours is a city constantly on the move.

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Saigon Makeover Calls on Local Residents to Re-Imagine Their City

Global Shapers HCMC's Saigon Makeover competition is back and accepting innovative submissions from local designers until April 23.

Michael Tatarski

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teamLab Unveils Digital Artwork in Singapore, Vietnam Next?

For many people, particularly from younger generations, art museums can seem a little stale. When there are so many digital entertainment outlets, standing in a room and silently contemplating a paint...

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Film Adaptation of 'Miss Saigon' May Be Directed by Oscar Winner Danny Boyle

Academy Award winner Danny Boyle, the director behind Slumdog Millionaire and Steve Jobs, is allegedly in talks to direct the film adaptation of famed 1991 musical Miss Saigon.

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The Twilight of Saigon’s Cyclo Drivers

Among Bui Vien's assortment of xe ôm drivers and street food vendors, Bible-toting religious enthusiasts and other colorful personalities, 66-year-old Mr. Nghia stands out for his kind eyes and walrus...

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[Photos] Exploring Saigon’s Sun-Deprived Hẻms

Saigon is full of interesting, undiscovered places. While many people have explored the alleys in their own neighborhoods, few are willing to brave the narrow, crumbling side roads that look a little ...

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Q&A: Thai Artist Bends Reality With Kaleidoscopic Saigon Photo Collage

Saigon is the latest city to join the urban landscape photo collage series by Thai artist and graphic designer Pariwat A-nantachina, also known as Big. With drastic perspective compositions, rich deta...

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A Tribe of Survivors: The Ethereal Jewelry of La Fiancée du Facteur

The new collection by Saigon-based jewelry designer La Fiancée du Facteur is an ode to human strength where the mystical and the mythological merge in wearable original art pieces.

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Drawing Saigon: How One Artist Is Preserving the Downtown Skyline

Tawny brown, a few inches thick and secured with a cord, the leather binder lands on the bar with a thud. Midday sun beams into the pop-up whisky library atop Centec Tower, a room that could pass for ...

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Local Designer Preserves Retro Saigon Font

Pass by any old building in the city and you're bound to stumble upon at least a few vintage typefaces from decades past. Saigon's old-school signage is a work of art in its own right, with everything...

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Vietnamese Festival Criticized for Penis Plagiarism

This year, residents of Lang Son province celebrated their annual Na Nhem Festival with all the standard accoutrements of a countryside celebration: musical activities, games and a giant pink penis ma...

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[Video] 100 Years of Vietnamese Fashion in 1 Minute

If you've ever spent any time wasting your life away on YouTube, you may have come across the “100 Years of Beauty” series, which documents the fashion and beauty trends of a particular culture t...

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March Movies at Saigon’s Alternative Film Venues

Transporting a novel or news story from the page to the big screen does not always have to be disastrous, as Carol,Room, High Fidelity andSpotlighthave demonstrated. Saigon's March film program shows ...

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[Photos] Vietnamese Students Edit Their Textbooks With Hilarious Results

Normally reserved for the creative and perpetually bored, the art of doodling in textbooks has been around for as long as students have been forced to read dry, painfully dull tomes on their least fav...

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Wowy Goes LIVE!: Saigon Rapper Aims to Raise 50k for New Show

There are a few things you should know about Wowy.