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[Photos] An Homage to the Colorful Characters of Hanoi

There you are, waiting on the edge of the sidewalk.

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[Video] A Very Vietnam Guide to Escaping Ghostly Exes and Your 'Forever Alone' Fate

This quirky Vietnamese short video, titled Secret Fate, explaining that ghosts are the cause for Vietnam's "forever alone" community has gone viral.

Khoi Pham

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How Dép Tổ Ong Goes From Timeless Family Keepsake to Millennial Icon

Back in 2014, amid the weekly cycle of news, a particular image was more striking than most: Doctor and Professor Ngo Bao Chau stood in the middle of a makeshift classroom in a rural village in Thai N...

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New Excavation Mission in Da Nang Yields Rare 1,000-Year-Old Cham Artifacts

Elephant, snake and bird statues, as well as pieces of a tower, are amongst the 1,000-year-old relics discovered during the third archaeological endeavor in the area. 

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In Hanoi, a Home for Vintage One-Piece Swimwear Slows Down Fast Fashion

Ellen Downes is on the hunt for bathing suits. She trawls the narrow alleys of the Old Quarter for vintage and second-hand shops, scours the aisles of the used market on Dong Tac Street, and hops off ...

Chris Humphrey

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[Photos] Wild Celebrations Follow Vietnam’s Quarter-Final Victory Against Syria

Last night, Vietnam beat Syria 1-0, taking them into the semi-finals of the Asian Games for the first time in history.

Chris Humphrey

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[Photos] Manga Costumes and Virtual Idols at Japanese Cosplay Festival

Last weekend, the Ichigo Ichie 2018 Japanese Culture Festival - Kamisama & Yokai, which took place at Hanoi Children's Cultural Center, brought gloriously eccentric cosplay characters to the capital.

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[Video] Dreamy Slow-Motion Clip Depicts Hanoians Embracing Life on a Rainy Day

Of the countless video montages shot in Vietnam, how many of them are worth a click? This dreamy, slow-motion clip of daily activities near Hoan Kiem Lake certainly is. 

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5,000 People to Take Part in a Street Festival in Hanoi This Weekend.

Themed ‘The Quintessence of Hanoi – Confluence and Shine,’ the street festival will take place around Hoan Kiem Lake between 8am and 11am on July 29.

Thi Nguyen

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Opinion: The Body Politics of World Cup Coverage in Vietnam

In late June, a popular subscription television channel caused controversy by featuring a bikini-clad female show host on a prediction segment aired before a men's FIFA World Cup match. Another televi...

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Hanoi Gets Inked: Expo Showcases Vietnam’s Tattoo Boom

When Link Do was a child in Hanoi, she learned English from an American woman with a tattoo on her hand. Link, who loved to draw, thought the tattoo was beautiful, and began to imagine a future as an ...

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Intellectual Debate Bridges Communities at Hanoi Philosophy Forum

The answers to life’s burning questions are often found in unlikely places. A cozy ‘birds’ nest’ café at the end of a crumbling alley fits that stereotype rather well. At 7.30 every Wednesday night, l...

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For Vietnam's Busy Buddhists, Spiritual Teaching Is Just a Click Away With Online Temples

Boon or bane: spiritual service delivered to your nearest digital device.

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[Photos] Skaters Descend on Ly Thai To Park for Annual ‘Go Skateboarding Day’

Go Skateboarding Day is an official annual holiday for skaters around the globe. The occasion is all about celebrating skateboarding communities and, at Ly Thai To Park last Thursday, more than 100 sk...

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[Video] Powerful, Atmospheric Short Film Explores the Lives of Hanoi’s Street Kids

Filmmaker Dan Sadgrove is known for making atmospheric short films about travel, culture and wildlife. In his latest, he explores the lives of street kids in Hanoi, and the support they receive from l...

Khoi Pham

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The Tale of the Coconut Skull Is a Perfect Balance of Weird, Heart and Family-Friendly Moral Lessons

Vietnamese folklore takes the old adage “beauty is only skin-deep” very seriously.

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In Saigon's Chinese Enclaves, Leaf-Wrapped Rice Dumplings Abound Every Midyear Festival

The fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar is a day of great importance in Chinese communities all over Asia.

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In Binh Duong, This Ficus-Motorbike Entanglement Is a Local 'Celebrity'

Who would have thought that neglect and general wear and tear could result in a wonderfully weird local attraction?

Chris Humphrey

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[Photos] In Tho Ha Village, Locals Work From Dawn to Create Rice Paper

A few hours after sunrise in the small village of Tho Ha, alleyways morph into picturesque tunnels of drying rice paper, while ladies toast crackers over fire in the streets. 

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The Evolution of Vietnamese Beauty Through Old Ads

Vintage cosmetic advertising and magazine covers depicting perceptions of Vietnamese beauty tell not only Saigon's, but Vietnam's feminine spirit in years gone by. Whether plain or in full color, each...