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Pot Impressions, A Journey through Vietnam

Pot impressions, a journey through Vietnam by Kurt Wartenberg

Hanoi is the oldest still existing capital of sout-east Asia. Its founding year 1010 is documented.

1 Hanoi, History Museum

A visit to the History Museum is worthwile just to see the building and some impressive rooms. Inside there are Cham-culture statues from the  7th -11th century., the Buddha statues from the end of the 18th century and beautiful ceramics from the 14th -15th und 17th -18th century worth seeing.


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2 Hanoi, History Museum

These pots are very old.


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3 Hanoi, forecourt at the Ho Chi Min mausoleum

The mausoleum of the former revolutionist and president Ho Chi Minh is one of the most important  objects of interest of the capital. It was built in the middle of Hanoi.


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4 Hue, the old imperial city

Hue, the old imperial city, is located in the center of Vietnam at the perfume river and was the capital of Vietnam in the early 19th century.

Hue is also a spiritual place. The buddhist heart of Vietnam beats here, in 300 temples and pagoda. Poetry and melancholy.


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5 Hue,  Museum  Chan Da Nang

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6 Hue,  cloister  Thien Hau

 

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7 Temple in  Hoi An

Hoi An is a charming, quiet historic seaport at the South-Chinese sea in central Vietnam with approximately 70.000 inhabitants, located about 30 km from Danang. The old town of Hoi An was declared UNESCO World Heritags Site in 1999.

The historic center of Hoi An in central Vietnam is surrounded by rice fields on the banks of the Thu-Bon river, which connects it with the nearby sea. The provincial town used to be a station of the „silk road of the sea“, its origins go back more than 2000 years.


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8 Burial Site  Tu Duc

1847 to 1883 Tu Duc reigned Vietnam, the fourth emperor of the Nguyen-dynasty. In his lifetime this burial site was constructed on his behalf in three years time. It belongs to the most gigantic burial sites of the Nguyen-emperors.

The burial site was built amid hills, pine woods, islands and lakes. It extends over an area of 12 acres and has about 50 buildings full of architectural elements.

The real mausoleum, surrounded by a wall, is hidden behind a pavillion of steles and an ancestor's temple in honour of the emperor and the empress.

Tu Duc was the emperor with the longest regency and he lead a life of luxury.


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9 Temple in Hai Phong

Hai Phong is located about 100 km south-east of  Hanoi, the capital of the state, in the delta of the red river at a northern distributory called  c?a C?m (forbidden gate),


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Special thanks to Kurt Wartenberg for providing this article.

Translation: Heike van Gunst

 


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