Hà Nội's Ethnology Museum

Ba Na Communal house with more than half the height being taken by the steep thatched roof. This is a Ba Na Communal House standing about 90 feet high (27 metres) found in Kon Tum Province, central Vietnam. It was built in the grounds of the museum with the help of the German government Hà Nội, as befits Vietnam's capital, has the most splendid museum dedicated to the life and crafts of the nation's people. Smaller artefacts are housed inside the main building, while in the grounds a whole spectrum of Vietnamese vernacular housing has been reconstructed - often by people from the communities that live in these houses. Some examples from around Vietnam are found on other pages of this site and are linked to the pictures below. The museum was designed by Hà Đức Linh and opened in 1997; assistance was given by France to the venture. The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology Go to another site. offers a rich and detailed snapshot of Vietnam's ethnic variance, from tea cups to communal meeting houses - like the one to the left. This variety is summarised in the map of linguistic diversity just below. The exhibits are often simple and strikingly beautiful allowing the museum to act as a most excellent introduction to Vietnam. Ridge decoration on the roof of the Ba Na house. The decoration along the roof of the Ba Na house Path and steps between lawns. The pleasant grounds laid out between the reconstructed buildings, some of which are shown below Photo looking upwards inside the Ba Na house. Looking up inside the roof of the Ba Na house - constructed by Kon Tum villagers Linguistic areas of Vietnam. Map of the linguistic groupings found in Vietnam
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Thatched 80 metre long house on short stilts. This beautiful example of a Long House - some 80 metres in length - comes from Buôn Ma Thuột in Đắc Lắc Province. The far end of this one, and other contemporary local examples, can be seen towards the bottom of the page on Đà Lạt Country Go to another page. Courtyard of houses with tiled roofs. Courtyard of tiled houses Two thatched adobe houses. Above are examples of Hà Nhì adobe houses from the north-west of the country. These houses are built from the clay in the ground around them. The building of such a house can be seen on the page about the road to Lũng Cú Go to another page. 46 seater canoe under roof. Forty-six seater racing canoe from Khmer people in Kiên Giang Province. To an Indian version Go to another page. Bamboo pipes taking water from stream to pounders. Bamboo water pipes conducting water to corn pounders. Water weighs down a beam; when up the water falls out; the hammer head drops and hits the corn in the bin Corn pounder with hammer in the bin. Pounder - hammer down Pounder being worked by mountain stream - hard to see. A working example in the north, hammer (towards the left) up End roof formation of a Thai style thatched house. Thatched Thai style house. The framework of similar eves can be seen on the page on our Cafe Roof Go to another page. A house on stilts constructed of bamboos. Another form of roofing and walls. The roof is constructed of bamboo poles split lengthwise and strapped down with cross bamboos. The walls are made of woven bamboo matting A house with large shingles on roof and walls. And another way of building houses. Thin sheets of wood forming shingles on the roof and walls Black and white butterfly on stones. Although buckled the alternating pattern can be seen in these shingles - one on top, then one underneath Hay stack next to a thatched roof. These Hay Stacks are common throughout the corn growing parts of the country. One in the wild one can be seen on the next page Go to another page. Triangular section building with perimiter wall on which are naked human figures. Unlike the other buildings on this page this one features regularly on the internet. It is a reconstructed Gia Rai Tomb House, an ethnic group of the central Highlands. Burials are communal in the mother's burial house - but the interest is less about the matrilineal system and more about the carvings that guard the house... Naked man and woman standing near one another, he holding an exagerated errection and looking backwards. ...such as this man looking askance Two models of houses. A model of the Kon Tum house inside the museum Woven lidded carrying basket. Basket work is a major Vietnamese craft Vertical back basket with lid. Another back-basket style. See below the house building images Go to another page. for more Ceramic water/alcohol flask. Inside the main museum building, well displayed objects from every corner of Vietnam are gathered. Above a water or alcohol container Carved model boat and carving tools. Dragon Boat carving and carver's tools from Huế dated 1923 Two students trying to walk on a pole held at one end by a rope, two watchers. Interactive material in the grounds - visitors can try walking a pole suspended on a rope at one end. A similar challenge was posed in the canoe races on the Lake in Đà Lạt Go to another page. Cabinet display of casting equipment. Bronze casting equipment - a craft dating back over two thousand years in Vietnam to a time when the Đông Sơn culture produced large bronze drums. Display of teapots and cups. Pottery is a major craft throughout the country. A special interest to visitors are the pottery villages such as Bát Tràng just outside Hà Nội, where the whole community is devoted to the one trade providing a huge range of choice within a few yards walk Hawker on bicycle with many baskets amongst traffic in Ha Noi. And back to basketry. This hawker was often seen around Hoàn Kiếm Lake with his laden cycle of baskets Bicycle disappearing under enormous load of woven creels. The museum features a famous image of a cycle - just visible under these woven creels View of lake at town end. In the museum's foyer people wait. Kindly adding to this visitor's collection of ethnic experiences by demonstrating a variety of typical poses in one shot Trailers... Horseshoe terraces with a karst background. The next page returns to northern Vietnam and more pictures from the delightful province of Cao Bằng. Spiders web. The next page of the Mosaic Section is headed 'Vicissitudes'.
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Saturday 12th October 2019 Murphy on duty

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