COLLAB POST | Discovering the Artistic Side of Vietnam

Saturday, November 09, 2019

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While Vietnam is already a big name in Asian resort holidays, many travelers don't realize just how many beautiful cultural landmarks and traditions the country is home to. Here are five unforgettable sights which perfectly encapsulate the artistry and heritage of Vietnam.

 

TEMPLES OF ANGKOR


Cambodia Angkor Vietnam

Technically in Cambodia, but easily accessed from Vietnam, are the beautiful and famous temples of Angkor. These world-renowned Hindu temples are one of the most impressive existing examples of the strength and beauty of spiritual faith. Ancient Cambodian kings each strove to build bigger, more impressive temples, which led to the completion of the site's star attraction, Angkor Wat—the largest religious building in the whole world. The temples at Angkor are simply an unmissable sight.

 

RICE FIEDS OF HOANG SU PHI


Hoang Su Phi Rice Fields

Rice fields might not sound like they should be near the top of your must-see list, but this natural gem is breathtaking, especially during harvest season in late summer and early autumn. These terraced fields stretch on for over 3000 hectares which, when seen from afar, create a unique scene of endless yellow and green carpets across the land. The site is a popular pilgrimage for nature photographers, who clamor to take a shot of Hoang Su Phi.

 

CONFUCIAN TEMPLE OF LITERATURE


Confucian Temple Of Literature

The Confucian Temple of Literature in Hanoi is one of Vietnam's oldest and most beautiful historic sites. It was built in 1070 and dedicated to the ancient Eastern philosopher Confucius and his followers, and today this amazingly preserved temple is one of the finest examples of traditional Japanese architecture still in existence. The temple is also home to five courtyards, two of which feature beautifully landscaped gardens in an eye-catching traditional Eastern style. There's also a large pond known as the Well of Heavenly Clarity, as well as an incredible statue of Confucius. All in all, a trip to the Confucian Temple of Literature is one of the best cultural days out to be had in Vietnam.

 

THE GOLDEN BRIDGE OF DA NANG


Golden Bridge Vietnam

Not all artistry was created hundreds of years ago. The Golden Bridge is an example of the quality of Vietnam's contemporary design, and it’s already been lauded 'the coolest bridge ever' by the Huffington Post. The footbridge is nearly 500 feet long and sits over 3,200 feet above sea level—and it's supported by two giant concrete hands which reach skywards. This one-of-a-kind bridge is a popular spot for selfies and wedding photographs, and it's also just a great starting place for a stroll through the Ba Na Hills near Da Nang, where it's situated.

 

ANCIENT CITY OF HOI AN


Hoi An Vietnam

Hoi An is a UNESCO listed site and one of the best-preserved historic towns in Vietnam. Fans of city breaks will love strolling around this ancient riverside town, sampling the fresh local food, and admiring the mustard-yellow merchants' houses which line the river. There is so much to do: visitors can head to the nearest beach at Cửa Đại, walk around the temples and traverse the covered bridge in the town.

~ ARTICLE CONTRIBUTED BY AARON KING

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