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Vietnamese art: traditional, political and kitsch

by Andy / FarAndFurther-team

I have picked some of my most interesting photos of Vietnamese art for this series. Vietnam has its unique style of art, using strong colors and somewhat kitschy motifs at times. Political art in the form of posters and statues shows a strong socialist realism influence due to the close ties Vietnam used to have with Soviet Union.

Buddhist statue

A Buddhist statue, Vietnamese style.

Another Buddhist statue

Statue of Buddha

This statue of Buddha can be found on top of the Marble Mountain
half way between My Khe Beach (aka China Beach) and Hoi An .

Porcelain temple

This temple close to Dalat in the Vietnamese highlands is decorated with broken porcelain, old bottles etc. When there is a will there is a way...

Inside Vietnamese temple

The inside of the temple is lavishly decorated. It is surprising that Vietnamese artists
and artisans have achieved such beauty with broken stuff as their material.

Statue made of porcelain

This close-up of a dragon clearly shows the use of porcelain pieces.

Kitschy statues in Dalat

Valley of Love in Dalat. The statues have been cast in cement and brightly painted.

More kitch in Dalat

The Vietnamese obviously love this sort of art. We find it a bit surreal.


Traditional Buddhist statues done in a rather kitschy manner.

Dalat cowboys

In Dalat it is possible to have your photo taken as settlers in
the old West. Naturally we wanted to have a go as well...

Stuffed monkeys

Stuffed monkeys in a "funny" pose. How could this possibly be any kitschier?

X party congress

Welcome to the X Party Congress. The style of Vietnamese political
posters certainly has its roots in Soviet Russian socialist realism.

Tenth party congress

Another example... The man in the poster is probably Uncle Ho himself.

Victory day poster

Victory day poster in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).

Statue of war heroes

This series wouldn't be complete without at least one statue of
Vietnamese war heroes.

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Hanoi Hanoi - Charming capital of Vietnam Hue Hue - Imperial City in Central Vietnam

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