In order to preserve and promote the values of cultural heritage, to improve the quality of tourism products of Temple of Literature – Quoc Tu Giam relics, the Center for Scientific and Cultural Activities of Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam offers a sideline contest called “Designing souvenirs about the Temple of Literature – Quoc Tu Giam”.

The poster of the sideline contest themed Temple of Literature – Quoc Tu Giam of Designed by Vietnam 2021. 

Submissions are the souvenir and gift designs that symbolize Temple of Literature – Quoc Tu Giam relics. They should have creative and artistic values and be made of environmentally friendly and highly applicable materials.

The results of the contest will later be mass-produced by the Center for Scientific and Cultural Activities Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam and the Organizing Committee of Vietnam Design Week.

Designers can submit up to five entries in the form of sketches and photographs. Entries must be original and have not yet participated in any creativity and design competitions.

Designers can also send entries directly to the email until August 31, 2021.

Following the success of the Design by Vietnam contest held for the first time in 2020, this year contest with the theme ‘Awakening Traditions’ will focus on five areas of ‘Communication Design’, ‘Living design’, ‘Decor & Object design’, ‘Clothing design’ and ‘Public design’.

The Temple of Literature – Quoc Tu Giam relics. Photo: Pich Suy

“Designers, whether Vietnamese or foreigners residing in Vietnam, while being inspired, searching, exploiting and applying the elements and characteristics of culture – history – ancient crafts or local materials, stories of the past and present, modern urban rhythms or emotions from nature, and then breathe them into new creative products, are all ‘Designed by Vietnam’,” according to the organizing committee of the contest.

The Jury Board will choose 20 designs for further completion for the final round taking place within the framework of Vietnam Design Week 2021 to be held in Hanoi, Hue, and Ho Chi Minh City from November 15 -21.

There will be 11 prizes, with a value from VND10,000 (US$430) to VND50,000,000 ($2.185) to be awarded at the Designed by Vietnam 2021 contest.

Twenty designs selected for the final round will be published for online voting at from October 15 to November 15.