Dragon Exhibition in Hanoi

"A Touch of Spring" is a cultural exchange program and dragon-themed painting exhibition that aims to uphold Hanoi's refined traditions during the Tet holiday.


The “Sacred Dragon” exhibition, showcasing 15 dragon paintings and seven Buddhist-themed paintings on Do (poonah) paper, is currently being displayed at the Nam Vien Phu (Vietnamese Garden Palace) Cultural Space in Chuong My District, on the outskirts of Hanoi.

Dragon paintings are on display at Nam Vien Phu. Photo: Healinglife Zen Academy

In oriental cultures, the dragon has always been a symbol of nobility, everlasting vitality, and cosmic power. Particularly, the Dragon holds great importance and is considered a sacred symbol in the spiritual life of the Vietnamese. As per popular belief, the zodiac sign ruling in 2024 serves as a creative inspiration for many artists, including painters Vo Hoang Minh and Nguyen Duc Thanh.

The sacred dragons have been beautifully and delicately portrayed on Do paper by Vo Hoang Minh in his artworks named “Two Dragons Adore the Moon”, “Pair of Dragons Bring Luck”, “Hidden White Dragon in the Clouds”, “Majestic Black Dragon”, and more.

On the other hand, artist Nguyen Duc Thanh’s two vibrant oil paintings, titled “Mighty Dragon” and “The Mythical Dragon Dominates Water”, showcase the glorious and colorful beauty of the mythical creature that only exists in legends.

A dragon-themed painting on Do paper by Vo Hoang Minh. Photo: Le Hoang/The Hanoi Times

The cultural event was attended by numerous Vietnamese cultural enthusiasts, including Ali Akbar Nazari, the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Vietnam, and his family. “My family and I are thrilled to be living in Vietnam, where everyone is humble, warm, and friendly,” he shared.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to learn about basic Zen and meditation practices from Master Le Thai Binh, the founder of Zen Vien Wellness Center and director of Healinglife Zen Academy. This will help them enhance mindfulness, emotional well-being, awareness, kindness, compassion, and sympathetic joy.

Nam Vien Phu, established by Master Le Thai Binh, serves as a place where local and international friends, as well as enthusiasts of Vietnamese culture and heritage, are warmly welcomed.

Dragons in an oil painting by painter Nguyen Duc Thanh at the exhibition. Photo: Le Hoang/The Hanoi Times