Phung Hung fresco street in Hanoi

Created by Vietnamese and South Korean artists, Phung Hung Fresco Street in Hanoi has now become a magnet for young people and other visitors.

The Phung Hung fresco street project follows the successful projects of the Tam Thanh fresco village in Quang Nam province, the fresco village in Ly Son district, Quang Ngai province and another at the foot of the Cao Lanh bridge in Dong Thap.

The project, coordinated by the Hoan Kiem People’s Committee, the UN-Habitat and the Korea Foundation, was jointly conducted by South Korean and Vietnamese artists on 19 of the railway viaduct spans on Phung Hung Street. The murals depict a changing Hanoi while preserving traditional elements.

Finalising a mural on the street.

South Korean artist
Oh Ye Seulwith her work.

The murals help Hanoians recall a part of their past.

An general introduction of the murals.

Some unique images of murals on Phung fresco street.

An installation of old motorbike’s parts.


The fresco street lures a lot of foreign and national visitors.

Phung Hung is set to become a walking street connected with the old quarter area. It will be a tourist destination with cultural and cuisine products.

Under the project, contemporary art for the first time was introduced to the community in a public space. The works of art created a unique walking space that links the values of heritage, arts and community.

The project has inspired young people to take initiatives to preserve heritages while using a public space. The model of Phung Hung Fresco Street was presented at the ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9), held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Meant to capture the soul of a thousand years of culture and civilization of Hanoi, Phung Hung Fresco Street is not only a venue for taking photos, but also a unique space for painting and folk games.

By Cong Dat & Thanh Giang