The sculptor and painter Vu Dung in Hanoi is bustling with activities in the weeks leading up to traditional Tet festival.

Vu Dung’s works are primarily inspired by the dragon images from the Ly Dynasty era.

There is a wide variety of designs available to meet customers’ Tet needs.

Each finished work goes through multiple stages of production, including painting, honing, gilding, and polishing.

The gold-plating process is performed exclusively by highly skilled artisans.

The creation of these pieces requires meticulous workmanship.

A gold-plated dragon figurine can cost anywhere from VND3 million to VND20 million.

During the New Year period, displaying a zodiac symbol is believed to bring luck and happiness to the owner.