Hanoi’s Tempting Cultural Programs for Tourists on Tet

Hanoi is actively working towards offering a wider range of tourism experiences in order to entice more visitors to the capital during the 2024 Tet holiday.

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A series of cultural events will take place in Hanoi’s Old Quarter during the week-long Lunar New Year holiday. These events aim to recreate the traditional Tet atmosphere of the Red River Delta area. This information was shared by Dang Huong Giang, the Director of the Hanoi Tourism Department.

The tradition of planting the Neu (or Tet) pole is re-enacted in Hanoi. Photo: Hieu

One of the highlights is the painting exhibition entitled “Drawing the Dragons” which is currently on display at the Temple of Literature until February 20. After that, the exhibition will move to the Thang Long Imperial Citadel in Hanoi and will be available for viewing until February 25. Another program called “Tet Street 2024” is taking place at Phung Hung Mural Street until February 9. This program showcases Hanoi’s OCOP (One Commune One Product) and traditional products.

Throughout the entire month of February, various cultural spaces in Hanoi’s Old Quarter will feature traditional Tet activities. At Heritage House, located at 87 Ma May Street, visitors can experience the living space and Tet celebration of an old Hanoi family. Another program called “Vietnamese Tet – Old Quarter Tet 2024” is currently happening at Kim Ngan Temple, which is situated at 42-44 Hang Bac. This program includes rituals such as bidding farewell to the “Kitchen God” and traditional New Year’s Eve worshipping. Additionally, there will be performances and demonstrations showcasing the art of playing Daffodils, a traditional musical instrument of Hanoians.

The Tet atmosphere at Quan De Temple, located at 22 Hang Buom Street. Photo: Ky Nam

The Hanoi Old Quarter Culture Exchange Center, located at 50 Dao Duy Tu Street, is hosting a traditional Tet space from Vietnam’s northern delta. Visitors can enjoy dragon-themed paintings, ceramics, and traditional music performances by the Ancient Music Group of Tonkin. Meanwhile, the Culture and Arts Center at 22 Hang Buom Street is featuring Bat Trang dragon-themed ceramics and a Vietnamese calligraphy demonstration.

Additionally, there will be an exchange between flower artisans from Nhat Tan Flower Village (Hanoi) and Ngoc Lang Flower Village (Phu Yen Province). This exchange, titled “Spring Colors Convergence,” will be held at the Old Quarter Heritage Information Center, located at 28 Hang Buom Street. Another venue worth visiting is Dong Lac Temple, which is situated at 38 Hang Dao Street. This temple showcases Hanoi’s traditional culture and offers insights into “Tea – Tet Street & Daffodils.”

The vibrant atmosphere of Phung Hung Mural Street in Hanoi’s Old Quarter Area. Photo: Phuong Nam

A special event to look forward to is a drone performance that will take place before the fireworks on Lunar New Year’s Eve, which is on February 9. The performance will be held from approximately 23:00 to 23:30 at the Van Cao T-junction in West Lake, Hanoi. With the theme “A Capital’s Remarkable Day – Thousand Years of History,” this 11-episode drone performance is the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia. Using a combination of light and music, it will tell stories about the history of Hanoi.

Dang Huong Giang, the Director of the Hanoi Tourism Department, has stated that there are more tourism-related programs planned for the Lunar New Year of the Dragon. These programs include the “Hanoi Welcome 2024 Tourism Program” at Trinh Cong Son Walking Street, the “2024 Friendship Spring Tour Program” in Soc Son District, and the “Hanoi Tourism Festival” at Thong Nhat Park. Additionally, Hanoi will also host other major annual festivals such as the Huong Pagoda Festival, Soc Temple Festival, Co Loa Traditional Festival, Dong Da Festival, and Tan Vien Mount Festival.