Increasing Popularity of Vietnamese Culture Through Miniatures

Vietnamese culture has been nudged closer to domestic and foreign friends through life-like palm-sized miniatures of groceries, food carts, local dishes, barber shops, and even iconic tourist attractions made by young people around the country.

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Nguyen Phuc Duc has captured the essence of Saigon through his intricate wooden scale models, depicting the city’s iconic shops, vendors, barber shops, and theaters. Founding The Gioi Ti Hon (Tiny World) in September 2014, Duc’s creations exemplify his passion and dedication. He aspires for his artwork to resonate with Saigon enthusiasts and serve as a tourism product that showcases Vietnamese culture worldwide.

An exploration of The Gioi Ti Hon is a nostalgic journey through old Saigon, but the artist also plans to expand his collection to include miniature versions of other notable places in Vietnam.

This particular sculpture is the Golden Bridge, a renowned tourist destination in Da Nang, meticulously crafted by Nguyen Van Binh, the owner of Conimi. Such wooden masterpieces like this bridge require meticulousness, creativity, and patience to complete. These miniature representations bring Da Nang closer to locals and foreign visitors, and are highly regarded as tourism products of the city.

Unlike Duc and Binh, Nguyen Thi Ha An, a 28-year-old from Hanoi, contributes to the promotion of Vietnamese culture through her creation of coin-sized dishes. After witnessing foreigners’ adoration for Vietnamese cuisine, An started making miniature dishes two years ago. Crafting each clay model takes An and her team between five and seven days, requiring detailed research of the materials used in each “dish”. An plans to expand her collection to include miniature versions of Vietnamese beverages, costumes, and ancient house interiors in order to present Vietnamese culture to the world.

Source: VNA