Architecture In Vietnam: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

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Architecture in Vietnam shows a diversity in the style in which buildings are designed and constructed depending upon culture and the wealth of the time. Above, the Indochina French Administration building would be equally at home in France as it is in Hanoi.

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Whilst on the banks of the Mekong thatch shanties on stilts are the architecture that is found.

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The Romanesque architecture of the Saigon Notre Dame Basilica again shows a French Heritage. Indeed all the building materials required for the construction of the church were exported from France. Yes, all those little bricks came from France.

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In its interior which can house a congregation of 1200, their are 12 pillars representing the apostles whilst the 52 stained glass windows depict stories from the bible. The windows are no longer the original ones due to breakages during the conflict.

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Thatched huts with woven walls, also built on stilts are the homes of the Degar peoples in the Central highlands of Vietnam.

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These buildings have incomplete flooring allowing for draughts to rise cooling the house and giving shade and shelter to pigs and chickens which live underneath.

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Looking at the construction of a modern Vietnamese house I would not feel confident in its stability. They are usually very narrow, detached housing of three stories high. This will accomodate one family group. The youngest live on the upper level whilst their parents on the middle level. On the lower level are the grandparents. This arrangement is so the elderly do not have to negotiate stairs.

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Wrought iron is often a feature and floors are tiles.

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In the Vietnamese museum of ethnology are wonderful examples of ethnic tribal buildings.

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The Tortoise tower of Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi was built by a Vietnamese businessman with the French Colonial Government permission to honour Le Loi who founded the Le Dynasty. It is a symbol of peace, harmony and patriotism.

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The  Tam Thai Pagoda in the marble hillside of Da Nang. Its architecture follows the shape of the Chinese character meaning “king” which was typical of the architectural style of temples and pagodas under the Nguyen Dynasty.

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In Hoi An the Japanese quarter shows yet another architectural style.

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Vietnam, a land of contrasting architecure where often the old is sandwiched between the more recent.

In response to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. Commenced a masters by research in 2014.
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14 Responses to Architecture In Vietnam: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

  1. OmkarTheGreat says:

    This is something i noticed as well. There is always the clash of Asian and European influence. Check out my blog piece on Vietnam if you’re interested. I talk about how I built a house with my school in the village of Mai Chau (North).

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  2. I love your travel tours, Irene. This view of Vietnam is rich with images of a diverse country. It’s easy to see the personality split between Western and Eastern cultures, between wealth and poverty. I’ve learned not to try to choose a favorite of your pictures.
    Have you visited Vietnam more than once? You must have toured a lot of the country.

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  3. thegirlthatdreamsawake says:

    Beautiful and powerful images !

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  4. Cee Neuner says:

    There are so impressive and powerful buildings and photos here. Wonderful entry Irene. 😀

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  5. I was going to say this, but you did: contrasting architecture. Indeed. Beautiful shots. Love these tours. Thanks for sharing these, Irene.

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