The Museum of Ethnology, Hanoi

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    The museum of Ethnology.

    by cachaseiro Updated Nov 16, 2011

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    The museum of ethnology is around 8 kilometers from the city center in the Cau Giay district, but it´s really interesting and worth the detour.
    It´s dedicated to all the minority groups of Vietnam and shows you the diversity of the nation in a pretty interesting way.
    You have an indoor museum aswell as an outdoor section where you have several traditional minority houses build.
    Be ware that the museum is a big hit with vietnamese schools and it can quite often be packed with hundreds of chool kids who all want to say hello to you and shake your hand.
    Quite charming and funny, but also very noisy.

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    My favourite museum in Hanoi

    by Minstrelette Updated Jul 3, 2005

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    This museum really paints a great picture of the lives of the 54 ethnic groups. You can learn about their rituals (like funerals) and see their clothing and crafts. Outside, are the beautiful gardens with traditional housing styles. When I was there, I talked to some local children on a field trip. They were thrilled to practise their English and tell me more about their culture.

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    Understanding Vietnam

    by Brisvegaskid Updated Jan 3, 2007

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    The Museum of Ethnology is really worth a visit if you are interested in understanding the Vietnamese people. They are a collection of many many ethnic groups and their history of defending their independence as a nation, while preserving so much in these separate streams of ethnically diverse and rich culture - is pretty interesting. There's a lot of info on these tribal differences and on cultural aspects such as , traditional dress, weaving, conical hat making and funeral rituals.

    This Museum also provides a moving insight into the extreme hardship of the people in recent history and explains a lot about their resilience, ingenuity and enterprising capacity. This is a people who have suffered some terrible extremes and it's worth appreciating at least some of it, especially as it has been relatively recent (up to mid-70's).

    There are English translations so it's easy to follow.

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    Learn about different ethnic groups

    by albaaust Updated Sep 25, 2006

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    The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is well worth a visit because of the amount of visual and tactile information provided on the various ethnic groups that make up the country of Vietnam. The displays particularly, the houses of the different ethnic groups can be entered and explored at your leisure.

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    Seeing Diverse Culture - All in 1

    by munapong Written Aug 18, 2006

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    If you have the time, it is worthwhile visiting the museum of ethnology. It gives u an overview of the different ethnic groups living in Vietnam. There is also open air "houses" of some of these ethnic groups.

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    One of the best in Vietnam

    by Willettsworld Written May 15, 2010

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    This is one of the best museums in Vietnam, yet alone Hanoi but is somewhat inconveniently located in the western suburbs of the city. If you're interested in learning more about the 54 ethnic minorities populating Vietnam's hinterlands, make the jaunt out to this sprawling compound (go by cab or moto). Vietnam's different ethnic groups, their history, and customs are explained in photos, videos, and displays of clothing and daily implements. Be sure to check out Mr Pham Dang Uy's bicycle - loaded down with some 800 wooden and bamboo fish traps! Also check out a display on Christians including Father Christmas pushing a bicycle.

    But, the best part of this museum lies outside in its grounds as it's here you'll find some fine examples of minority group housing. These include the towering peak of a thatched Banhar communal home, an Ede longhouse, and other houses from the Cham, Viet, Hmong, Hanhi, Yao and Tay people. You can visit inside each one which are decked out with traditional implements used for cooking and such like. A wonderful museum that shouldn't be missed.

    Open: 8.30am-5.30pm every day except Mondays. Admission: 25,000 VND.

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    by TheAndos Written Mar 21, 2012

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    We decided to take the local bus rather than a taxi. Get hotel to write down name of museum in Vietnamese or go to the museum's website and click on Viet rather than English! It is totally different to English. Go to the square at the north end of Hoan Kiem Lake and get no 14 bus. Set fee of 3000 dong per person - conductor will take money and give you a ticket. Show him your destination so he can tell you when to get off.

    Takes about half an hour. You travel along narrow roads to the south of West Lake, then the bus does a left turn, followed almost immediately by a right turn into a wide boulevard. Stop is about 400m along. You then have to cross two lanes of traffice, cross median strip and cross two more lanes! Back track to the T junction and head south about 500m to the museum (on left). You can't miss it. Entry is 25,000.

    I enjoyed the description of the tribes that make up the country, and the displays of all the different costumes worn by them. Then out the back is a life sized display of different types of houses of many tribes in Vietnam.

    There is also a cafe with reasonable meals which supports disadvantaged youth.

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    unmissable Museum of Ethnology

    by pinoygypsy Updated May 26, 2007

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    One of the best places I went to in Hanoi. I truly recommend this place. This museum is in an open area and will provide you an excellent glimpse of the different ethnic minorities of Vietnam. The ethnic houses are amazing and you'll quickly notice that each one is different from the other. It's very interesting! The museum also features arts, objects and rituals of Vietnam. Entry to the museum costs VDN20,000. It took me about 2-3 hours to go around the museum.

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    Vietnam Museum of Ethology

    by Gili_S Written Sep 16, 2014

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    Visit the Vietnam Museum of Ethology where you can see and learn a lot about Vietnam as a nation and of its people, ethnics and minorities.
    At the time of my visit there was bonus exhibition by the photographer Jean-Marie Duchange of The Central Highlands of Vietnam in the 1950s. That was fascinating.

    Photo by Jean-Marie Duchange from exhibition
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    by Arjaree Updated Nov 12, 2004

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    This museum exhibits the traditional cultures of Vietnam's 54 ethnic groups. It preserves the unique cultural identities of every ethnic group which is considered a priority in a country that is experiencing rapid social and economic change on all fronts.

    Each section is organized neatly using varied presentational techniques (maps, photographs, showcases with objects, videos and reconstructions)

    This seems to be most interesting museum in Hanoi.

    Pictured here is a Vietnamese style of grave in the old days.

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    Hill tribes

    by dunearn20 Written Jul 27, 2004

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    Unfortuately it was raining that day so we did not visit the outdoor exhebition, but still worth going there. Very well done, even for non-ethnology-enthusiasts! ca. 70.000 Dong from city centre by cab each way.

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    Wonderful museum

    by AnnaCandy Written Aug 20, 2014

    Vietnam museum of ethnology is one of my favorite museum. It has 2 sections, trong dong house and outsie. This museum illustrate the artifact of 54 ethnic Vietnamese groups.
    To support the tourist, all the information on museum is translated into three language: vietnamese, English and France.
    If you have a child, should visit here.

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    Cham House

    by Willettsworld Written May 15, 2010

    After exiting the museum building, this is one of the first Ethnic house groups you'll come to in the museums grounds. Around 127,000 live in Vietnam's central regions and they form the core of the Muslim communities in both Cambodia and Vietnam.

    Open: 8.30am-5.30pm every day except Mondays. Admission: 25,000 VND.

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    Ngo Junk

    by Willettsworld Written May 15, 2010

    This junk of the Khmer people was brought from Tam Soc Temple in My Tu district to the museum in May 2008. It's 25m long with a maximum width of 1.37m and is made of sao wood. Ngo junks are used in races during the moon worshipping festival which is held annually on the 15th October. This junk has 26 pairs of oars for 52 rowers and won 14 out of 18 races.

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    Bahnar Communal House

    by Willettsworld Written May 15, 2010

    The star attraction of the Ethnic houses outside, the towering peak of a thatched Banhar communal home is some 19 metres high and was built in 2003 by 42 villagers from Kon Rbang village min the Central Highlands. According to the Bahnar, a communal house is the symbol of skill, strength of the villagers, especially the power of men.

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    Apr 23, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    The Museum of Ethnology:
    I think there are some information that you should know before getting there:
    - first, the ticket price has changed recently. And now it's 40,000 - 50,000 vnd.
    - second, there are a lot of intersting things outdoor, so don't just focus on the main house. Go out and enjoy the surrounding area.
    - last but not least, there are two most special occasions in this museum, namely Mid-autumn Festival in September(on 15th of August - Lunnar calendar, often held in 2-3 days ) and Tet holiday in around February (from 4 - 8th of January - Lunar calendar). During this time, many activities related to tradition are organized even in the evening. You can notice the suitable time to visit it.
    for more information, check this website: vme.org.vn/visitor_info_tick...

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