Located in Hanoi, Smarana Hanoi Heritage is the first and only hotel in Hanoi that recreates a bold space of ancient Thang Long with unique Hang Trong ( The Artist ) paintings. You will discovered preserved traditional folk paintings in this Museum … Must See In Vietnam Editor
Hang Trong folk paintings used to flourish in ancient Thang Long, especially in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This is the quintessential line of paintings showing the outstanding aesthetic taste and painting level of the artist. ancient land artists. Today, there are many Hang Trong paintings painted from the last century on display and auction in Europe.
Smarana Hanoi Heritage Hotel looks like a miniature museum with 50 Hang Trong paintings that evoke the charm of traditional Vietnamese folk arts.
It is situated in a small alley off Duy Tan Street in Cau Giay District.
Hang Trong folk painting, a genre of woodcut painting, originated in the city’s Old Quarter in the 16th century during the reign of the Le Dynasty, and used to be a part of Tet celebrations in Hanoi in the past.
The hotel looks like a museum with more than 50 hand-painted works by Le Dinh Nghien, considered Vietnam’s last Hang Trong artist.
Right at the entrance are four paintings of “To nu” (Virgin Girl) dating back several decades.
The paintings can be found in all spaces like check-in lobby, bar, stairs, elevator, cafeteria, skybar, and spa.
With modernization, the tradition of making Hang Trong paintings is lost and authentic works are found only in museums and art galleries.
The highlight of this painting is the word ‘Phuc’ (Happiness) combined with the Chinese Twenty-four Filial Exemplars, a classic text of Confucian filial piety written by Guo Jujing during the Yuan dynasty (1260–1368).
The two-meter-tall painting, hand-painted by Nghien within three months, is placed at the main door of the hotel.
Nghien introduces one of the Hang Trong paintings exhibited at the hotel to guests.
He is a third-generation craftsman from a family from Binh Vong village that settled down in Hang Trong Village.
Nghien began painting when he was 11 or 12 years old.
The hotel looks veritably like a museum of national culture.
Women employees wear a five-piece ao dai inspired by the beauty of ancient women in Hang Trong paintings.
The hotel rooms also take inspiration from Hang Trong paintings.
A night’s stay here costs from VND2.9 million ($121.41), according to online travel booking sites.
The bathroom is also sophisticatedly designed with red tiles from Bat Trang, a traditional craft village famous for its ceramic and pottery products.
The hotel has a restaurant and bar that allow an aerial views of the bustling capital.
By Nguyen Chi for E.VnExpress.net with a special touch of your Editor
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