09.00AM or 02.00PM: Our tour guide will welcome you at the hotel then heading to the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology (Optional to take the public bus No.14/ motobike-taxi or taxi to get there). Visitors are welcome to browse some of the vast research on offer at this public museum which is also a centre for ethnographic research. The museum focuses on the 54 officially recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam. It is widely considered to be the finest modern museum in Vietnam and a tourist attraction in Hanoi, opened to the public on since November 1997. The exhibition building was designed by the architect Ha Duc Linh, a member of the Tay ethnic group, in the shape of a Dong Son drum, and the interior architecture was designed by the French architect Veronique Dollfus.
The museum is packed full of information detailing traditional Vietnamese ways of life, from religious events to the symbolic rituals of all the Vietnamese ethnic groups, providing a rich tapestry of the culture melting pot existing in Vietnam. The exhibition hall features everyday objects representing each group, a research centre, library and auditorium.
The outdoor exhibition area is also a great place to see. The most popular architectural styles of ethnic minorities were represented including Ede long house, the Tay stilt house, the Yao house half on stilts, half on earth, the Hmong house whose roof is made of pomu wood, the Viet house with tile roof, the Gia Rai tomb, the Ba Na communal house, the Cham traditional house and the Ha Nhi house made with beaten walls… Let’s check it out! Tour ends around 12.00am or 05.00PM.