With its regal history and current artistic infusion provided by the University of Hue, the foremost Vietnamese arts institution, Hue is full of fine culture and precious art. It may not have Hoi An’s reputation for fulfilling shopaholics, but there is enough here to peruse to make it worth your while.
Start shopping in Hue with a souvenir standard, the Non La or conical hat constructed of bamboo. Hue is said to be the birthplace of these ever-present accessories and the local markets are full of them. Also try shops featuring ceramic replicas and lacquer paintings, cultural reminders that fit easily into your luggage.
For a more sophisticated keepsake, head to one of the two major galleries in town, Du Ca or New Space. Both shops showcase a mixture of the avant-garde and tradition, making for spectacular pieces sure to liven up any residence. The twin brothers who run New Space also dabble in performance art installations, community outreach and lacquer painting.
You can find galleries in any city, but Hue’s original arts scene can’t be beat. To see who and what are breathing life into Vietnam’s creative side, start with the thriving blend of old and new in Hue.
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At their gallery, the Le brothers, Thanh and Hai, spread their work across two floors. Painting folk art with a modern twist, traditional oils and lacquers are coupled with contemporary interpretations and variations. Their intertwining styles are seamless and their approach revolutionary. For more inspiring art, be sure to try Du Ca Gallery next door.
Established in 2004 to showcase Pham Trinh’s artwork, Du ca celebrates his marriage of traditional Vietnamese imagery and Western inspired abstraction. A dedicated painter, Trinh has been practicing his art for over 15 years and his pieces are lauded and displayed worldwide. For more modern fare, go next door to New Space Gallery, a likeminded operation.
Near the tomb of Tu Duc, make sure you stop by this roadside village and observe how locals make sandalwood and cinnamon incense as well as traditional Hue conical hats. Colourful stalks of incense are bunched together, and sample pieces are lit so that there is a pleasant aroma in the air.