(No.10, Vol.6,Dec-Jan 2017 Vietnam Heritage Magazine)

An overview of the Hue cultural ambience

Learning how to make tò he (toy figurines); Experience of wearing Hue royal costumes; Enjoying Hue food; Making Hue conical hats

Intending to create a rich, diverse exhibition environment for visitors, especially for school children, Ho Chi Minh Museum had organized the outdoor educational experience ‘Chairman Ho Chi Minh’s childhood in cultural ambience of Hue.’ Taking place from 26 to 30 September 2016 at Ho Chi Minh Museum, Hanoi, it is a continuation of previous educational programs which help the public to explore and experience the region around the old capital, rich in of traditional cultural values.
Hue has a special place in Chairman Ho Chi Minh’s youth. The 10 years 1895 – 1909 spent in Hue were a very important period for young Nguyen Tat Thanh – Nguyen Ai Quoc – Ho Chi Minh. It was this time and this place that forged his patriotism, which urged him to go abroad looking for a way to save the country and the people. Hue cherishes the images of His youth and preserves the sanity of memories of how Chairman Ho Chi Minh’s childhood was nourished here.
‘Cultural ambience of Hue’ is a fresh breeze for the school age, with lively, fun learning activities such as Mid-Autumn lantern-making, palm leaf hat-making, painting Sinh village drawings, Chinese literacy learning. It restores the settings of the old Duong No Village (now in Phu Duong Commune, Phu Vang District of Thua Thien Province) where little Nguyen Sinh Cung (Childhood name of Chairman Ho Chi Minh) began his first lessons of Chinese literacy, scraping his first characters to learn how words reflect people. The program has folk games with a lot of motor skills practice such as tug of war, blind man’s bluff, and figurine kneading. Also, Hue Features Restaurant is here to offer typical Hue items of food for the public to enjoy.
The exploration experience series in 2016 has lifted the interaction between the Museum and the public to new heights. The new program proved to be innovative and effective in teaching the kids about the life, legacy and moral example of Ho Chi Minh. Having experienced the ‘Cultural ambience of Hue,’ Nguyen Nhat Linh of class 6A5, Nguyen Tri Phuong secondary school, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi said, ‘I am happy and proud to be here with my peers to play folk games, eat Hue food, practice writing Chinese characters and paint folk art. The program taught me a lot about Chairman Ho Chi Minh and traditional cultural features of the Vietnamese people.’
It is anticipated that in 2017, beside the existing educational programs in the exploration space on themes ‘Uncle Ho’s tire sandals’ and ‘The revolutionary Pac Bo,’ Ho Chi Minh Museum will continue introducing outdoor educational programs with new content and on a new scale. We respectfully thank the public and hope that they will remain by our side in future journeys.

Contact information:
Place : 19 Ngoc Ha St., Ba Dinh, Hanoi
Tel: (84.4) 38463752 – 38463757
Website: ww.baotanghochiminh.vn
Booking: Bureau of Education – Ho Chi Minh Museum
Tel : (84.4) 38455435 – 176,178
Mobile: 0912 464974 / 0973 869595