The exhibition of folk paintings, engraved lacquer paintings, and Vietnamese tea art attracted tourists in Gwangju, Korea 

Viet Nam Cultural Space at Gwangju Culture & Art Center attracted a large number of Korean and international tourists to visit and experience cultural promotional activities. 

Hands-on experience of making Dong Ho paintings

Vietnamese Dong Ho paintings often revolve around the following topics: congratulatory paintings (Vinh Hoa – Phu Quy, Nghi Xuan); daily life paintings (Jealousy Fighting, Rat’s Wedding, Picking Coconuts); worship paintings (a set of five-part paintings); historical paintings (Hai Ba Trung, Ba Trieu…); myth paintings (Saint Giong, Tales of Kieu, Thach Sanh), etc. Exploring these themes, Minhwa paintings (Korean folk paintings) bear many similarities with famous folk paintings of Kinh Bac region. Dong Ho Painting Exhibition quickly received the love of the public in Gwangju.

Besides, Dong Ho paintings also attract attendees by the unique way of printing. According to the artist of Dong Ho village, in order to print paintings, the printing board is placed on the scalloped paper, using a loofah to rub on the back of the paper to catch the color evenly. The colors are printed one by one and must fit together, the completed picture is due to the juxtaposition of the color arrays in a certain sequence. Therefore, although using a painting pattern created by an artist, from cutting boards to skillfulness and mastery, printing can create different pictures.

In addition to the hands-on experience of printing paintings under the guidance of Dong Ho artisans, visitors can also listen to the stories about historical origins and unique features of Dong Ho paintings. Artist of Dong Ho painting village Nguyen Dang Tam shared, Dong Ho paintings truly reflect the daily life of people in the Northern Delta. Paintbrushes or expensive color boxes are not needed, Dong Ho painters only use natural materials to create five basic colors with folk materials such as vermilion, indigo leaves, flowers, bamboo leaves. and scallops. Through the exhibition, artist Nguyen Dang Tam wishes to bring the values ​​of Dong Ho paintings to international friends to promote the traditional creation of Vietnamese folk paintings.

Virtual reality exhibition of Vietnamese Lacquer Art

Another unique feature in Vietnamese culture and art that also attracts attention at the program is lacquer art. In order to bring to the public in Korea a multi-dimensional point of view, Vietnamese lacquer art is expressed through creative forms such as an online painting exhibition and an engraved lacquer painting exhibition.

Accordingly, the online exhibition “Vietnamese Lacquer Painting” introduced typical lacquer works over many periods, helping viewers learn about the history of development as well as the techniques of lacquer painting in Viet Nam.

As for promoting Vietnamese lacquer art activity, one of the highlights was engraved lacquer paintings by artists from Latoa Indochine (Pham Ngoc Long, Luong Minh Hoa, Nguyen Van Phung (H.T. Phuc), Tran Tran. Linh, Hoang Dinh Duy, Nguyen Trong Khang). 

Artist Pham Ngoc Long, the president of Lotoa Indochine, said: “We, with a team of passionate and hard-working artists, have cherished our love for traditional art for a long time. Over the years, each member of Lotoa Indochine has worked with great effort and appreciation to preserve national cultural values and develop folk painting to a new height using traditional engraved lacquer materials. From our viewpoint, folk painting is also one of the cultural heritages, preserving and reflecting the customs of each region across the country”. 

It takes artists two or three months to finish all stages and deliver the perfect final artwork, combining lacquer and paint. A final lacquer painting reaches sharpness and depth, highlighting layers and beautiful colors with a closer look. This unique creative art form has brought a new approach to the country’s folk paintings.

Vietnamese Tea Art Experience 

In Korea, enjoying tea has become a national ritual since the Koryo dynasty (AD 935). Unlike in Japan or China, the ceremony of enjoying tea is not fussy and restrictive but brings relaxation and comfort while maintaining its principles. Viet Nam and Korea share similarities in tea culture, especially the method of making compost tea with used green tea leaves. 

The linkages between Vietnamese and Korean tea art encouraged the public in Korea to visit Viet Nam Cultural Space. The taste of a high-quality cup of tea lies in its simplicity. Literally, the sweet aftertaste replaces the bitterness at the entrance and covers the mouth with a lingering fragrance. Not a luxury drink, tea, with its connection to Vietnamese culture and people, made a great impression on participants at the last program. 

In addition, Viet Nam Cultural Space also comprised many other interacting activities, such as Viet Nam – Korea traditional costumes exhibition, first-hand experience to make lacquer souvenirs, virtual reality 3D interactive space Beautiful Viet Nam, Video Games about Vietnamese culture (Lac Viet Adventures), Viet Nam Vitality, and Viet Nam – Korea diplomatic relations exhibition, etc.