Ao dai Museum in Ho Chi Minh City, shrine of the Vietnamese dress
- on Dec 11, 2019       By: Bảo Ngọc
If there is something that makes Vietnamese women shine delicately transcending time, borders, without distinction of the age and the social environment, it is the Ao dai. This Vietnamese traditional tunic has seen its shape and influence evolved over the centuries. A timeless symbol of national feminine beauty, the Vietnamese dress is for the first time honoured in a dedicated sanctuary of its own, the Ao dai Museum in Ho Chi Minh City. It’s a place of choice so you can enjoy the pleasantly surprise of the old friend Ao dai. You can experience a little history, some greeneries and a lot of elegance.
Located away from the bustle of the city, it is an exceptional meeting place for lovers of the Ao dai, also giving them pleasant moments in a green setting. Located in a lush place where tranquillity reigns a remarkable traditional architecture, the place is ideal to get lost in the world of the most beautiful traditional Vietnamese clothing.
This outfit has been for a long time inseparable from Vietnamese women who wore it to go out on many occasions. She is also very popular with brides on the most important day of life. From the Tangerine era to contemporary times and colonial times, the traditional Vietnamese dress knew adaptations but always brimmed with charm.
It is with a special love for this historical outfit that the great designer Sy Hoang has spent ten years designing and building the Ao dai Museum, the first of its kind in Vietnam. This is the second private museum in Saigon, with the Fito Museum for Traditional Medicine located in the district 10.
The Ao dai Museum is a great idea to complete the visits in the city centre, taking advantage of a big breath of air because of its frame in perfect communion with nature. On an area of some two hectares, the place welcomes you to a small Vietnamese village typical of the Mekong Delta with a garden house, lotus pond, bamboo bridge... And you can be lulled by peaceful rice fields.
While wandering in its sumptuous garden, you will find nice stops that are reminiscent of a part of yesteryear of Hoi An city.
The interior impresses with an equally relaxing atmosphere where you can admire hundreds of clothes that are more beautiful than others. Many beautiful collections are exhibited in different themes to trace the chronicles and trends of this famous dress through the ages since its birth.
The spaces of the museum are mainly based on precious woods of Quang Nam origin and worked with great care by the artisans of Kim Bong carpentry village. The main sector dedicated to the collections is denoted by a refined architecture that integrates the dress Ao dai in daily life and the long history of the country.
The tunic with four layers, one of the first versions of the dress Ao dai, created around 1645.
The tunic with five layers, 1884.
The modernized dress of Ao dai in 1958 was inspired by that worn by Tran Le Xuan, wife of the councillor Ngo Dinh Nhu under the State of South Vietnam.
The Non la or conical hat that reinforces the traditional beauty as delicate as elegant of the Ao dai.
The dress Ao dai addressed to the initiation to certain religions: in the image, for Caodaism, Buddhism and Catholicism.
Ao dai at the time of international integration: in the image, the styles Vietnamese-african (2011), Vietnamese-american (2008), Vietnamese-chinese (2011), Vietnamese-japanese (2009).
Since its creation, the museum has hosted many cultural and artistic events dedicated to honouring the Ao dai. In the space for the practical experience of visitors, you can have the opportunity to attend different stages of design and decoration of a typical dress.
It is in the Ao dai Museum that you can appreciate the aesthetic beauty of our world famous traditional dress and also famous women in different fields. Through the original models of which those worn by the great personalities, visitors can immerse themselves in the stories of women through more than 3,000 images that showcase the Vietnamese dress. Try some of the elegant costumes that are the pride of the Vietnamese in its sanctuary, it is definitely worth seeing.
This space allows us to understand the place of the Ao dai in life from a wider angle through documents, objects, reports, paintings, sculptures that tell you everything about the Ao dai. It’s a place to see without hesitation for those who are passionate about traditional Vietnamese values and especially for the Vietnamese tunic. If you want to make a visit combining discovery and relaxation, this place is a good choice.
Address of the Ao dai Museum
206/19/30 Long Thuan, Long Phuoc District, District 9, Ho Chi Minh City, about 30 minutes driving from the city centre.
Every day except Monday, from 8:30 to 17:30
Entrance fee: VND 100,000
How to get there?
Bus 88 runs from Ben Thanh Market to Long Phuoc Market and passes the Ao Dai Museum.
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