Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural is a colorful large mosaic painted on walls that is both artistic and popular. This place is a highly recommended tourist attraction in any Hanoi travel itinerary for those who appreciate art and enjoy taking photos with gorgeous backgrounds. Keep reading to get a deep understanding of this unique work!
1. About Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural
Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural, located in Hoan Kiem District, is in close proximity to West Lake and Truc Bach Lake, painted along the walls of the Red River dike system in Hanoi. This ceramic work runs along an array of streets, such as An Duong, Yen Phu, Tran Quang Khai, Tran Nhat Duat, and Tran Khanh Du.
The vibrant Hanoi Mosaic Wall was made by 20 local artists, 15 international artists from 10 countries, such as France, Italy, USA, and Spain, over 100 artisans from some traditional pottery villages, and 500 Vietnamese and international children. They all came together to create this beautiful mural.
This work was built to mark the 1,000th anniversary of the founding of the citadel Thang Long (ancient Hanoi). It has also been recognized as the world's longest ceramic mosaic by the Guinness World Records. This mosaic has become an attraction that should not be missed out on by tourists when they visit Hanoi. Not only is it a reflection of the nation's arts and history, it also contributes to promoting those values to the world.
2. Where does the idea of Hanoi Mosaic Wall come from?
The idea of making Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural came from Nguyen Thu Thuy, a woman with a deep love for the capital city, who is also a journalist of culture and arts in Vietnam. She aimed to mark the 1,000th anniversary of the founding of Thang Long citadel by transforming Hanoi’s dike system into a cultural work of art, to reinvigorate urban Hanoi and bring local communities together through public art.
The main material used to create the mosaic mural was ceramic tesserae, a type of tile usually used to decorate houses and social buildings thanks to its endurance. Therefore, the idea of utilizing ceramics to build a mosaic mural was uncommon yet creative.
3. The distinctive features of Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural
The ceramic mural along the Red River dike system is about 1.7 meters tall and 3,850 meters long, holding the record for the world's largest ceramic mosaic of the Guinness Book of World Records. This work is nearly 7,000 square meters large, in which each square meter is skillfully assembled by 1,000 pieces of ceramics, forming a vivid and colorful work of art.
The ornate patterns on the wall, combined with modern artwork and children's paintings, serve as a visual representation of the country's history in various periods. In addition, people also use ceramics coated with colored glaze heated at 1,200 degrees Celsius in order to ensure durability against time for this work.
Hanoi Ceramic Road is divided into 21 parts, displaying the decorative patterns from different periods in the long history and culture of the country. It also shows the traditional architectural designs of Vietnam’s 54 ethnic groups. Here are some typical parts of Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural reflecting Vietnamese culture:
- Part A1: A mural showing the historical period from the era of Dong Son to the dynasties of Ly, Tran, Nguyen, and Le, along with the line “1,000 years of Thang Long – Hanoi”
- Part A2: The typical patterns present on the brocade and architecture of 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam
- Part A3: Pottery paintings of Vietnamese and international children with the theme "Hanoi - the City for Peace"
- From part A4 to A9: Modern artworks of Vietnamese and international artists
4. How to get to Hanoi Ceramic Road on your trip?
There are several means of transportation that tourists can choose from to get to Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural and leisurely admire the beauty of this charming ceramic masterpiece without worrying about where to park your vehicle:
- Taxi/motorbike taxi: This attraction runs along several main streets of Hanoi, so you can easily come here by taking a taxi from any part of the city
- Bus: Buses number 08A, 50, 55A, 86CT, etc., all pass by Hanoi Ceramic Road, with ticket prices ranging from VND 7,000 to 9,000 ( around $0.3 – 0.38)
Aside from Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural in Hanoi, there are numerous Hanoi tourist attractions nearby that you should not miss out on, such as Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi Old Quarter, Hanoi Opera House, Ngoc Son Temple, VinKE & Vinpearl Aquarium Times City.
Vinpearl Aquarium is one of Vietnam's largest and most well-known aquarium systems. It has an area of about 4,000 square meters and is home to over 30,000 marine animals from all over the world. In addition, through a glass pane, visitors can observe a variety of captivating water performances.
Meanwhile, VinKE, a 4,000-square-meter complex, offers your kids entertainment and education at the same time. Children can learn more about their desired occupations in this play-and-learn playground and be more confident with the world around them.
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Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural is a unique masterpiece of the capital, representing not only unique cultural and historical values but also the artists’ love for their homeland, along with the support of international friends. If you have the opportunity to come to Hanoi, do not forget to see this masterpiece and take gorgeous photos!
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