Halong Bay - Culture of Vietnam - Halong Junk Cruises

Halong Bay – Culture of Vietnam

Halong Bay - Culture of Vietnam

Vietnamese culture is an ancient one, and one that takes a heavy influence from nearby China. During its socialist era Vietnam took much of its cultural influence from fellow communist states such as China and the USSR, shunning other outside influences. Vietnamese culture could be defined by being a civilization based on wet rice cultivation.

Halong Bay - Culture of Vietnam

Halong Bay – Culture of Vietnam

During the last two decades the country has opened up more to Europe and America and now has a far wider range of influences on its culture. Traditional dress (primarily for women) in Vietnam is the Ao Dai. An Ao Dai is a long, full-length dress worn at formal occasions.

Tet dragon

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Traditional, Chinese-influenced, music is played throughout the country, with sounds differing from region to region. Football is the most popular sport but other sports also enjoy popularity such as vollyball, ping pong, tennis and chess. Food is a cornerstone of Vietnamese culture, with popular dishes including seafood, rice and vegetables.

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