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​Fresco street in Hanoi becomes magnet for coming Lunar New Year

Sunday, February 04, 2018, 10:17 GMT+7
​Fresco street in Hanoi becomes magnet for coming Lunar New Year
A fresco of a vendor with two food baskets tramping an alley, a common sight in Hanoi in the past. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A street decorated with frescos in Hanoi was made available to the public on Friday as an artistic welcome to the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, also known as Tet, which begins in the middle of this month.

Beautiful murals, colorful and monochromatic, have covered the walls along a portion of Phung Hung Street, more than one kilometer long, in Hoan Kiem District.

The works of art are jointly produced by Korean and Vietnamese artists, who embarked on the Phung Hung fresco project on January 3.

Phung Hung Street leads to Dong Xuan (literally translated as Springfield), one of the capital’s largest markets; and runs parallel to a railway viaduct that comprises 127 arches of nearly equal length, on which the mural paintings materialize.

Meant to capture the soul of an age-old Hanoi steeped in Vietnamese history and culture, 17 frescos depict local royal sites and commercial towns.

Wall murals of stationery shops, trams, vendors shouldering a pole hanging baskets of food, and feudal scholars penning calligraphy evoke poignant memories in Hanoi residents’ collective imagination.

Tourists and locals flocked to the destination for an eye feast and photos during the first day of the Phung Hung Street paintings display.

The local government has also commissioned decorative patterns on a number of road-side electric cubicles at the intersection of Phan Chu Trinh Street with Ly Thuong Kiet Street in the same district.

Some other streets in the area are expected to receive frescos in the foreseeable future.

A close-up of one of the painted roses. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A close-up of one of the painted roses. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Roses brighten up electrical cubicles in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Roses brighten up electrical cubicles in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A close-up view of the painting on one of the cubicles in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A close-up view of the painting on one of the cubicles in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Road side electrical cubicles adorned with still-lifes. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Road-side electrical cubicles adorned with still-lifes. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Electrical cubicles in new painting clothes at the crossroad between Phan Chu Trinh and Ly Thuong Kiet, in Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Electrical cubicles in new painting clothes at the crossroad between Phan Chu Trinh and Ly Thuong Kiet, in Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Visitors stroll along Phung Hung Street to enjoy its frescos. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Visitors stroll along Phung Hung Street to enjoy its frescos. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A fresco of a street vendor. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A fresco of a street vendor. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A fresco of ong do giving calligraphy, a scholar in Vietnamese feudalism. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A fresco of a feudal scholar giving calligraphy. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A fresco showing street-side stalls of handicraft in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A fresco showing street-side stalls of handicrafts in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A black-and-white fresco of Vietnamese women in ao dai, the country’s traditional national outfit. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A black-and-white fresco of Vietnamese women in ao dai, the country’s traditional outfit. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Children in red, a theme color of Tet, pose for photos with a vendor fresco in the background. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Children in red, a theme color of Tet, pose for photos with a vendor fresco in the background. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A different tram mural. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A different tram mural. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A mural of a past tram in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A mural of a past tram in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A fresco of an old-style home in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A fresco of an old-style home in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Frescos reminiscent of a quaint version Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Frescos reminiscent of a quaint version Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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