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Coconut shell dragon sculpture draws public attention in southern Vietnam

Coconut shell dragon sculpture draws public attention in southern Vietnam

Tuesday, February 06, 2024, 16:50 GMT+7
Coconut shell dragon sculpture draws public attention in southern Vietnam
A dragon sculpture made out of coconut shells in Ben Tre Province, southern Vietnam captures public attention ahead of the Year of the Dragon, a few days away. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A dragon sculpture crafted from coconut shells is captivating locals and tourists alike in Ben Tre Province, southern Vietnam, where it is on display in anticipation of the upcoming Lunar New Year festival, or Tet.

The artwork is drawing attention for its exotic appearance and creative use of coconut shells as the primary material.

Dubbed the sole 'black dragon' of the Year of the Dragon, just days away, this unique dragon sculpture stands prominently in front of the BIDV branch headquarters on Dong Khoi Avenue in Ben Tre City.

The head of the dragon mascot in Ben Tre Province, southern Vietnam, was made from coconut coir, wood and shells. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The dragon mascot in Ben Tre Province, southern Vietnam features a head crafted from a combination of coconut coir, wood, and shells. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The dragon mascot measures 3.8 meters in length and 2.3 meters in height.

Its scales are intricately fashioned from coconut shells, and its teeth and nails are crafted from coconut wood, showcasing the creativity and attention to detail in its construction.

Coconut coir was utilized to create the beard of the dragon mascot.

Truong Minh Tan, director of BIDV Dong Khoi, said that the dragon sculpture was a gift from a bank client, who is a resident of Ben Tre Province -- a prominent coconut-growing region in the southern part of Vietnam.

The meticulous craftsmanship of each part of the dragon sculpture adds to its overall appeal.

Rice plants, chrysanthemum and coconut flowers were used to decorate the location where a dragon mascot was placed in front of the headquarters of the BIDV branch on Dong Khoi Avenue in Ben Tre Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The area surrounding the dragon mascot, positioned in front of the BIDV branch headquarters on Dong Khoi Avenue in Ben Tre Province, southern Vietnam, is adorned with rice plants, chrysanthemums, and coconut flowers, enhancing the overall decorative ambiance of the location. Photo: Tuoi Tre

"BIDV Dong Khoi embellished the area where the dragon sculpture is situated with rice plants, coconut flowers, and chrysanthemums to create an eye-catching space," said Tan.

He added that festival-goers are welcome to visit the location, admire the mascot, and take photos with it during the festivities.

A dragon sculpture was made out of coconut shells by a resident of Ben Tre Province, a coconut growing hub in southern Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A resident of Ben Tre Province, a prominent coconut-growing region in southern Vietnam, crafted a dragon sculpture entirely from coconut shells. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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