Da Lat's precious buildings come to Hanoi

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The famed painter of Da Lat's historical buildings will showcase his work in Hanoi until August 4.

Da Lat ve voi Thang Long (Da Lat coming to Thang Long Hanoi's old name) will feature 47 of painter Vi Quoc Hiep's works depicting the Central Highland town.

Hiep has produced more than 300 paintings of colonial structures in Da Lat, also known as Vietnam's City of Flowers. Many old buildings in Da Lat were built in the 1900s by the French.

In his work, Hiep renders the structures in dark night, early morning. Some are situated in the middle of a mysterious forest while others are bathed in the yellow fall sunshine.

"There are more than 2,000 old buildings in Da Lat, each different from another, but I have only painted 300," said the 62-year-old artist. "Maybe I will paint the buildings until the end of my life."

Hiep said he felt sad about new constructions in the town that look like "blockhouses."

The exhibition at 46 Ngo Quyen Street also displays Da Lat flowers and women.

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