Thang Long Hanoi through the eyes of artists

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Three exhibits with the Vietnamese capital as their subject will take place in Vietnam and Thailand from now until September to celebrate the upcoming 1000th anniversary of Thang Long Hanoi on Oct. 10.

A large embroidered picture titled Coi Xua (Old Origins) is on display in the Hanoi-based Friendship Cultural Palace from August 16 to 23.

The 5.5 by 31m embroidery, weighing 1.5 tons, used nearly 170-square-meters of Italian wool and around 250kg of thread. Hundreds of artisans from the Coi Xua Handicraft and Export Company in the 800-year-old Van Lam craft village in the northern province of Ninh Binh started work on it in 2009.

The embroidery illustrates significant events in the history Vietnam between the 10th and 11th century, as the Ly dynasty took power and King Ly Thai To decided to move the capital city to Hanoi from Hoa Lu of Ninh Binh Province.

Meanwhile, a photo exhibition entitled "˜Hanoi Visual angles' will open at the Temple of Literature on August 25 ending on September 3. The exhibition will feature 100 black and white photos taken by female photographers from the Hai Au Club based in Ho Chi Minh City.

The event marks the journey the artists made to the capital to explore the local culture and life. They captured beautiful images of Hanoi's streets and villages.

According to artist Dao Hoa Nu, head of the club, Hai Au has selected the best shots for a book to be published on the occasion of the club's 20th birthday.

Vietnamese amateur painter Tran Chi Hieu is holding his first exhibition featuring portraits of 19th century Hanoian women in Bangkok, Thailand until the end of August.

Hieu, who is studying for a Master's degree at the Bangkok-based Thamasat University, said that on the occasion of 1000th anniversary of Thang Long Hanoi, he wanted to introduce elegant Hanoian women to international friends. The pictures were painted over the course of six months and are based on photographs of Hanoi women in the late 19th century.

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