There is an excellent walking route in Hue where you can immerse yourself in the contemporary art of Hue. It’s called the French Boulevard or Le Loi Street nowadays. With these four Hue Art Museums next to each other, it’s a world of peace and enlightenment for those who love exploring Vietnam art. Let’s see what they are!
1. Diem Phung Thi Sculpture House
Address: 17 Le Loi street
Opening hours: 07:00- 17:30. Their garden is open 24/7.
Price: 30,000 VND/ person
We start your Hue Walk of Contemporary Art on The Diem Phung Thi Sculpture House. You will notice on the left hand side a white charming French villa. It houses 386 artworks by a renowned sculptor Madam Diem Phung Thi. She is the daughter of Emperor Dong Khanh’s Construction Ministry Phung Duy Can.
Her unique sculptural language featured what she called “seven modules”, similar to the five basic elements (metal, wood, water, fire and earth), which she blended to create abstract, generalised but vibrant works, full of symbolism and meaning. Life of Vietnam, women and motherhood are her main inspiration.
You can also wander off in the garden where some of her main works displayed for public. This should be a great starting point for your walk in Hue with many inspiring works of Madame Diem Phung Thi. This collection is specially dedicated for Hue city as she wrote in her will before passing away.
2. Hue Cultural Museum
Address: 17 Le Loi street
Opening hours: 07:00- 17:30
Price: Free of charge
Next to Diem Phung Thi Art Museum is the Hue Cultural Museum. The building used to be the Former Annam Public Works Service with the later 1920s vintage and displaying element of art deco in their design. In the larger building houses the Hue Cultural Museum. Walking inside, you will see some cultural photo exhibition such as Vietnam Wedding offering and ceremony which is currently in display.
Furthermore, there are huge exhibitions of the Han-Nom writing system in Hue, Cham cultural objects, bronze objects, pottery artifacts in the different historical periods.
3. Embroidery Museum XQ Co Do
Address: 49 Le Loi street
Opening hour: 07:00 – 21:00
Entrance fee: free of charge
The XQ Co Do Gallery is an impressive embroidery performing art gallery. Opened in 2017 and housed 400 artifacts, images and documents relating to the history and development of Vietnamese embroidery.
Each embroidery work is made one of a kind with the aim of weaving the spirits and stories of Vietnam culture into visual threat art. This is the brain-child of wife-and-husband artisans Vo Van Quan and Hoang Le Xuan, who seek to restore and preserve traditional embroidery.
4. Le Ba Dang Art Museum
Address: 15 Le Loi, Hue City
Opening hours: 7h30 – 11h30 & 13h30 – 17h30
Entrance fee: Adults: 20,000 VND; Children (7 – 12): free.
This art museum in Hue belongs to Le Ba Dang Foundation and contains of 350 works by Quang Tri-born Vietnamese-French artist Le Ba Dang. He had a very interesting life story. Dang enrolled in the French armed forces in 1939 and fought in Europe before being captured by German armed forces.
After the war, he studied art in Toulouse and in 1950, he held his first solo show. By the 1960s, he had become an established artist in France, expressing himself through a variety of media, including painting, watercolors, sculpture and graphic works. His inspiration is widely captured the revolution of Vietnam against France, life of Vietnamese oversea and stories of women.
Your Hue Walk of Art should end here at Le Ba Dang Art Museum. Each of these Hue Art Museums will give you great understanding of each period of Vietnam art history. If you feel curious and interesting about these unique places to visit in Hue, why not book a charismatic guide from Bee Bee Travel to experience the best of Hue art. You will guarantee to have an amazing experience.