Hanoi’s Hammurabi

Nguyen Duc Chung, Chair of the Hanoi People’s Committee, former Chief of Police and all round legend.  Hanoi’s Hammurabi ?  The Moses of The Mekong ?  Super-Hero ?  Maybe. Do you remember that scene in The Seven Samurai when Kanbê Shimada, (the leader of the Samurai), goes into a hostage situation and defuses it ? […]

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Gods, Sages, Imps and Caryatids: Vietnamese Fine Art Museum Hanoi

A wonderful collection, beautifully curated across two elegant French colonial buildings.  Themes and captions that lead you by the hand through an extraordinary history and series of events, traditions and influences that uproot you and blow you away like a dandelion. From “primitive” decorative designs of astonishing beauty, through Millenia of indigenous and oriental traditions […]

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