Thanh Chuong Viet Palace: Hanoi’s epicenter of cultural heritage

Surrounded by peaceful lotus ponds and lush banyan trees, Thanh Chuong Viet Palace is one of the most culturally rich destinations in Vietnam.

Located on Soc Son Mountain, outside of the capital Hanoi, the palace tells the story of Vietnam’s cultural history through traditional architecture, artwork and folk heritage pieces.

As part of the preservation project, lots of the relics found around the grounds have been trucked in from the country’s outer provinces or sourced from many of the country’s 54 recognized ethnic groups, including stilt houses and a 500-year-old stone bridge.

“You can see that this place has everything, from space and atmosphere to ecology, architecture and art,” artist and founder Thanh Chuong tells CNN Travel.

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Vietnam doc makes Ken Burns, Trent Reznor partners – Richmond Times-Dispatch: Music

Really excited for this one. I’m a bit of a documentary nerd anyway, so naturally Ken Burns is one of my loves. But to have a Ken Burns documentary dealing with the primary issue this Nation faced during my childhood, the Vietnam War, paired with the music of the era soundtrack created by Trent Reznor, is going to be nothing short of amazing.

The article states that this will be a 10-part series and is scheduled for this fall. I’ll post more when I learn the actual schedule. Can’t wait.


Ken Burns and Trent Reznor would seem two unlikely collaborators, but both describe their recent work on the upcoming PBS documentary on the Vietnam War as among the most satisfying of their careers.

Source: Vietnam doc makes Ken Burns, Trent Reznor partners – Richmond Times-Dispatch: Music