When you have been to Hanoi multiple times like we have, you start looking for some off the beaten path things to do. Luckily, there are two sets of murals in Hanoi and both are within walking distance of the main tourist center of Hanoi.
We first visited the trompe l’oeil murals. This is a street art project that was jointly created by Vietnam and Korea. The 20 or so murals are painted on sealed archways of a railroad bridge. Many of the murals look like they are coming right out of the archways. The murals start at 27 Phùng Hưng, Hàng Mã, Hoàn Kiếm. When we were there, there were almost no other tourists.
The next day, we visited the ceramic murals. These murals were created along the walls of a dike and run for about 4 miles. Apparently, it holds the Guinness record for being the longest ceramic mural. Unfortunately, the murals are next to a narrow sidewalk on a VERY busy road, so it was a bit hard to see them and impossible to get decent photos.
We wouldn’t make a special trip to Hanoi to see these murals, but they are a nice way to spend some time if you’ve seen the other highlights of the town.
Wow the mosiacs are so colorful. The dragon is my favorite. How cool would it be to have that on a wall in your house. Too bad the sideewalk was so close to traffic. Are you in Hanoi for much longer?
It would be pretty cool to have a mural in your house1 We are in Hanoi for about another week. In Vietnam for 11 more weeks. Don’t know yet where we are going after Hanoi. 🙂
But that’s the fun of it. Just letting it happen.