Thursday, October 15, 2015's personal #vietnam

The alley in the morning 2 by Bui Le Trang
Vietnam Art Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City

"Art enables us to find ourselves 
and lose ourselves at the same time."
~Thomas Merton

The thing about art...and one of the things I love most about that it's personal. It's what speaks to you at first glance and emotion and thought. On a canvas, in a sculpture, whatever the medium which has been translated to art, how it makes you feel... that feeling is yours and yours alone. It's the beauty of's personal.

If you live in Vietnam or plan to travel and want to purchase a lasting memory, all I can say is that you will have plenty to choose from, no matter the budget. I could list hundreds of galleries up and down Vietnam, but I won't, because, to be honest, you will not have to travel far to find one. 

Once you step through the door of one gallery and then another and might just be a bit confused. There is so much to choose from...and then you might start to notice something...the painting that you were told was 'the one and only by a particular artist' is the same painting that is in front of you in another gallery. How does that work?

The world of reproductions is thriving in Vietnam which is only a problem if you want an original work of art. It can be a challenge, even with all the official documentation, you might still have that niggling doubt. You just have to weigh it all up...the price, the art and the emotion. 

When I travel, I think ahead to when I return home. Is it possible that I will return to my home country and wished that I had purchased the piece in mind? Will I feel that returning home each day and casting my eye on that particular artwork could make all the difference in my day?  By the time I have asked myself these two questions...there is a usually a resounding YES in response. 

The good news, is that Vietnamese art does not have to blow your travel budget. We have original art (we hope) and reproductions and we love them equally. It's personal, it's art.

I have listed a few galleries in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi that we enjoy. Some we have purchased art from and others we are waiting for the right one. It is worth looking at the photo gallery on each site to get a feel for what is out there. Like I said, there is so much more out there and it's personal. If these galleries do not do it for you, there is plenty more to choose from.

If you travel to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi and enjoy fine art museums, I highly recommend the two below.  Both will open your eyes to the history and beauty of Vietnam.

If you have time for an art tour, then Sophie of Sophie's Art Tour is the woman for you. A 'must do' if you love to combine travel and art. Her contact details are noted below. 

If you have a gallery that you would like to recommend, I am all eyes. You can write to me at

Happy Viewing!


Vietnamese Art
A few favorites..


Ben Thanh Art and & Frame
Galerie Nguyen
7 Nguyen Thiep St, D1
Ho Chi Minh City

Blue Space Art Gallery 
 Particular Art Gallery
97 A Pho Duc Chinh St, D1
Ho Chi Minh City Arts Museum
Ho Chi Minh City

Galerie Quynh
65 De Tham St, D1
Ho Chi Minh City

Lac Hong Gallery
1 A Le Thi Hong Gam St, D1
Ho Chi Minh City

Phuong Mai Gallery
7 Phan Chu Trinh St, D1
Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam Art
80 Nguyen Hue St.
Ben Nghe Ward, D1


Art Vietnam Gallery 
24 Ly Quoc Su, Hoam Kiem

Green Palm Gallery
39 Hang Gai St

Thang Long Gallery
41 Hang Gai
12 To Tich St

Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum
97A Pho Duc Chinh, D1
Ho Chi MInh City

Vietnam Arts Museum
66 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh
(04) 3733 2131

Sophie's Art Tour
Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi

The Red by Nguyen Thanh Binh
Blue Space Art Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City

Lotus by Nguyen Van Hai
Ben Thanh Art, Ho Chi Minh City

Going to the Pagoda by Nguyen Minh Phuoc
Green Palm Gallery, Hanoi

Young Girl by Nguy Dinh Ha
Thang Long Art Gallery, Hanoi

On Tour...
Sophie's Art Tour

Hanging around Chateau Mango, from Boutique Art,
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

All that we are is the result
of all that we have thought.

It's personal.


  1. ...Art is a private journey of one's heart... Will go visit your favourite places with no limits 😊
    Thank you & love The Red....❤️

    1. A keeper...'Art is a private journey of one's heart' true! xx

  2. 22 years and 7 countries ago I swooned at a 6' x 6' painting. Impossible ...wouldn't make sense to buy such a huge painting. The wise artist suggested I borrow it for a week or so - was it love or infatuation? 3 continents later, it continues to give me joy in Florida, in a room that would be lost without it !

    1. A wise decision Joan, I love that it has travelled with you. I can just imagine the joy it brings to you. :)

  3. I have seen this is looking amazing..thanks for the post

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