1000 year Hanoi: Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural

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Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural
Thang Long - Ha Noi (1010-2010)

I like to call Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural as the wall of labors because since 1 am until late night, this wall has witnessed tons of lives who have been scarifying every second for their families.

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What is Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural?

Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural is a ceramic mosaic mural on the wall of the dike system of Hanoi welcoming for the Millennial Anniversary of Hanoi in October 2010. This mosaic wall, which is 3.950 m in length, was rewarded for the love of Hanoi in 2008, and recognized by Guinness for the world’s largest ceramic mosaic by 2010.

Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural
Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural got Guinness record for the longest mosaic wall

With 21 parts bringing back the history lines of Vietnam, the mosaic wall impressed visitors at the special anniversary of Hanoi and later on. It has, day by day, also witnessed numerous tough lives of labors in the capital of the country.

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How did Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural start?

The project of Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural was initiated in 2007 by the idea of journalist of culture and arts Nguyen Thu Thuy. The journalist wanted the Millennial Anniversary of Hanoi to have something remembered.

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Journalist Nguyen Thu Thuy at the middle

According to Nguyen Thu Thuy, the main budget of Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural was owing to the community, investment of the government, and her own family money. The journalist accompanying with her husband had to spend a lot of money for the beginning of the project. Additionally, her husband was said to force himself to sell his beloved collection for the project. Nothing but the love for Hanoi was the statement of the couple who wanted to improve the living environment and advertise the traditional ceramic and pottery products.

During 4 years, Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural attracted the participation of 35 artists all over the world such as Denmark, French, Finland, Spain, Italy, the UK, the US, Argentina, New Zealand, and Australia. Besides, there were more than 100 craftsmen, 500 residents, students from art schools to join in.

The beauty of Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural

Since the inauguration of Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural, many tourists have been attracted by cyclo tours traveling along the wall, besides traditional walking tours around the Old Quarter.

Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural
A Hanoian contemplating the mosaic wall

A Hanoian was silently walking along to contemplate the mosaic wall. He claimed that Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural was wonderful; despite passing by at the scorching noon, he felt not tired at all contemplating the impressive pictures on the wall.

Location: Along the beginning of Tran Khanh Du street to the end of Nghi Tam street, Hanoi, Vietnam.

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