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"Village hearts "

lanhnguyen
Submitted by: lanhnguyen Length of trip: Seven to 10 days
Trip taken: January 2008 No. of people on trip: 1 person

Locations visited:

Far East and Asia: Vietnam

Trip Features:
Culture: History

lanhnguyen took this trip with her Parents/Elderly relatives and also recommends this trip for those traveling with their:
> Guy Friends
> Extended, large family
> Immediate Family
> Group of friends

The cost category of this trip was: luxury

TRIP DESCRIPTION

In the decades spent recovering from the severe effects of war, Vietnamese critics struggled to modernize. As Vietnamese markets regained the strength, the country quickly caught up to the fast paced, high-tech world of the 21st Century. The dream of becoming a strong, progressive country is within reach. However, amid the hectic, multi-directional flow of the modern life, many Vietnamese people still long for the simple, quiet days of the past. Deep within them, there still exits an ancient village that the heart recognizes as “home”.

For some hearts, “home” is a small northern village nestled up against a river. A flimsy boat sits tied to an ancient, wooden dock. The riverbank is noisy with the chatter of women washing the rice and vegetables that will be eaten later in the day. There are children playing in the shade of the Banyan trees. The threat of time does not exist in this vision.

Deep in the central region of the country, “home” is place where a group of bays sit by the Lam River dreaming of following in their father’s military footsteps. They use bamboo sticks and pretend to battle each other, fighting for the other’s honor. Their fathers stand nearby, proudly watching the young boys play, envisioning them as the respected warriors they might someday be. Their hearts do not yet understand the devastation of war.

For those originating from the southern regions of Vietnam, “home” is a peaceful village built in the shade of durian trees. In this village, communal clay houses with bamboo-thatched roofs line the endless fields of canals. The multi-colored pagoda that sits in the middle of the other women from the village reflects the cheerful, liberal attitude of the villagers. A lone fisherman sits on his boat drifting with the ride. His heart is content with the moment, unconcerned with the future. On shore, his wife sits beside a mango grove, peeling fruit with the other women from the village.

Village communities originated thousands of years ago as families joined together in an effort to protect one another from invaders while they farmed. Typically, in addition to villager’s homes, each village would contain a bamboo wall or gate, a communal well, a communal house and a temple for worship. Villagers ate, slept, worked, and worshipped alongside one another. They shared everything, including their trades. Eventually each village became known for a particular trade that everyone in the village could perform. Once a village community was established, it became part of the villagers’ identity, leaving an impression their hearts that was hard to erase.

Those who left their villages to works to work in the imperial city to set up stores still maintained the value of their village. Today, in the crowded streets of Vietnam’s big cites, it the crowded streets of Vietnam’s big cities, it is not difficult to trace people back to their village roots. Look closely at their trade and you will find the village in their heart.

Take, for example, the man who runs the bronze casting shop near Truc Bach Lake in Hanoi. He has built a successful business out of his bronze casting stills. His heart is ties to the village of Ngu Xa where as a child he learned how to cast from the men in his village. This also the case for a family that runs jewelry shops in Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City. Their hearts lie in the northern village of Hang Bac Jewelry making was a way of life.

This article written by Lanh Nguyen from Vietnam Heritage Travel

For original article, please visit:

http://vacationstovietnam.com/lastest-travel-news/village-hearts.html

http://vacations-vietnam.com

http://vietnampackagetour.com


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