Traditional calligraphy markets welcome Tet

“As a decade-long Vietnamese tradition, I’ll visit the markets to look for calligraphy works in hope of bringing happiness, success, wealth and health to my family,” said Tran Minh Anh, a garment worker in Tan Phu district. Two traditional calligraphy markets in Ho Chi Minh City are located at the Youth Cultural House and the Labor Cultural House in District 1, attracting more than 50 calligraphers who are members of calligraphy clubs in the city and neighboring provinces. The artists, dressed in Ao dai, including men and women of varying ages, are showing their skills and selling calligraphy in black and yellow ink on red paper at the venue. 18-year-old calligrapher Vo Xuan Thanh of Ho Chi Minh City said it was the fifth time that he had participated in the calligraphy market at the Youth Cultural House. Photo for illustration. Source: “I love painting when I was a child. I began teaching myself calligraphy at the age of seven,” he said. “I’m very happy to introduce my calligraphy works to people and wish them a happy new year.” Each calligraphy work is priced from VND 30,000 to VND 200,000 (USD 1.3 – 8.8), depending on the craftsmanship, size and materials. Large works are VND 400,000 (USD 17.6) or more. The calligraphers are taking requests from visitors for words to write on red lucky money envelopes as well. The envelopes cost from VND 30,000 for a set of five. Most visitors prefer buying lucky money envelopes and small calligraphy… [Read full story]


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