Remember this mural village in Vietnam? Its residents now offer homestay service

TUOI TRE NEWS

Updated : 03/19/2017 14:43 GMT + 7

Residents of the central Vietnamese fishing village of Tam Thanh, which has gained popularity since a 2016 makeover that turned the entire locale into a giant canvas for mural paintings, are now running homestay service to host visitors.

The service is part of a community tourism project initiated by the administration of Tam Ky City, the capital of Quang Nam Province, where the village is located.

South Korean artists on an exchange program last year took part in a makeover project at Tam Thanh Village that lasted between June 10 and 28, during which the small fishing village was transformed into a giant fresco featuring around 100 houses repainted with pictures of cartoon characters, portraits of homeowners, and Vietnam’s nature and people.

The program was the first of its kind in Vietnam, co-organized by the Korea Foundation (KF), the United Nations Human Settlement Program (UN-Habitat), and the People’s Committee of Tam Ky City.

A fresco painting on a house’s wall overlooking the ocean in Tam Thanh Village, Tam Ky City, Quang Nam Provine. Photo: Tuoi Tre

According to the Tam Ky administration, the community tourism project will include the opening of attractions such as a communal arts village, a ‘village of a thousand flowers’, and a garbage-free village.

The highlight of the project will be a 3.7-kilometer seaside walkway decorated with coracles, indigenous Vietnamese seafaring boats shaped like half-circles.

The road is expected to be finished in May to welcome Quang Nam’s 2017 Heritage Festival, which will feature traditional fishing tools and equipment used by Vietnamese fishermen.

The community tourism project, which was launched in September 2016, is centered around preserving the essence of the local culture while improving the living conditions and livelihoods of locals, according to Le Dieu Anh, the project’s director.

“What makes community tourism at Tam Thanh Village stand out is the harmonious blend between arts and the living space, and the active participation of locals in the realization of the project” Anh said.

According to Nguyen Minh Nam, deputy chairman of the Tam Ky People’s Committee, since the completion of the mural paintings, Tam Thanh has welcomed about 1,000 visitors a day on average, with even higher numbers reported during holiday seasons.

Visitors who opt for the homestay service provided by Tam Thanh villagers will get to experience the daily life of Vietnamese fishermen, which involves such activities as making fish sauce and ‘knitting’ fishing nets, as well as visit breathtaking, primitive attractions known only to locals, Nam said.

Du lịch cộng đồng ở Tam Thanh

A Tam Thanh villager decorates a coracle to prepare for the opening of a coracle road in May. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net). I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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