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An alley of murals in Hanoi

Updated at Tuesday, 22 Aug 2017, 12:31
The Hanoitimes - At Hanoi, there is a peaceful alley with unique murals reminding of Vietnamese beautiful childhood and school years.
 
That’s Ao Dai alley at Bac Tu Liem District, Hanoi. Different from other alleys, it is brightening with vivid wall-murals. The meticulous, creative and lovely illustrating paintings with poem and song lyrics are created by an old resident here.
At the age of 94, Cao Trí Thịnh – author of the wall-murals spent 20 years of his life beautify the small alley. With his own money, he bought color ink, painting brush and quietly create a new face for the zone. Even the locals are also excited about the arts on their houses. The alley has become a new tourist destination.
The paintings reflect mainly the Vietnamese family’s warm atmosphere, neighborhood friendship, and labor scene or quote wise advices from President Ho Chi Minh. Via these artworks, the old artist want to share daily life beauties’ with young generation.
Despite of old age, Thịnh spent every second of his free time for those murals. Visitors coming to the alley can ask him about stories behind those beautiful paintings and receive enthusiastic responds.  Before painting every wall, he always ask for allowance of the house owner in advance. Sometimes, the locals themselves ask him for an illustrating painting.
The paintings remind of Vietnamese childhood. Children in the country often have to make murals in festival or ceremonial days.
The paintings remind of Vietnamese childhood. Children in the country often make murals in festival or ceremonial days as a school mission.
From the gate house to the wall along the alley are covered with colorful murals
From the gate house to the wall along the alley are covered with colorful murals
A poem of President Ho Chi Minh lies on the wall.
A poem about President Ho Chi Minh lies on the wall.
Slogan "Children is today, the world is tomorrow"
Slogan "Children is today, the world is tomorrow"
Scences of children playing and family gathering.
Scences of children playing and family gathering.
Great advise from President Ho Chi Minh are illustrated vividly
Great advise from President Ho Chi Minh are illustrated vividly
The familiar spirit of Vietnamese propaganda pictures
The familiar spirit of Vietnamese propaganda.
The alley has become a new tourist destination, especially for the young.
The alley has become a new tourist destination, especially for the young.
The inanimate walls become more lively
The inanimate walls become more lively
Colorful arrays of painting make surrounding locals cheerful.
Colorful arrays of painting make surrounding locals cheerful.
In one sunny day, entering the alley, your mind would be eased with memory of childhood. A great escape from busy life wait for every visitor coming here.
In one sunny day, entering the alley, your mind would be eased with memory of childhood. A great escape from busy life waits for every visitor coming here.


 
 
Cam Anh
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