Explore The Space Of Vietnam Literature Museum

Located at 275 Au Co, Hanoi, Vietnam Literature Museum is a place to collect, preserve, research, and display cultural heritages and artifacts related to Vietnamese writers and literature throughout history.
August 04, 2023 | 20:32

Vietnam Literature Museum opened to visitors on June 26, 2015. The three-story museum, covering an area of 3,000 square meters and built at a cost of almost VND 50 billion, preserves many memories of famous writers and poets. This is a destination where visitors can learn more about the history of literature and the lives of famous writers that had a powerful impact on history.

Explore The Space Of Vietnam Literature Museum
Students learn about the literary history of Vietnam. Photo: vietnamnet

The first floor is where the museum displays and introduces "Vietnamese literature in the Ancient - Middle Ages" (from the 11th century to the end of the 19th century). At the center area, there is a stone in a symbolic pen shape bought from Hung Temple with meaningful words from the great poet Nguyen Du. Here is the exhibition of artifacts of Vietnamese literature from the 10th century to the end of the 19th century, as well as the history of written characters of Vietnam on mediums such as paper, cloth, metal, and leaves.

The second floor is dedicated to introducing figures of Vietnamese literary groups from the early 20th century such as Phan Boi Chau, Tan Da, and Ho Chi Minh, as well as winners of the Ho Chi Minh Prize on literacy.

Explore The Space Of Vietnam Literature Museum
The space inside the museum. Photo: Ngoc Thang

The third floor honors the activities of the Vietnam Writers Association. The exhibition area with the theme "Cooperation and Exchange with International Literature" includes photos, artifacts, works of Vietnamese literary works translated into foreign languages, and works of international writers who are friends of Vietnam.

The Vietnam Literature Museum functions to collect, restore, research, exhibit, introduce cultural heritages, and reflect on the process of development of Vietnam literature.

Besides displaying draft outlines by the writers, and their utensils, photos, recorded voices, and statues, the museum allows visitors to use modern computer software to search for more information.

Explore The Space Of Vietnam Literature Museum
Photo: Nguoihanoi

Poet Huu Thinh, chairman of the Vietnam Writers' Association and director of the museum, said, "The museum is a place to recognize the efforts of great writers in writing their works and their creative ways. During the 10 years when the museum was being constructed, we received untold contributions of objects and materials on great writers."

The initiative of building such a museum was made in 1995, but its construction did not begin till 2004 due to various reasons, Nguyen Thanh Minh, deputy director of the museum, said.

With a unique cultural space, the Vietnam Literature Museum is not only an attractive destination for literature lovers but also an ideal tourist destination in Vietnam.

Explore The Space Of Vietnam Literature Museum
The museum is seen from above. Photo courtesy of the museum

Thu Hoai, a visitor who lives in Hanoi, shared her experience, “I have an immense passion for Vietnam literature, that’s why I came here today with my best friend to explore and learn more about the famous works of the writers throughout history. I was deeply impressed, and I thought the museum is a great source of knowledge for people who love the culture and literature of Vietnam”.

Aiming to bring literary beauty to the public with a new approach, the Vietnam Literature Museum has launched the Literature Night Tour every Saturday and Sunday night. This tour will make visitors feel the uniqueness of Vietnamese literature from ancient and medieval literary periods to the present.

Explore The Space Of Vietnam Literature Museum
It's an interesting place for literature lovers and tourists. Photo: Vietnamnet

Tran Trung Hieu, Deputy Director of the Hanoi Tourism Department, highly appreciated the tour as Hanoi always focuses on developing tourism products with cultural and educational values.

"Hopefully, the new tourism product of the Literature Museum will help shape Hanoi's tourism. In the coming time, this tour is expected to be more lively and attractive with the efforts of the museum staff," he said.

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