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Rare photos of Hue’s daily life in early 1990s

May 16, 2020 | 10:03

Under the lens of German photographer  Hans-Peter Grumpe, the daily life in the ancient capital of Hue, central Vietnam some 30 years ago, has become more true to life than ever. 

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Hans-Peter Grumpe is a German teacher. With a great passion for photography and traveling, Hans spent most of his holidays discovering different corners of the world, including three trips to Vietnam in the 1990s.

The photographer had spent almost two years traveling across Vietnam on his car with an interpreter who was also his tour guide.

Throughout his journey, Grumpe had captured thousands of color photos about the various Vietnamese landscapes, daily life, and the local people, which were rare at the dawn of the 1990s, Thoi Dai reported.

rare photos of hues daily life in early 1990s
(Photo courtesy of Hans-Peter Grumpe/ via Thoi Dai)

A group of children in a local primary school in Hue studying outside the class. They all looked at Grumpe's camera.

rare photos of hues daily life in early 1990s
(Photo courtesy of Hans-Peter Grumpe/ via Thoi Dai)

Hue citadel in the early 1990s looked quite similar to 2020, with the same architecture and lotus pond.

rare photos of hues daily life in early 1990s
(Photo courtesy of Hans-Peter Grumpe/ via Thoi Dai)

A small shrine rising above Huong river, the way leading to Thien Mu pagoda. A group of locals are seen gathering near the shrine to enjoy the shade for a while after boating around.

rare photos of hues daily life in early 1990s
(Photo courtesy of Hans-Peter Grumpe/ via Thoi Dai)

rare photos of hues daily life in early 1990s
(Photo courtesy of Hans-Peter Grumpe/ via Thoi Dai)

A market was set up on the way leading to Minh Mang Mausoleum.

In the early 1990s, bicycles were the main means of transport of most Vietnamese. For short distance, people just walked. Wearing conical hat, with a shopping bag carried along to go to the market was kind of the shopping norm at that time.

rare photos of hues daily life in early 1990s
(Photo courtesy of Hans-Peter Grumpe/ via Thoi Dai)

A crowded market by the river bank, en route to Minh Mang Mausoleum

rare photos of hues daily life in early 1990s
(Photo courtesy of Hans-Peter Grumpe/ via Thoi Dai)

A bird-eye view of Minh Mang Mausoleum in 1992-1993

rare photos of hues daily life in early 1990s
(Photo courtesy of Hans-Peter Grumpe/ via Thoi Dai)

Hon Chen temple.

"We came across Hon Chen Temple on the way returning Hue from Minh Mang Mausoleum. It was built in 1832. The descendants of the royal family were doing religious rituals there", Grumpe recalled.

rare photos of hues daily life in early 1990s
(Photo courtesy of Hans-Peter Grumpe/ via Thoi Dai)

The altar at Hon Chen Temple was full with offerings

rare photos of hues daily life in early 1990s
(Photo courtesy of Hans-Peter Grumpe/ via Thoi Dai)

The local people would later have a feast with the offerings.

rare photos of hues daily life in early 1990s
(Photo courtesy of Hans-Peter Grumpe/ via Thoi Dai)

Hue people wore Ao Dai, the Vietnamese traditional dress. The photo was taken at Hon Chen Temple during Tet holiday.

rare photos of hues daily life in early 1990s
(Photo courtesy of Hans-Peter Grumpe/ via Thoi Dai)
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