Generations of Muong Dong people have preserved "com lam” (rice in bamboo tube), a traditional dish left by their ancestors. Through many ups and downs, the people of Mo Da area, Bo town, Kim Boi district, still retain the "soul" of the profession, creating unique products. Currently, Muong Dong "com lam" has become a famous dish loved by many people, and widely sold at the mineral spring tourist area.
Authorities of Yen Thuy district have implemented a series of measures to preserve and uphold the value of tangible and intangible cultural heritage in the locality. The district has 12 cultural and historical relic sites, and scenic spots, including three national relics – Chua Cave and Hang Pagoda in Yen Tri commune, Thien Ton water Cave in Ngoc Luong commune, and Thien Long Cave in Lac Luong commune; and nine provincial-level relics.
Nearly 20 years ago, Dr. Nguyen Van Viet, Director of the Centre for Prehistoric Southeast Asian Studies, discovered worn movement vestiges in the south of the entrance of the Trai hamlet cave in Tan Lap commune of Lac Son district. At that time, those vestiges, dating back 8,000 - 9,000 years, were 60 - 70cm underground and almost intact.
In the evening of November 24th, at the Provincial Cultural Palace, the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism organized a public performance, summarizing and awarding the Folk Art Festival of Ethnic Minorities in 2023 in Hoa Binh province with the theme "Preserving and promoting the traditional cultural identity of the ethnic minorities in Hoa Binh province”.
The People’s Committee of Luong Son district on November 21 held a ceremony to announce the recognition of Lai Tri communal house in Thanh Cao commune as a provincial-level historical relic site, and hand over the certificate to leaders of Thanh Cao commune.
Located on the right bank of the Da river in Quynh Lam ward, Hoa Binh city, the Ngoi communal house was recognised as a provincial-level historical and cultural relic in 1999. Upholding traditions, locals often come to the place on major festivals, full-moon days, and the first day of each lunar month, burning incense to honour deities and pray for favourable weather and good harvests.
In recent years, the movement of mass culture and arts in Kim Boi district has been maintained and developed, contributing to preserving and promoting traditional cultural values and building a cultural life at the grassroots level.
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has recently announced a list of new intangible national cultural heritage items, one of which is the Keng Loong performance art of the Thai people in Mai Chau district, the northern province of Hoa Binh.
In order restore brocade weaving of the Thai ethnic group, with the support of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Chieng Chau Brocade Weaving and Tourism Services Cooperative was established in Chieng Chau commune (Mai Chau district) in 2009.
Holding some 18,000 exhibits related to the province’s establishment and re-establishment process and an array of antiques, Hoa Binh Museum has paid due attention to the management, exhibition, and communications work so as to preserve and promote the values of the local heritage.
In the aesthetic concept of the Mong people, a woman's beauty is partly reflected through her clothes. In Mai Chau district, there are two communes inhabited by the Mong ethnic people, namely Hang Kia and Pa Co, with a combined population of over 6,000. Despite the strong development of the society, the cultural identity, notably traditional costumes, of local people is still preserved and promoted.
Traditional cultural values of Muong people have been preserved well in Chien hamlet, Van Son commune, Tan Lac district.
Located about 4 km away from the commune’s centre and at an altitude of 800 m above sea level, Chien hamlet is known as a peaceful and beautiful Muong village.
The People’s Committee of Hoa Binh held a meeting on November 9 to discuss the progress of the building of a national dossier on Mo Muong cultural heritage to submit to the UNESCO to seek the inclusion in the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding.
Trac village in Lac Thinh commune of Yen Thuy district organised the National Great Solidarity Festival 2023 on November 4, which was attended by Bui Van Khanh, Deputy Secretary of the Hoa Binh Party Committee and Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, and Nguyen Tien Sinh, member of the provincial Party Committee and Chairman of the Committee’s Inspection Commission.
As the Muong ethnic people make up more than 63% of Hoa Binh province’s population, joint efforts have been made to preserve the Muong language. The Muong community in the province now use both Vietnamese and their mother tongue daily with the latter preferred in communication in family life.
(HBO) – Through their daily life and work, Muong ethnic people in Hoa Binh province have created, developed, and upheld distinctive cultural values. A contributor to their unique culture is traditional costumes and the art of decorating skirt waistbands.
(HBO) – Hoa Binh Culture – a Stone Age culture dating from 18,000 - 7,000 years ago, was discovered by Madeleine Colani - a French female archaeologist in 1926. In 1932, the first conference of Far Eastern pre-historicists meeting in Hanoi recognised the term "Hoa Binh Culture”, named by Colani, as a term to refer to an ancient culture that appeared and existed on territory of prehistoric Vietnam.
(HBO) - According to information from the People's Committee of Hoa Binh City, in the evening of October 26th, after performing the fish praying ceremony and releasing flower lanterns within the framework of the first Fish and Shrimp Festival of DA River in Hoa Binh province, Hoa Binh city officially opens Da Giang walking street with many attractive activities.
(HBO) - In recent years, the preschools in Mai Chau district have been paid attention to investing in facilities and teaching equipment. The schools have also proactively innovated and improved the quality of nurturing, care, and education, contributing to the children's comprehensive development.
(HBO) - Unlike other ethnic minorities in the area, despite the blending of various cultures and modern lifestyles, Mong women in Hang Kia commune, Mai Chau district, still maintain their unique traditional cultural charm, especially in the art of embroidery and tailoring for themselves and their family members.
(HBO) - Chua Ngoi Temple in Quynh Lam ward of Hoa Binh city in the province of the same name has been recognised as a provincial historical relic site. The certificate of recognition was handed over to the People’s Committee of Quynh Lam ward at a ceremony on October 3.
(HBO) – A retired teacher in Phong Phu commune, Tan Lac district is known far and wide for his enthusiasm for studying and preserving the cultural values of the Muong ethnic people in Hoa Binh province. Born and growing up in the ancient land of Muong Bi, Bui Van Noi has accumulated a lot of knowledge and documents about Muong ethnic culture.
(HBO) - In the morning of September 29th, in Hanoi, Vietnam Culinary Culture Association (VCCA) organized the awarding of certificates to 121 typical culinary dishes for phase I - 2022 and announced phase II – 2023, the Project "Building and developing Vietnamese culinary culture into a national brand”.