Most people will think about the beautiful beaches, resorts, and vast natural landscapes when they ponder what the city of Da Nang in Vietnam has to offer. However, there is much more to this coastal city that meets the eye and the city has a number of museums which has preserved the historical relics and artifacts that testify to the richness of Vietnamese culture in general. One such monument is Dong Dinh museum where you can find a collection of items from regional ethnicities and cultures.
The structure of Dong Dinh museum
The museum has an area of about 10,000 m² and. with displaying many ancient artifacts dating back to the 100-2,500 year. These objects come from Dai Viet culture, Sa Huynh culture, Champa culture, Chinese culture.
The reason why the museum is called “Dong Dinh” is that Dong Dinh is a name of a type of tree belonging to caryota mitislour family popular in Son Tra National Park which is grown around to make the attention of the museum.
The local residents have grown accustomed to calling it “the garden of memories” since it can be a place for reflection and relaxation. There are many cultural spaces inside the park where people can learn about the history of country.
Dong Dinh museum entrance fee
The ticket price of the museum is 20,000VND, equivalent to 1$, children under 12 years old will be free to enter. Because it is a private museum, it is not free to enter like other museums of Da Nang. Dong Dinh museum is open every day of the week, the time frame for visiting the museum is from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Best time to visit Dong Dinh museum
Because the weather in Da Nang is divided into 2 distinct seasons, namely the dry season and the rainy season. The most appropriate time to visit Dong Dinh museum is from March to July. At that time, the weather is sunny and dry, with little rain and storms, suitable for sightseeing and exploring.
Interesting experiences at Dong Dinh museum
Dong Dinh museum is recreated like a traditional midland house and the space consists of four main areas. Each area is a memory of history
Antiquities display area
The antiquities display area includes two Ruong houses built in ancient style. It is used to display a cultural collection that has been assessed by many cultures. When coming here, you will be able to visit the ancient artifacts of 54 ethnic groups from North – South.
A typical example is the Sa Huynh cultural collection such as: stone anklets, willow leaf earrings, etc. Or the collection of Champa ceramics that have been excavated underground in the Tra Kieu citadel (Quang Nam). In addition, there is also a collection of Dai Viet pottery with many varieties dating back a long time. In which, there are many ceramics appearing from the Le, Tran, Ly and Nguyen dynasties.
Art exhibition area
The highlight of Dong Dinh museum is the exhibition area of fine artworks. This house is designed in a modern style with a forest ecological space that is highly appreciated by many ecologists and architects.
Here are displayed many works of artist Dinh Y Nhi with black and white powder paintings combined with artist Dang Viet Trieu. This is a creation that shows the harmony between sculpture and painting. In addition, you also have the opportunity to admire more unique artworks of ethnic minorities in the Central – Central Highlands.
Fishing village memory area
Coming to the fishing village memory area, you will clearly admire the image of the Vietnamese Cham people in the past. From paintings to familiar artifacts about the fishing industry in the past. The house is made from the bodies of two wooden boats, three bamboo boats and five baskets of bottles from Nam Tho village. Around this area are displayed many life jackets, pieces of nets and fishing gear. Everything is arranged very naturally.
Artifacts here seem to describe the idyllic beauty of the fishing village. Stepping in here, you will be able to visit and learn about the daily life associated with sea life as well as better understand the hardships of fishing.
It can be said that the ethnic gallery is the most distinctive area in Dong Dinh museum. Inside are displayed many artifacts and collections from ethnic minority villages in the Central – Central Highlands. Those are the daily living utensils, the wooden masks that show the spiritual life of the ancients.
It seems that every detail is depicted very vividly, making not only domestic but also foreign tourists interested and curious.
Reviews Dong Dinh museum on Tripadvisor
Dong Dinh Museum is a great place to cool down if you are sunburned and like Museums! Interesting place!!
Stefan O (Malmö, Sweden)
A hidden place near Lady Buddha with a cheap entrance fee. I walk around and enjoy seeing lotus ponds, thatched roof houses, fisherman artifacts, and lots of trees in the ground.
Tam Le Vietnam (Hoi An, Vietnam)
This is a private museum, selling affordable ticket for people to visit. The place has different Vietnamese house styles, arts, antique. There is no guide and you can discover the place as your own way. Very nice stop on the way to the penninsula.
RyanDg35 (Hoi An, Vietnam)
Getting to Dong Dinh museum
Dong Dinh museum is 15km East of Da Nang city center. We can easily move from Vo Nguyen Giap and follow Hoang Sa road to lead visitors to Son Tra peninsula. Dong Dinh museum is located in the middle of a steep winding pass and is very close to the famous Linh Ung pagoda.
From the outside of the gate, there will be a barrier and on the wall, there will be the words “Dong Dinh Museum – The Garden of Memory”. The surrounding area still does not have a car park, so it is more suitable to visit by motorbike.
Coming to Dong Dinh museum, you will have the opportunity to understand more about ancient culture, admire nature and feel time slow down by the peace. This is really a great address in Da Nang for those who love art or are simply looking for a space to escape the noise of the streets.
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