Whenever you get a chance to venture beyond your hometown or home country, you’d want to explore the places of attraction in the new destination. Besides indulging in new food, and going on shopping sprees, you can also get to know more about the city’s culture. The easiest way to do that is to immerse into the arts. Curated by PARKROYAL Picks, your personal travel insider, here are some suggestions on where to find great art in Saigon.
The A O Show, which is pronounced as the Ahhh! Ohhh! Show, is an interesting mix of the new and the old, combining elements of Vietnamese music, dance, and Cirque du Soleil. You’ll never know what’s going to happen next. One minute, the performers are flying around the stage using only a few ribbons tied to the ceiling, and their own brute strength, the next, they’ve formed a breakdance circle and are using a BMX bike to jump over performers lying on the ground. The show, unlike most typical performances, will always leave you in awe of what you’re seeing.
||Nguyen Van Troi Street
||7:00am to 10:00pm
If you intend to bring home some nice paintings from Saigon, there are numerous art galleries along Nguyen Van Troi Street, which is just a few steps away from the hotel. Walking into these hole-in-the-wall galleries, you may be treated to the sight of an actual artist in the process of creating a masterpiece. Prices, sizes and quality vary in these shops. And although they are notorious for their high starting prices, they are also great spots for purchasing small souvenirs – you can even practise your bargaining skills.
You will be absolutely surprised at what you will see in this show, with all its acts happening underwater. The shows are based on traditional Vietnamese stories and mythological tales. While you follow the enthralling narratives, appreciate the delicate movements of the water puppets, and feel the rhythm of the traditional Vietnamese music, sung and played live at the sides of the stage.
||206/19/30 Long Thuan, Long Phuoc ward, District 9
||8:00am to 5:00pm
Located more than an hour away from the hotel, the Ao Dai Museum is a part of designer-artist and master of Ao Dai Si Hoang’s garden house. The museum was established with a goal to bring the story of Ao Dai, which is the national costume of Vietnam, to overseas visitors. It showcases more than 60 Ao Dai owned by the Nguyen kings (1802-1945) and royal families, female military leaders, diplomats, artists, and actresses. You might even get a chance to meet the designer there, if you are lucky.