Hundreds of Vietnam’s iconic ‘non la’ hats float above street in Hanoi

Hundreds of Vietnam’s iconic ‘non la’ hats float above street in Hanoi
Vietnamese conical hats are hung over Dao Duy Tu Street in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Hundreds of non la, or the iconic Vietnamese conical hats, are ‘flying’ in the sky over Dao Duy Tu Street in Hanoi, drawing attention of many visitors.

The Vietnamese traditional hats, which are made of readily available materials such as palm leaves, tree bark and bamboo, are hung over the street as part of a series of events to commemorate the 13th year of Vietnam Cultural Heritage Day (November 23), which is themed “Huong sac co do,” or the beauty of the old capital.

The art installation not only adds a delicate splash of decoration to the otherwise plain streets, but also turns the thoroughfare into an attraction for both local residents and curious visitors, especially young people, to come and take photo.

“I have come to Dao Duy Tu Street several times before, but this is the first time I saw this street so beautiful, feeling as if I was in the Vietnamese old capital of Hue,” said Vuong Thi Kim Phuong, a junior at the Military Technical Institute.

The floating non la are the latest example of street art in the Vietnamese capital city.

Before Dao Duy Tu Street, hundreds of red, yellow, blue, green, pink, orange, and purple umbrellas already colored the streets of Van Phuc Silk Village in Hanoi earlier this month.

Below are photos of Dao Duy Tu Street taken by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

Vietnamese conical hats are hung over Dao Duy Tu Street in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Vietnamese conical hats are hung over Dao Duy Tu Street in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A couple poses for a photo on Dao Duy Tu Street in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A couple poses for a photo on Dao Duy Tu Street in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A group of visitors pose for a photo on Dao Duy Tu Street in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A group of visitors pose for a photo on Dao Duy Tu Street in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Vuong Thi Kim Phuong, junior at Military Technical Institute, visits Dao Duy Tu Street in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Vuong Thi Kim Phuong, junior at Military Technical Institute, visits Dao Duy Tu Street in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Vietnamese conical hats are hung over Dao Duy Tu Street in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Vietnamese conical hats are hung over Dao Duy Tu Street in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Vietnamese conical hats are hung over Dao Duy Tu Street in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Vietnamese conical hats are hung over Dao Duy Tu Street in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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