Bonsai in Vietnam
Bonsai (Cay Canh) in Vietnam
The Vietnamese climate is defined as tropical and subtropical. It has humid summers and relatively dry winters. The average rainfall is about 1,500 mm. Trees in pots are very common in entrances to hotels, office buildings, shops, around monuments and balconies. We were impressed by the vast Bonsai activity all over the country, especially in the big cities and their suburbs.
Most of the Bonsai in Vietnam can not be compared to the classic Japanese Style Bonsai and is more like the Chinese styles. It is much bigger than the Japanese average tree size and the style is not as strict. The size of the trees and pots is rather big compared with the classic Bonsai and many can probably be better defined as potted landscape trees.
Bonsai selling points are vastly spread along the main roads selling Yamadori which is sold as raw collected material at reasonable prices and Monbo Seikei stones used for stone gardens are sold as raw material. Several Bonsai books based on classic styles were available in Vietnamese.
Vietnamese Bonsai Contacts
More about Bonsai in Hanoi, Hue, Danang, Hoi-An, Ho-Chi Minh City and Vietnamese Contacts are on the above link about Bonsai in Vietnam.
The Vietnam Natural and Traditional Beauty Association (SIVACAVINA)
The Vietnam Natural and Traditional Beauty Association (SIVACAVINA) was established in 1989, and provides a forum for people who are interested in the arts of Bonsai and Suiseki. It has 15,000 members with branches in most cities and provinces throught out the country, and hopes to build friendship among the people of the world through the art of Bonsai.
DONG SON School of Bonsai
Although the DONG SON School of Bonsai is located in Belgium, it specialises in Vietnamese Bonsai Art. There is more information, articles, styles and contacts - about Bonsai in Vietnam
Vietnamese Bonsai Landscapes - Hon Non Bo and Tieu Canh
Hon Non Bo, are a complete mountain scene in miniature, these are often an island mountain scene, in a shallow concrete container with water to represent the sea. In Vietnamese, Hon means Island, Non means mountain, and Bo an artful combination of water, mountain range and forest. Hon Non Bo is a mountain landscape reduced in scale, usually set in an area of the sea close to the shore, often with full, lush vegetation.
Tieu canh are mini scenes. The Vietnamese people also enjoy mini scenes and miniature plants, both of which have a close relationship to miniature landscapes. The difference between a mini scene and a miniature landscape is that in a mini scene, the trees must be higher and bigger than the rock, which functions as the background for the trees. click link to read more :-
Bonsai garden at Binh Hoa Phuoc Island - Vinh Long
visit a beautiful bonsai garden; and, even though it is a popular tourist destination, I feel that we are their long-awaited guests - their only guests. Wandering through the garden we discuss the differences between the Japanese-style bonsai featuring miniature trees and the Vietnamese bonsai. Here are larger, flowering bonsai presented in pairs.
Temple of the large Buddha Bonsai Garden - Nha Trang
When visiting Nha Trang, the seacoast 'Riviera', the temple of the large Buddha has a Bonsai garden adjoining it. Unfortunately the garden is locked and not open to the public as it a refuge for the lamas, but this may be woth pursuing if you are in the area as I found a lama who spoke English beautifully and he was kind enough to permit me enter the garden and photograph the trees. Unfortunately, the tree were not in shape to have their photos taken, but the visit was very worth while to me and the lamas were very kind. This information supplied by Walter Chavin who visited Vietnam in 1998, you can see some of these Bonsai by clicking on the above link.
Bonsai in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Bonsai information, links and experiences in and around Ho Chi Minh City
Bonsai in Hue
Bonsai information, links and experiences in and around Hue
Suiseki, Scenery rock, fosil, wood website - in vietnamese
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