"Dinh Kim Ngan Jewellery communal house." Hanoi Off The Beaten Path Tip by pfsmalo
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Wandering the streets of Hanoi one morning we came across this recently (2011) renovated communal house which houses exhibitions of local handicraft and traditionnal music evenings to bring in a bit of money to help the deprived and further renovate the temple part of this old building. For 200 years the house was used as a silver mint and a centre for jewellery exchange but gradually fell into decay. The city of Toulouse in France has given a big helping hand.
The musical evenings are held twice a week on Sundays,Wednesdays and Fridays, which we watched and then tried our hand at using the traditionnal instruments. Must say that a 6-string guitar is a lot easier than their 3-string lute.
Reservations are not necessary and normally cost 10USD but that can be negociated down to 5$ if you feel like it, nobody will grumble. Ooh and there's free tea and biscuits as well.
You'll find it at 42-44 Hang Bac street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi. The photos are not very good as we weren't allowed to use flash.
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