Lai Xa village, Kim Chung commune, Hoai Duc district, Hanoi
Lai Xa Photography Museum is the place to showcase the traditions of the only professional photography village in Vietnam. The museum plays homage to the village of Lai Xa which produced a wealth of talented photographers, making it one of the more unusual visitor attractions in Hanoi.
A two-storey house in the middle of Lai Xa village with total exhibition area of 300 sq.m, Lai Xa Photography museum displays about 140-150 photos, 25 panels and 15 glass cases with about 150 objects. This is the first museum established by a Vietnamese community to showcase a local handicraft, also the first museum of a craft village in Vietnam.
No-one would see Vietnam as a country that has produced some amazing photographers, objects, photos and graphics in Lai Xa photography museum tell the story of how photography became the traditional career of the village. There is a re-creation of an old studio, an exhibit on the originators of the medium, an explanation of the process of making photos by hand, a demonstration of old studio lighting methods and a collection of beautiful photos by today’s photographers in Lai Xa village.
If you want to discover about Vietnamese professional photographer, Lai Xa photography museum should not be missed in your trip to Hanoi, you can combine a visit to Nguyen Van Huyen Museum nearby, learn about the life of Nguyen Van Huyen – Nguyen Van Huyen (1905-1975) was a professor, doctor, historian, ethnologist, educator, cultural researcher in Vietnam.