Paper Mask Making Class

Preserving an Ancient Dying Heritage

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$18.00per guest
Hosted by Hoa Nguyen Van

Highlights

  • Release the inner artists in you and join a traditional Vietnamese mask making workshop in the rustic backstreets of Hanoi
  • An opportunity to get a hands-on experience with this centuries old craft that has not changed one bit
  • Meet and interact with your host pair, a couple, who are the only people in Hanoi keeping this heritage alive
  • Opportunity to learn more about Mid-Autumn Festival where these masks are traditionally worn by children
  • This workshop is perfect for children - its fun and culturally educational at the same time
  • Bring home a traditional mask and make it a unique wall decor

Inclusive of:

  • All tools, equipment and material required for the workshop
  • One ready made traditional mask per person
  • English speaking facilitator
  • Light refreshments

Not Inclusive of:

  • Pick-up and drop-off service within Hanoi (can be included at additional cost)
  • Other personal expenses
  • Meals
  • Tips and gratuities (optional)
$US 18.00 per guest
2 hours
1 - 10 guest
Cancellation Policy: Moderate

Full refund available for cancellations made up to 24 hours prior to booking start time.

Booking Options

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Private Class
$ 15.00/trip
Pick up service (one vehicle fits 3 person)
$ 7.00/trip

More About This Experience

The traditional paper masks, as distinct and recognizable as the full moon during the Mid-Autumn festival, has for years been a favorite traditional toy among Vietnamese children. During the night of the festival, gleeful children parade around the neighborhood wearing colorful paper masks as they carry with them bobbing lanterns to illuminate the streets - a sort of trick or treat equivalent during Halloween. Families join in the celebration while the young ones bring life to the artfully crafted masks that are at once both colorful and representative of the festivities of the night. The tradition of wearing paper masks is a cherished and endeared tradition among the locals. Entirely handmade and always lingering with the faint smell of paper and glue, the locals love the simplicity of this tradition which dates back many centuries. Alas, it is now a dying art where modern toys are replacing this age old tradition. In this exclusive visit, you will have access to a special gem in the backstreets of Hanoi's Old Quarters and make your own paper masks with the only remaining couple to still continue the tradition.

Additional Information:

  • Pick-up location: Exact pick-up location address along with map direction will be sent to your email instantly after booking
  • Please be at the meeting point 10 minutes before the booking time
  • This is a kid friendly activity
  • Avoid wearing clothes that you wouldn't want paint to accidentally drop on
  • The paper masks that you create will take a day or two to dry under the sun depending on the weather. While you will learn how to make one, the masks that you will eventually paint on and take home wi

Location

The pick-up location address will be sent to your email immediately upon booking.

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Your Local Host

Hoa Nguyen Van

In Hanoi, Nguyen Van Hoa and his wife Dang Huong Lan was once the epicenter of the craft of mask making but they now forge ahead as the sole guardians of the craft. They have been in the trade for over 30 years and...

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US$ 18.00 per guest