Traditional Calligraphy Class

Introduction to a Historical Art Form

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$26.00 per guest
Hosted by Hali P

Highlights

  • Learn more about the history of Vietnamese calligraphy from a highly skilled artist and calligrapher and gain more insights into the history of Vietnam's language & culture
  • Feel like you've time traveled as you use basic calligraphy tools - ink, a brush and paper to write alphabets in English or in Vietnamese script
  • You will be taught the techniques on how to hold the brush, how much ink to use, and the proper strokes to write Vietnamese script and/or English characters
  • Enjoy the atmosphere of a cozy cafe venue and sip locally brewed coffee while participating in this experience
  • You'll get to take home a final parchment with a script you made for you to display in your home or as a gift for a loved one

Inclusive of:

  • All necessary tools and materials necessary for the workshop
  • Light refreshments
  • English speaking facilitator
  • A final calligraphy parchment that you can take home with you

Not Inclusive of:

  • Pick-up and drop-off service within Hanoi (can be included at additional cost)
  • Other personal expenses
  • Meals
  • Gratuity (optional)
4.9 Out of 5
33 Reviews
Nick Pearce United Kingdom
5
27 Apr, 2019

Both the host and facilitator were very friendly and patient while teaching us the basic strokes and alphabet used for c...

Mai ChauTom Australia
5
11 Jun, 2018

Very nice beautiful calligraphy class! we did a lots of letters, then we had some extra papers and we did also a beautif...

$US 26.00 per guest
2 hours
1 - 25 guest
Cancellation Policy: Moderate

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

More About This Experience

Ever since calligraphy was introduced to Vietnam by the Chinese settlers - it was one of many cultural exchanges that shaped Vietnamese culture - however, since then much has changed over history to adapt the art to better express the richness of the Vietnamese language. Its usage was historically confined to scholars and noblemen when the use of Han script was still prevalent, but today, the art has rooted itself in both the modern Vietnamese calligraphy using Chinese characters and also the national language, Quoc-ngu that originated during the French rule. Despite the many changes, the essence of the art still remains true to its core. The elegance of brush strokes as they define each character is as appealing as art itself. What is even more intriguing is how different characters gracefully harmonize to change the meaning of a word. The character that describes women for instance can mean "peace' if the symbol of a 'roof' is placed over it. Seemingly abstract in nature, the art follows a rule that is both fascinating to learn and practice. In this Experience, you will learn calligraphy in Vietnamese Language and/or English. Our host, a skilled artist and a calligraphy master will take you back in time and present an art that is still revered and respected. Don't miss this chance to put your own strokes as you learn this ancient art.

Additional Information:

  • Pick-up location: Exact pick-up location address along with map direction will be sent to your email instantly after booking
  • Be at the pick up location at the tour start time
  • You also have the option to be picked up. Simply select this option from the add-on section
  • You do not need previous calligraphy experience
  • Avoid wearing clothes that you wouldn't want paint accidentally dropped on

Upcoming availability

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Your Local Host

Hali P

He seems to be normal as many other youngers at the first time you see him. But only after visiting his workshop with all his ink paintings and calligraphy, you will be surprised by his talent at that young age. Go...

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33 reviews from people who took this experience

Nick Pearce United Kingdom
5
27 Apr, 2019

Both the host and facilitator were very friendly and patient while teaching us the basic strokes and alphabet used for calligraphy. The lesson took place in a beautiful and peaceful cafe which was the perfect location for the workshop. We felt like we both learned enough to continue the craft at hom... Read more

Mai ChauTom Australia
5
11 Jun, 2018

Very nice beautiful calligraphy class! we did a lots of letters, then we had some extra papers and we did also a beautiful quotes!

East West United States
5
15 Apr, 2018

We had one unplanned day in Hanoi and due to less-than-ideal weather had to rule out the options we originally came up with. A quick search turned up Backstreet Academy and they were able to offer a couple different classes for later in the day. We chose the calligraphy course and were so glad we di... Read more

US$ 26.00 per guest
33 Reviews