A hidden town outside of Hoian Ancient Town brings you a new perspective the beauty of Vietnam, that is Tam Thanh Mural Village. Being considered as Vietnam’s first street art in Korean style, the village has become a popular tourist site in Vietnam since June 2016.
Art for a Cause
The mural village is a joint Vietnamese-Korean project called “Art for A Better Community”. Tam Thanh Fishing Village is located in Tam Thanh commune, Tam Ky city, Quang Nam province, which is about 10 km away from the city center. Over 100 actual local houses have turned into more vivid paintings than ever thanks to Korean and Vietnamese artists with local volunteers. We can’t deny that the mural village has been on top list of most popular sites nearby Hoi An recently. People are interested in the colorful and creative paintings.
Stunning paintings are realistic portraits of local people who are currently living in this fishing village. Each vivid picture shows local residents’ activities in daily life, such as offshore fishing vessels in the early morning, or the image of a mother making a dress for her daughter. The stunning murals also show charming natural sceneries from this fishing village – for instances, the image of coconut trees’ shadow in the river or beached boats at sunset. As a whole, the aim of the project is to depict how daily life and the simple things in everyday life can become the art.
Tam Thanh Village is also the source of inspiration of two other mural villages which are painted by Vietnamese artists. These local artists show their talents to raise public awareness of social issues, particularly environment protection. Tam Thanh mural village not only carries meaningful messages, but also creates good conditions for local economic development. A quiet fishing village has been increasingly visited by lots of tourists from everywhere.
How to get Tam Thanh Mural Village from Hoian
Tam Thanh Mural Village is 45 kilometers south of Hoi An. Here are some potential vehicles you can consider to get there.
- By bus
Since September 2018, the two-way bus from Hoian to Tam Ky came into operation. The bus starts at Hoi An Bus station (Nguyen Tat Thanh Str, Hoian city), and then finishes in An Ha residential area (Tam Ky City) or Le Thanh Tong Street.
Departure: (from Hoian bus station): 5.30am, 7.30am, 11am, 3pm, 5pm.
Price: 30.000 VND ($1.29)
However, it takes you more time to get the mural village because it has to follow a fixed routes. It means that you will go through 50-60 kilometers instead of only 45km as its real distance.
Although a taxi service is more expensive than other vehicles, one advantage of travelling by taxi is the time, you can go whenever you want. Moreover, if you would like to return by taxi, enter into negotiation with drivers for cheaper two-way taxi. When you get off, remember the number plate and driver’s phone number.
Price: 450.000- 600.000 VND ($19-$26) / one way
We recommend you Ut Hau Car Service with 16-seat minivans from Hoi An to Tam Thanh, and vice versa. You can catch the minivan on Cua Dai Street or crossroads nearby An Bang Beach. You should ask hostel staff to book your tickets for a perfect negotiation.
Department: 8.30am, 3.10pm, and 5.10pm
Price: 50.000 VND ($2.14) for one way
Phone number: 0961159787 or 0984589871
Additionally, another two places near Tam Thanh Mural Village worth visiting are Tam Thanh Beach and The Vietnamese Heroic Mother Statue. It can be said that Tam Ky’s tourist spots partly create fresh and attractive options for those who are excited to experience Central Vietnam’s tourism. Make sure you don’t miss out on this beautiful and vibrant mural village!
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