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Artists have repainted a Vietnamese village, and it looks awesome

The moss-covered walls of a humble fishing village have been brightened up with murals following an extensive art project.

Trung Thanh Village in Tam Thanh Commune by the seashore at Tam Kỳ City in the central province of Quảng Nam is now full of art thanks to the Korea Foundation Community Art Exchange Programme that finished a project yesterday.

Five artists from South Korea and 12 volunteers from both Viet Nam and South Korea joined the programme. Even locals struggled to contain their excitement, as they volunteered to help clean and paint the walls.


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The project involved turning the old walls of 100 houses in the village to colourful murals, depicting portraits of villagers and local scenes and more regional panoramas, said Trần Diệu Ly, co-ordinator of the project.

“Trung Thanh Village was selected for this programme because its population density was high,” said Ly.

“The houses are close to each other and that makes it easy to create a special effect like an art gallery.”

His face lit up when Võ Ngọc Liên, 72, looked at the fresh paintings on his walls.

“I couldn’t imagine that my old-fashioned house can be brilliant like this,” he said.

 A family pose outside their house. Artists have spent three weeks painting the walls of more than 100 houses in Trung Thanh, a fishing village in Tam Thanh Commune, Quang Nam Province. The project is a cooperation between Quang Nam government, the South Korean Embassy in Vietnam and several non-government organizations. Photo: Hua Xuyen Huynh/Thanh Nien

 The portrait of a local man outside his house. The “Art for a Better Community” project follows the model of several villages in South Korea. Photo: Hua Xuyen Huynh/Thanh Nien

 Many local children are excited with the new walls in their village. Photo: Tien Hung/VnExpress

Most paintings are about the environment and local life. Photo: Tien Hung/VnExpress

 Oh Ye Seul, 25, and her painting of Olaf, a character from Disney’s “Frozen.” The artist, who visited Vietnam for the first time, told news website VnExpress that she is impressed with the country’s poetic scenery and friendly people. Photo: Tien Hung/VnExpress

 Boys pose with a football painting. Photo: Tien Hung/VnExpress

 Lively colors have replaced thick layers of moss on this wall. Photo: Tien Hung/VnExpress

 A barber’s shop looks a lot more appealing. Photo: Tien Hung/VnExpress

Participants in the project said that by giving the village a facelift, they wish locals feel proud of where they live and work to conserve it. Photo: Tien Hung/VnExpress

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