Inaugurated in October 2010, coinciding with the 1,000th founding anniversary of Thang Long-Ha Noi, the Viet Nam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism covers an area of more than 1,500 ha, of which 900 ha is lake and the rest consists of forests and mountains.
The village is divided into seven zones including the ethnic village zone which recreates the houses and living areas of different ethnic groups. The ethnic village zone is divided into four areas: the first area introduces the 28 ethnic groups of the northeast and northwest regions; the second one comprises the 18 ethnic groups of the Truong Son mountain range and the Central Highlands; the third features four ethnic groups: the Cham, the Khmer, the Cho Ro, and the Chu Ru and the fourth will highlight four more ethnic groups: the Kinh, the Hoa, the Ngai, and the San Diu.
Through cultural and artistic activities with rich and attractive content imbued with national culture, the village is expected to contribute to fostering the love of nature and the country among the people.
The village has become an attractive destination, particularly on occasion of the Lunar New Year. The village also meets the demands of healthy entertainment, sporting and arts activities for both domestic and foreign visitors.
In addition to the regular activities of ethnic minority groups, visitors can participate in events with specific themes, such as the National Great Unity Week, the Spring Festival during the Lunar New Year holiday, the Vietnamese Ethnic Groups Cultural Day, Ha Giang Culinary Culture Space, the Week of Heritages and Ethnic Solidarity, festivals, folk games, the program of making Banh Chung (square glutinous rice cake) for the poor and the performance of don ca tai tu (traditional musical art form of the south), etc.
Visitors to the village will have chances to take part in rural market displaying indigenous specialties, spices and authentic tourism products of the participating ethnic groups; taste signature dishes of Mong and Thai people, such as thang co (hotpot of horse meat), men men (steamed ground maize), corn wine, glutinous rice, grilled fish, roasted pig and chicken. They will also have an opportunity to enjoy traditional songs and dances, take part in folk games such as swing, spinning humming top and badminton, or try making handicraft products under the instruction of local artisans.
The Viet Nam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism has become an attractive destination for visitors in the capital and other provinces and cities to discover and relax on weekends and holidays. Visitors to the village can feel the peace and beauty of the villages with rice and corn full of terraced fields, boisterous laughter, folk songs and the color of traditional festivals.