Coconut topping for Vietnam attraction

17th Jul 2013

Shell fragments from millions of coconuts have been used to make roofs for houses in an amazing new museum which opened in Vietnam last month.

Le Van Vinh used 3 million coconuts for three properties in his Vinahouse Space in central Quang Nam Province's Dien Ban District.

The new attraction is well within reach of tourists on group tours to the quaint, ancient town of Hoi An, being only around 7km (4.3 miles) or 15 minutes' bike ride away.

They are among dozens of centuries-old houses from the northern, southern and central regions, creating new tourist attractions in the 11,000sq m open museum.

The Space also features 2,000 wooden exhibits, including furniture, interior decorations, wood sculptures of old houses and farming and carpentry tools.

The roofs of properties of the ethnic Co Tu group, in the mountainous Tay Giang District in Quang Nam Province, have also enjoyed facelifts, created from millions of coconut shells, rather than traditional palm leaves, forging an individualistic decoration for the location.

The museum boasts a craft centre to showcase goods from nearby Kim Bong Village.

Vinh wants to promote Hoi An's carpentry and include local art performance. Cooking classes are already offered, proving the perfect introduction to the local cuisine.

Vinahouse Space is expecting a minimum 600 visitors a month.

Hoi An is a popular stop for backpackers on trekking holidays, and is well known for its traditional coloured lanterns, bespoke tailors, Japanese Covered Bridge and remarkable cultural sites such as the Quan Cong Temple.

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