A tourist takes photo next to a base of a wall painting in Tam Thanh commune (Photo: VNA)

Quang Nam (VNA) - Ten artists from the Republic of Korea have resumed painting a mural in the coastal Tam Thanh commune in Tam Ky city of Quang Nam province.

It is part of the Korea Foundation Community Art Exchange Programme.

It is two years since the team first started the project. They will now check on their earlier work and paint 20 new murals on other houses for the rest of this month.

The city’s administration said RoK artists turned the old walls of 100 houses in the commune into colourful murals, depicting portraits of villagers, local scenes and regional panoramas in the first stage in 2016.

A tourist selfie with a fishing market painting in Tam Thanh commune (Photo: VNA)

The commune then launched a community-based art space as part of a tourism development pilot project with an aim to promoting the commune into a favourite eco-tour site after UNESCO-recognised heritage sites Hoi An town, My Son Sanctuary and World biosphere Cham Island-Hoi An.

Tam Thanh village has a 6km coastline and a tranquil environment, and tourists can easily connect from there with Tam Ky and Hoi An city. It welcomes around 500 visitors each day, and 2,000 tourists on weekends.

Last year, the Tam Thanh art community village was awarded the 2017 Asian Townscape Award for its colourful murals in Fukuoka City, Japan.

A painting depicts a boy playing with paper airplane (Photo: VNA)

It’s also the first project in Vietnam that combines art space with community lifestyle.

Last year, artists from Singapore Technology and Design University, Vietnam’s Fine Arts Association, colleges in Hanoi and local painters joined painting on coracles for an exhibition in Tam Thanh commune.

Photographers from the Republic of Korea, the Philippines and Turkey had a photo trip to the commune for an exhibition in Seoul and other cities in 2017.-VNA