Vault murals officially inaugurated hinh anh 1With this art project, for the first time contemporary art has been brought to the street level for the community to directly engage with art honouring Hanoi’s rich heritage. (Photo: VNS)

Hanoi (VNA) – Artists of Vietnam and the Republic of Korea worked together to turn the walls of the railway viaduct on Phung Hung Street in downtown Hanoi into pieces of art.

The street, pedestrian-only, will be a destination for tourists and local people during the Lunar New Year celebrations, with numerous cultural and entertainment activities and folk games.

The murals are the result of an art project to renovate Phung Hung Street and introduce art into urban areas which began in August last year. Behind the project was the Hoan Kiem District People’s Committee, UN-Habitat and the Korea Foundation. The topics for the paintings are memories of old Hanoi and Vietnamese culture.

The railroad viaduct starts from the Phung Hung - Tran Phu crossroads and runs to Long Bien Train Station, passing through Phung Hung and Gam Cau streets. The viaduct is part of the historic Long Bien Bridge, built in 1899-1902 by French architects. - VNA