Dong Ho paintings (Source:

The dossier will seek UNESCO’s inclusion of the making of Dong Ho folk paintings in the list of intangible cultural heritage in need of urgent safeguarding.

Accordingly, implementing Document 1918/BVHTTDL-DSVH dated May 10th, 2018 on agreeing to make dossier on the making of Dong Ho painting to submit to UNESCO, Bac Ninh provincial People’s Committee directed the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism to cooperate with the Vietnam Institute of Culture and Arts Studies to compile the dossier according to regulations and guidelines of the UNESCO Convention 2003.

After receiving comments, additions and corrections, the dossier has been completed in accordance with regulations and submitted to the Standing Committee of the National Cultural Heritage Council.

Dong Ho painting is a wood-block painting genre created by residents in Dong Ho village of Song Ho commune, Thuan Thanh district. The paintings vividly reflect the traditional agricultural society, along with the life and practices of rural Vietnamese people.

In the past, there were 17 clans in Dong Ho village engaging in the trade. After 1945, folk painting genres like Dong Ho, Hang Trong and Kim Hoang gradually fell into oblivion. In 1990, some local artisans began collecting old paintings and wood-blocks in an effort to revive the Dong Ho painting genre.

At present, the making of Dong Ho folk paintings has been recovered and has its values upheld in the contemporary life. It was recognised as part of the national intangible cultural heritage in 2013./.

Compiled by BTA