Xoan singing

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Xoan singing of the northern midland province of Phu Tho is a folk ritual singing performed in temples and communal houses to worship the Hung Kings, the legendary founders of the Vietnamese nation, deities, or a village's tutelary gods.

Hanoi group active in spreading Vietnamese heritage values

Founded by fine arts researcher Nguyen Duc Binh, the Dinh Lang Viet (Vietnamese Communal House) group gathers those who love Vietnam’s cultural heritage.

Vietnam’s UNESCO-recognised intangible cultural heritage

Vietnam possesses an array of intangible cultural heritages that have been recognized by UNESCO.

Vietnam's unique cultural heritage

November 23 is Vietnam’s Cultural Heritage Day which aims to promote and honour the values of unique cultural heritage elements of Vietnam.

Xoan singing – the miraculous revival

Xoan singing, a traditional ritual art form, is believed to date back to the time of the Hung kings (2890 BC to 250 BC) in the ancestral land of Phu Tho.

Xoan singing enlivens Hung Kings Festival 2019

Xoan singing of Phu Tho province was recognized by UNESCO as a World Intangible Cultural Heritage in late 2017.


Folk singing a tourism hit

 VietNamNet Bridge – Among the dozens of tours being offered from Hanoi to the northern province of Phu Tho, tours to hear xoan folk singing has been among the best-selling for various travel agencies.

Woman leads xoan guild, in a 4,000-year first

 VietNamNet Bridge – The ancient rules of Xoan singing state that only a man can hold the position of trum phuong xoan (head of xoan singing guild).

Group fights to preserve communal houses

VietNamNet Bridge – Centuries-old communal houses have gone underappreciated, but a group of history lovers wants to help popularise the structures’ cultural and aesthetic values.  

UNESCO nomination for Xoan singing to be submitted before March 31

 The nomination paper for Xoan singing to be recognised as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity must be submitted to UNESCO before March 31.

Xoan singing to be removed from list of heritages needing urgent safeguarding

Xoan singing, a folk cultural product of people in the northern province of Phu Tho, no longer needs to be regarded as an intangible cultural heritage in need of urgent safeguarding after four years of preserving and promoting cultural values

Xoan singing still going strong after 4,000 years

 VietNamNet Bridge – Phu Tho Province's cultural authority has said the introduction of xoan singing in schools will play a major role in preserving and promoting the provincial heritage.

Phu Tho saves ancient singing from oblivion

 VietNamNet Bridge – A massive effort by villagers in the northern Province of Phu Tho has not only rescued the ancient form of dinh (community hall) singing, but also guided the way for similar efforts to save other parts of Vietnamese culture.

Researcher drafts solutions to revive “xoan” singing

Cultural researcher Vu Kim Bien from northern Phu Tho province has submitted an over 80-page manuscript to local authorities featuring ancient “xoan” singing. 

Vi-Giam singing becomes intangible cultural heritage of humanity

 VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam’s Nghe Tinh Vi-Giam folk singing was officially recognised by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity at the 9th session of its Inter-governmental Committee

Vi-Giam folk singing nominated as UNESCO intangible heritage

 VietNamNet Bridge – The Nghe Tinh Vi-Giam folk singing of Vietnam is amongst 46 nominations for UNESCO’s recognition as the world intangible cultural heritages of humanity at the UN body’s upcoming session.

Proposal seeks UNESCO heritage status for Bai choi singing

 VietNamNet Bridge – Bai choi singing in the central provinces of Binh Dinh, Phu Yen and Quang Nam was listed as a national intangible cultural heritage in late August,

Gov't preserves xoan singing

VietNamNet Bridge – The Government has allocated US$ 7.85 million in an effort to encourage artisans, amateur singers and young people in the northern province of Phu Tho to preserve xoan singing.  

Phu Tho’s Xoan singing introduced to schools

 Bringing Xoan singing into schools has been recognised as an effective way of keeping the traditional art form in the hearts and minds of local people in the northern province of Phu Tho, its cradle.