Hue Grit Art Tour

Our guide takes you on a modern arts tour of Hue reflecting on the past 200 years of Vietnamese art history.

Vietnam art tour
  • Start time: 08:00 or 13:00
  • Duration: ~ 4 Hours
  • Location: Hue, Vietnam
  • Included: Transport and Entry Fees
  • Number of Guests: 2 - 4 People (private parties may include more guests)

What is This Tour About?

  • Take our curated tour that explores the art history of Vietnam and some meet contemporary artists of today.
  • Our art tour uses a combination of academic papers, electronic apps and live interviews to give you a better understanding of art in Vietnam.
  • Visit a variety of locations from museums, workshops and open spaces.

Vietnamese art is often overlooked when considering the various arts produced in South East Asia. With the Hue Grit Art Tour, we intend to disprove this false conception as well as give an enriching account of Vietnamese modern history through an itinerary of locations exhibiting some of the country’s most exemplary artworks. This tour is the result of months of research made up of both primary and secondary research,

Where We Go

We’ll explore the prominence of confucianism, buddhism and daoism in Nguyen royal art forms and folk artisanry of 19th century Hue.

After gaining full control of Vietnam, French colonists exerted their influence in all aspects of life, not least in arts and the humanities. We’ll reflect how western artforms transformed artisans to artists.

In 1955, Vietnam was split in two. North Vietnam adopted the Soviet artform  socialist realism to galvanise its population. South Vietnam flirted with trending western artforms which brought an intuitive understanding of the self and individualisation. We’ll assess both artforms as they were treated in their respective regions in Hue.

After reunification in 1975, Vietnam went through periods of internalisation and subsequently globalisation. We’ll reflect on art during these periods and artists came to encompass identity and personal-social issues within their artworks including introductions to artists that are based in Hue today.

The Details - How to Prepare for the Tour

All costs for entry fees, transport and drinks are covered on this tour.

Unless you have paid for your tour in advance, please prepare the tour fee to pay at the meeting point. We only accept Vietnamese Dong. If you have any trouble with converting cash or finding an ATM, please let us know in advance and we will give you advice for this.

We have been told to encourage the vendors we visit to suit our clients but that goes against our ‘staged authenticity’ principle.

We’re keeping it real!

That means some of our locations are minimal on facilities such as WCs and air conditioning. Furthermore, hygiene can be below western expectations. Most people are not troubled by this while others bring hand sanitizer and toilet paper. 

Our lovely hosts are great at facilitating their guests and do what they can and we will also do our best to point out available facilities at each location.

All transport is included in the tour. Please let us know where you are staying. We will arrange a pick-up time approximately 30 minutes before the tour begins.

This is a carefully curated tour crafted after reading endless publications and consulting advise from local experts. After the end of every tour, we will send you a bibliography of texts for guests interested in further reading.


  • Prepare tour fee in advance (if not prepaid)
  • Hand sanitizer (if you wish)
  • Tansport arrangements
  • Grit!