Most visitors to Canh Duong village are amazed by dazzling 3D paintings on walls alongside the road from the village house to beaches.
Canh Duong's murals were created by a group of young people whose desire was to give a chance for local people to develop tourism and create artistic values at the same time through their brainchild project, "Future Mural."
After getting advice from the Department of Culture and Sports, the group has covered more than 500m2 with nearly 20 paintings so far, using funds from many sources, especially from the Quang Binh Department of Tourism. The paintings run from the communal house where the ancestors are worshipped to the craft village of Canh Duong commune.
The murals created in the village were planned in themes that highlight its traditions, including fishing and locals' love for whales, dolphins and other marine life.
With the murals, the provincial Department of Tourism plans to list the village among the top destinations in the province, along with such hotspots as the world's biggest cave Son Doong.
The department will combine the murals and other local cultural identities, including ancient housing fences made with coral, a whale worshipping temple and a festival wishing for bumper catches of fish.
The residents are proud of the lively murals. Along the 100m road of the fishing village appear 20 3D paintings. All the happenings during wartime and peacetime, the environment, and daily life were carefully painted.
The murals are painted directly on the walls or fences. With great care, the artists have depicted stories from the founding and development of the village to its historical traditions or the beauty of the revolutionary heroism in the resistance war of Canh Duong villagers. There are “Canh Duong – Steel fortress,” “The guerrillas with raised guns” and many more.
Along with those topics there are murals depicting the natural scenery and fishing life of villagers. This theme includes paintings such as the fish market in the early morning, boats that are steady in the middle of the sea and fishermen casting their nets at dawn.
There are also murals describing the marine cultural traditions such as the boat racing festival on the Loan river and a fishing festival. There are murals telling unique humanitarian stories about the relationship between villagers in Canh Duong with nature, which nurtures them their whole life. There are paintings about fish, shrimp, coral, snails, moss, and even fairy tales related to the sea.
There are old houses with coral stone, moss-covered walls which suddenly become strangely attractive when visitors pay their visit to Canh Duong.
Canh Duong is an ancient village with 400 years of history. The village has twice been honored by the State with the title Hero of the Armed Forces against the French and the American respectively. In composing his song "My hometown Quang Binh," musician Hoang Van called Canh Duong "a homeland facing the waves."
Canh Duong still retains many typical architectural, cultural, and religious features of a central coastal village like the hundred-year-old coral fences, the ancestral house where people worship the two gigantic whale skeletons, and a unique whale cemetery.
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