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Mekong Delta man fills house with thousands of vintage items, antiques

Saturday, October 03, 2020, 12:17 GMT+7
Mekong Delta man fills house with thousands of vintage items, antiques

A man from Vietnam’s Mekong Delta has become known for his house filled with thousands of vintage items and antiques.

Last month, Pham Van Hai, 36, living in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho, opened his two-story house for visitors to see the unique building and thousands of items displayed inside and outside of it.

The house, covering an area of hundreds of square meters down an alley on Xuan Hong Street in Binh Thuy District’s Long Tuyen Ward, is also the place for Hai to exchange experience with people who share his love of antiques.

Hai developed his interest in vintage things years ago after he visited coffee shops where antique collectors and traders often gathered.

During the past three years, the man has spent time searching for vintage items, including antiquities dating back nearly a century.

Hai has also asked his friends across Vietnam to help look for more items to add to his collection.

“So far I've owned more than 5,000 pieces,” he said.

According to Hai, many of the items displayed in his house date back to nearly 100 years ago.

“After years of collecting things, I cannot remember how much [money] I have spent,” Hai admitted.

“However, that’s not what I really care about.

"I bought them because of my hobby and I welcome everyone sharing the same hobby to visit me and enjoy seeing them."

Below are photos capturing vintage items and antiques displayed in Hai’s house in Can Tho City:

Pham Van Hai showcases an antique which used to be displayed at the traditional craft village festival in the central city of Hue in 2009 by the UNESCO Vietnam’s center for antique research and conservation. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre

Pham Van Hai showcases an antique which used to be displayed in a traditional craft village festival in the central city of Hue in 2009 by the UNESCO Vietnam center for antique research and conservation. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre

A set of bowls and dishes made in 1967 is displayed in the house of Pham Van Hai in Can Tho City in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre

A set of bowls and dishes made in 1967 is displayed in the house of Pham Van Hai in Can Tho City, located in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre

Vintage incense burners and lamps are displayed on the first floor of Pham Van Hai’s house in Can Tho City in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre

Vintage incense burners and lamps are displayed on the first floor of Pham Van Hai’s house in Can Tho City, located in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre

Vintage lamps are hung in the house of Pham Van Hai in the southern city of Can Tho. Photo: Chi Hanh/ Tuoi Tre

Vintage lamps are hung in the house of Pham Van Hai in the southern city of Can Tho. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre

Vintage flower vases are displayed on a wall in the house of Pham Van Hai in Can Tho City in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre

Vintage flower vases are displayed on a wall in the house of Pham Van Hai in Can Tho City in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre

Vintage vases are displayed on a wall in the house of Pham Van Hai in Can Tho City in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre

Vintage vases are displayed on a wall in the house of Pham Van Hai in Can Tho City in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre

Jars of ancient coins are seen in the house of Pham Van Hai in Can Tho City in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre

Jars of ancient coins are seen in the house of Pham Van Hai in Can Tho City in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre

Vintage lamps are hung in the house of Pham Van Hai in the southern city of Can Tho. Photo: Chi Hanh/ Tuoi Tre

Vintage lamps are hung in the house of Pham Van Hai in the southern city of Can Tho. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre

Vintage items are displayed in the house of Pham Van Hai in the southern city of Can Tho. Photo: Chi Hanh/ Tuoi Tre

Vintage items are displayed in the house of Pham Van Hai in the southern city of Can Tho. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre

Precious and rare ceramic items are kept in glass cabinets in the house of Pham Van Hai in the southern city of Can Tho. Photo: Chi Hanh/ Tuoi Tre

Precious and rare ceramic items are kept in glass cabinets in the house of Pham Van Hai in the southern city of Can Tho. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre

Jars dating back to over 100 years ago are displayed in the house of Pham Van Hai in the southern city of Can Tho. Photo: Chi Hanh/ Tuoi Tre

Jars dating back to over 100 years ago are on display in the house of Pham Van Hai in the southern city of Can Tho. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre

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