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Vietnamese major spends a decade collecting cultural artifacts

Saturday, November 18, 2023, 13:40 GMT+7
Vietnamese major spends a decade collecting cultural artifacts
Dinh Van Bo and the artifacts he has collected. Photo: Duc Hung / Tuoi Tre

Major Dinh Van Bo, 36, from the general investigation team of Dak Glong District Police in Dak Nong Province, has spent the past ten years collecting cultural artifacts from ethnic groups in Vietnam's Central Highlands. 

In 2000, Bo and his family moved from the northern province of Thai Binh to settle down in the Central Highlands Province of Dak Nong.

His curiosity was aroused seeing local ethnic people regularly organizing cultural events and Bo eventually started to collect artifacts of the ethnic cultures ten years ago.

He has visited many villages and spent his money buying the artifacts.

Currently, he owns more than 1,000 items including ceramics, jewelries, musical instruments, weaving tools, weapons, and more.

The artifacts are dated back to dozens to 100 years ago.

Visitors pose for photos with the artifacts while visiting Bo's exhibition space in the Central Highlands Province of Dak Nong. Photo: Duc Hung / Tuoi Tre
Visitors pose for photos with the artifacts while visiting Bo's exhibition space in the Central Highlands Province of Dak Nong. Photo: Duc Hung / Tuoi Tre
Artifacts of the Central Highlands cultures are displayed at Bo’s place. Photo: Duc Hung / Tuoi Tre
Artifacts of the Central Highlands cultures are displayed at Bo’s place. Photo: Duc Hung / Tuoi Tre
Over 100-year-old Y Pyong from the M'nong ethnic group in Ka Nur Village, Quang Khe Commune, Dak Glong District, Dak Nong Province explains his group's traditional cultural features to Bo. Photo: Duc Hung / Tuoi Tre
Over 100-year-old Y Pyong from the M'nong ethnic group in Ka Nur Village, Quang Khe Commune, Dak Glong District, Dak Nong Province explains his group's traditional cultural features to Bo. Photo: Duc Hung / Tuoi Tre
Bo explains the story behind the artifacts to a young kid. Photo: Duc Hung / Tuoi Tre
Bo explains the story behind the artifacts to a young kid. Photo: Duc Hung / Tuoi Tre
Bo has collected around 200 earthenware jugs which were used to contain ‘rượu cần' (a type of traditional wine of some ethnic groups in Vietnam, consumed directly from the jugs by long tubes). Photo: Duc Hung / Tuoi Tre
Bo has collected around 200 earthenware jugs which were used to contain ‘rượu cần' (a type of traditional wine of some ethnic groups in Vietnam, consumed directly from the jugs by long tubes). Photo: Duc Hung / Tuoi Tre
Bo's place also welcomes students who come to learn about the cultures of ethnic groups in the Central Highlands through the artifacts he collected. Photo: Duc Hung / Tuoi Tre
Bo's place also welcomes students who come to learn about the cultures of ethnic groups in the Central Highlands through the artifacts he collected. Photo: Duc Hung / Tuoi Tre
Ancient jewelry and working tools are displayed at Bo’s place in the Central Highlands Province of Dak Nong. Photo: Duc Hung / Tuoi Tre
Ancient jewelry and working tools are displayed at Bo’s place in the Central Highlands Province of Dak Nong. Photo: Duc Hung / Tuoi Tre

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