The ao dai or the traditional dress is a unique costume kind and one of the symbols of Vietnamese people. If you are interested in this costume kind, come to Ao Dai Museum in Ho Chi Minh City. This is the second private museum among the 12 Museums in Ho Chi Minh City and worth a visit.
Opening hours: 8:30 – 17:30 daily
Address: 206/19/30 Long Thuan Street, Phuong Long Phuoc, District 9, Ho Chi Minh City. The museum is about 22 km from District 1, this might be the only minus of this attraction.
Entrance fee: 100,000 VND
Location and history
Ao Dai Museum is built in Long Phuoc Ward, District 9, Ho Chi Minh City, only 30 minutes going by motorbike from the city center. The museum campus is located in a space of 20,000 m2. The scenery surrounding the museum building is very beautiful. Coming here, visitors feel like that they are in Mekong Delta, which is surrounded by water coconut trees, canals, bamboo bridges, rice fields, lotus ponds and rivers.
The museum belongs to a famous Vietnamese designer named Sy Hoang. It was established with the aim of helping both domestic and foreign tourists to learn about the Vietnamese traditional dress culture. After spending 12 years nurturing a desire for building an ao dai museum, his dream does come true.
Architecture and display artifacts
The museum was designed in a longhouse-style with wooden frame and yin and yang tile roofs. The wood was brought back from Central Vietnam and the house was built by Kim Bong craftsmen. On the right (following the entrance), the Vietnamese traditional dresses are displayed in each period, from ancient time to modern times. These dresses were owned by kings, royal members, artists and famous actors, etc. In addition, the stories surrounding these dresses and their owners are also emphasized.
On the left is the display of the dresses associated with Vietnamese women, who had made great contributions in the political and social fields in the 20th century. Among these figures are Women General Nguyen Thi Dinh, Nguyen Thi Binh Diplomatist, Ton Nu Thi Ninh diplomatist, Bach Tuyet artist, Tra Giang film actress, Professor – Doctor Nguyen Thi Ngoc Phuong, Minh Hanh designer. In the present, the museum stores over 1,000 the Vietnamese traditional dresses and over 3,000 photos of women.
Coming to Ao Dai Museum, besides enjoying the charming water river view, admiring the ao dai from time to time, visitors can also experience the stages of designing, drawing, embroidering and choose the beautiful dresses to try on.