No Vietnamese New Year party is complete without a tray of mut, or candied fruits and vegetables.
According to a Vietnamese folk tale, banh giay gio was invented by a prince named Lang Lieu. As a way to determine his successor, the prince's father had instructed his many sons to find the most delicious foods in the world.
Water puppetry originated in the northern Vietnam Delta during the Ly Dynasty (1010-1225). Chronologically speaking, it is considered an ancient art form which is on the brink of extinction. Today, water puppetry is preserved by a few artists who are passionate about Vietnam's traditional art, some of whom have decided to bring water puppetry from rural to urban areas.
Established as the capital of unified Viet Nam in 1802, Hué was not only the political but also the cultural and religious centre under the Nguyen Dynasty until 1945. 13 Emperors ruled the country from the forbidden city.