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Fine Arts Museum information
Hanoi’s excellent Fine Arts Museum is housed in two buildings that were once the French Ministry of Information. Artistic treasures from Vietnam abound, including ancient Champa stone carvings and some astonishing effigies of Guan Yin, the thousand-eyed, thousand-armed goddess of compassion. Reproductions of antiques are available, but ask for a certificate to clear these goods through customs when you leave Vietnam.
Look out too for the remarkable lacquered-wood statues of robed Buddhist monks from the Tay Son dynasty. There’s also a large collection of contemporary art and folk-naive paintings.