Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, World Heritage

Dog of the Sea
gardien de la mer

postmarked in 2009 with two great Vietnam stamps

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there is a little more writing, but the stamp mark is over the words and smeared a little, even with a strong magnifying glass, I can't read it. :(

about the Viet Nam 4000 d stamp
BUU CHiNH (Vietnam Post) 2008

Dan Nguyet va Nhi (Ho day)

Dan Gguyet -
The đàn nguyệt is a two-stringed Vietnamese traditional musical instrument. It is used in both folk and classical music, and remains popular throughout Vietnam (although during the 20th century many Vietnamese musicians increasingly gravitated toward the acoustic and electric guitar).

The đàn nguyệt's strings, formerly made of twisted silk, are today generally made of nylon or fishing line. They are kept at a fairly low tension in comparison to the guitar and other European plucked instruments. This, and the instrument's raised frets, allow for the bending tones which are so important to the proper interpretation of Vietnamese traditional music. Such bending tones are produced by pressing the string toward the neck rather than bending to the side. The strings are generally plucked with a small plectrum; often a plastic guitar pick is used.

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