This Country Life

Vietnam is still a highly agrarian society with eighty percent of the population living in rural villages scattered throughout the lowlands of Chau Doc, the mountainous areas in Dalat and the coastal line running along Hoi An. The countryside is filled with bamboo-hedged villages, beautiful patchworks of green paddies, hard-working farmers in their conical hats, and water buffaloes. They live in a small community with a temple or a communal cultural house where great events, such as festivals worshipping the village god and traditional games are organized. Unlike life in the countryside which is often considered to be simple and traditional, life in the city is modern and complicated.

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Images by Quinn Ryan Mattingly

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