THE PRECIOUS HERITAGE MUSEUM
The Precious Heritage Museum and Art Gallery is home to the permanent exhibition of Réhahn’s Precious Heritage Collection. While transporting you to the furthest reaches of Vietnam, the collection will unveil the rich cultural tapestry of the ethnic tribes.
Discover striking portraits, stories, and heirlooms that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Both a celebration and a call for conservation, this free museum, the only one of its kind, is a labor of love and respect. It stands as a testament to the connection, appreciation and importance Réhahn feels for these remarkable tribes.
Five rooms spanning over 500 sqm in a 19th century French house, present hundreds of portraits, over 60 costumes, tribal songs and a sense of wonderment. As you visit each room, you can follow Réhahn on his nearly decade-long journey to document the 54 ethnic tribes and their subgroups left in the country.
In the museum, Réhahn can be found sharing his adventures with visitors, signing books and promoting the beauty and enchanting diversity of Vietnam. He hopes to bring attention to the changing path of ethnic tradition by sharing the essence of the people who have revolutionized his career.
The Fine Art Room
The Fine Art room will be your ﬁrst stop on your journey through our museum. Here, you will be met by all of Réhahn’s most iconic and bestselling photographs. Many of these images are very personal to the French photographer and mark signiﬁcant turning points in his career, vision and development as an artist.
The Indigo Room
The newest addition to the museum is a room that will truly take you on a voyage “Into the Land of Indigo”.
The ﬁrst thing you will notice upon entering the room is that the walls are painted the deepest blue. This is no ordinary paint. It is, in fact, the very same indigo dye that is used by ethnic groups such as the Dao, Nung, Hmong and the La Chi to create their incredibly rich blue textiles. Explanatory texts in the Indigo Room will teach you about the tribe’s sustainable process for making this non-toxic “paint” as well as textile techniques that have been passed down for centuries such as hemp harvesting and batik design. These techniques are an integral part of the culture, heritage, and in some cases, livelihood of these ethnic groups.
Indigo-dyed handicrafts and full-color portraits of the incredible women who spend their lives creating heritage textiles are on display in the room. Take a moment to browse through the products and pause over a cup of K’Ho coffee. For an incredible ﬂavor, you can sweeten the coffee with organic honey harvested by the Co Tu tribe in the central highland mountains. Come and immerse yourself in the stories and remarkable traditions of Vietnam for an unforgettable experience in the Land of Indigo.
Northern Vietnam is a breathtaking destination. Réhahn travelled to the furthest reaches of the country to photograph tribes such as the Cong whose cultural heritage was largely left behind when they migrated from Laos to Vietnam. He’s been sung to by the Si La, whose silver coin lined costumes are said to bring good luck.
He’s met the Dao and the Pu Peo, the Kho Mu and the Flower Hmong, each ethnicity differing from one another in language, skills or traditional costumes. The Northern region can be a difficult land to travel through and even more so to live in but the beauty, colors and contrasts of these mountainous villages draw Réhahn back again and again.
Central And Southern Vietnam
Many areas of Central and Southern Vietnam where the ethnic groups live have remained inaccessible to foreigners. Réhahn has worked tirelessly over the years to obtain entry into these remote regions. One highlight was having the privilege of meeting the O Du, the smallest ethnic group in Vietnam at only 376 people.
Since Réhahn lives in Central Vietnam, he is able to visit with some of these ethnic groups regularly and he can see how the modernity of the outside world is changing their paths. This section of the museum is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the people and their traditional costumes, many of which are no longer being made.