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  •  Available in small classes
  •  Guided by local experts
  •  Fluent in English
  •  Direct chat with local guide before the trip
  •  24/7 customer service
  •  FREE cancellation - 48 hrs notice
Things to do in Hanoi

Paper mask making workshop

  • 2 hours in total

  • Offered in English

  • Meetup at a desingated location

What To Expect

The traditional paper masks, as distinct and recognizable as the full moon during the Mid-Autumn festival, has for years been a favorite traditional toy among Vietnamese children. During the night of the festival, gleeful children parade around the neighborhood wearing colorful paper masks as they carry with them bobbing lanterns to illuminate the streets - a sort of trick or treat equivalent during Halloween. Families join in the celebration while the young ones bring life to the artfully crafted masks that are at once both colorful and representative of the festivities of the night.

The tradition of wearing paper masks is cherished and endeared tradition among the locals. Entirely handmade and always lingering with the faint smell of paper and glue, the locals love the simplicity of this the tradition which dates back many centuries. Alas, it is now a dying art where modern toys are replacing this age-old tradition. In this exclusive visit, you will have access to a special gem in the backstreets of Hanoi's Old Quarters and make your own paper masks with the only remaining couple to still continue the tradition.

Note: The paper masks that you create will take a day or two to dry under the sun depending on the weather. While you will learn how to make one, the masks that you will eventually paint on and take home with you will be a ready-made handmade mask that has already been dried. So what of your mask? Think about it, some child in Hanoi will wear your mask when it is eventually sold in the market.

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  • A chance to create a traditional mask in Hanoi's Old Quarter.
  • A hands-on look at the centuries-old custom, now a dying art.
  • An opportunity to learn about the important Mid-Autumn Festival.
  • Painting handmade mask—a favorite toy of Vietnamese children.
  • Working with one of the few craftsmen continuing the custom.


  • The workshop is opened every day.
  • Please choose one of these following class hours.
    • 09:00 AM
    • 10:00 AM
    • 11:00 AM
    • 12:00 PM
    • 01:00 PM
    • 02:00 PM
  • Exact location will be confirmed after reservation.
  • Do not wear clothes that you wouldn't want paint accidentally drop on.

What's included

  • Professional English-speaking teacher
  • Paper mask
  • Painting colors

What's not included

  • Pick-up and drop-off services
  • 7% service fee
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Other activities not mentioned in the program
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