Photo du Jour: Selling Floating Paper Lanterns in Hoi An, Vietnam

An evening stroll along the riverside in Hoi An, Vietnam, produces a number of fascinating images, to include this one of a floating lantern vendor. For just 20,000 Vietnamese Dong, or $1 USD, we launched yellow and red lanterns out into the wide open water.

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Photography & text © Tricia A. Mitchell. All Rights Reserved.

4 thoughts on “Photo du Jour: Selling Floating Paper Lanterns in Hoi An, Vietnam

    1. Victor, the lanterns offered to visitors in Hoi An are mostly for decorative (and commercial) reasons. Our vendor spoke enough English for the transaction, but wasn’t able to share the story behind the lanterns. Like you, I’ve also heard that lanterns are released to guide spirits to a final and happy resting place – one of many beautiful spiritual practices we’ve witnessed here in Asia!

    1. This was a spot that I’ve so enjoyed visiting every night while here in Hoi An; we bought paper lanterns from this woman two nights in a row. With the warm glow of candle-lit lanterns on the water, and vibrant lanterns on buildings, it is such a romantic city!

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