“I created the first architectural model of Hà Nội two years ago. It was the front of an old French villa,” he said.
“I now have four models in my Vietnamese architecture collection. I have captured scenes that people can spot everywhere in Hà Nội, such as vendor stalls or temples.”
His grandfather’s stall, a temple in Hà Nội’s Old Quarter, or a 1990s living room during Tết (the Lunar New Year holiday), which are all part of his childhood, have been intricately built to make sure every minute detail is captured.
“One model was inspired by the living room in my home in the 1990s when I was small,” he explained. “All of the equipment in the house was assembled from very tiny pieces.”
“For example, a TV was not available, so was created from many other details, such as a window frame or even the rings of a character in the Lord of the Rings model.”
“The model that was the most time-consuming was a temple with a banyan tree sprouting from its walls.”
“Trees are difficult to create with LEGO because the pieces are mostly square in shape.”
“It’s easy to make straight lines but hard to make curves.”
Almost all of his models are of ancient buildings. So to add to their historical value, he seeks out old items.
“To give a model some historical values, I try to find old pieces produced in the 1980s or 1990s and not currently available,” he said.
“Việt Nam’s LEGO creators are still few in number -- maybe 10 nationwide -- and little known around the world.”
“Creating our own LEGO models is a new hobby. Normally, people tend to buy models from a shop to assemble.”
“But LEGO really has the ability to create something beyond existing models, simply based on the creator’s imagination.”
Hoàng hopes his work can help spread Vietnamese culture and build a positive image of the country worldwide.
“At first, making LEGO models was just my hobby,” he said.
“But when international friends found out about my models, I was very happy, and I really hope that these models can contribute to spreading an image of Hà Nội and Việt Nam in general to the world.”
“And I hope that, in the future, international LEGO creators will have the chance to come here to visit and see the models for themselves.” VNS
History of LEGO
LEGO was created in 1932 by a carpenter, Ole Kirk Christiansen, in Denmark. In 1949, LEGO produced its first plastic bricks -- precursors to its signature interlocking bricks.
Five interesting facts about LEGO
1. The name “LEGO” comes from the first two letters of the Danish words LEG GODT, meaning “play well”.
2. The biggest and most expensive commercial LEGO set comes from the Star Wars universe -- Star Wars Millennium Falcon.
3. The amount of LEGO bricks sold in a year would reach around the world more than five times.
4. You can make an actual house using LEGO bricks.
5. The tallest LEGO tower in the world was built in Milan in 2015 and is over 34.47 metres tall.