Hanoi Weekend: Cat Adoption Day and Korean Food Fair


Hanoi’s weekend is set to be a vibrant mix of culture and leisure, featuring lacquer art, cat adoption opportunities, cultural exhibits, Korean cuisine, and a relaxed socializing event. Whether you’re a resident or a tourist, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this bustling Vietnamese city during the weekend. Here’s a breakdown of the exciting events happening in Hanoi this weekend:

“Moon” Lacquer Paintings: A Celestial Art Exhibition

The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Japan-Vietnam Diplomatic Relations with “Moon,” an art exhibition by Saeko Ando, opening this weekend.

Saeko Ando, a Japanese artist residing in Vietnam since 1995, has mastered lacquer painting, blending traditional Vietnamese techniques with artistry. “Moon” highlights the celestial body in various phases, seasons, and colors, paired with waka poems selected by Saeko.

The exhibition runs from September 10 to October 1, daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with free admission. The event is being held at the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam, located at 27 Quang Trung Street, Hoan Kiem District.

Cat Adoption Day: Find Your Feline Friend

Meo Haus Cat Cafe is hosting a cat adoption day in Hanoi this weekend at its location. Cat enthusiasts can attend by purchasing a VND90,000 ($3.70) combo package, which includes unlimited tea refills and the chance to meet cats in need of loving homes.

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Guests are kindly asked to adhere to certain guidelines, including supervising children under 13, refraining from bringing outside animals, food, or drinks, sanitizing hands, and removing shoes before entering cat playrooms. The event observes a maximum occupancy of 20 individuals per room and encourages patience and gentleness when interacting with the cats.

In addition, key rings and stationery items will be available for purchase, with all proceeds supporting nearly 200 dogs and cats in need through Hanoi Pet Adoption, a volunteer group founded in 2015 that is committed to rescuing, rehoming, and advocating for responsible pet ownership.

The event is scheduled for September 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Meo Haus Cat Cafe, situated at 28D Pham Hong Thai Street, Ba Dinh District.

Singapore – Vietnam 50-10 Exhibition: A Cultural Extravaganza

“Huu Nghi: Singapore & Vietnam 50-10” is an art exhibition commemorating 50 years of diplomatic relations and 10 years of strategic partnership between Singapore and Vietnam.

This impressive exhibition is organized and curated by Maya Gallery (Singapore) and Chau & Co Gallery (Vietnam), with support from the Singapore Embassy in Vietnam.

The exhibition will feature diverse artworks reflecting the cultures and histories of both nations. It highlights the talents of 14 artists from Vietnam and Singapore, including various mediums such as painting, photography, ceramics, and sculpture.

The event is open to the public and free of charge, making it a must-visit. It will take place from September 10 to 14, at the Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum, located at 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Ba Dinh District.

K FOOD Fair 2023: A Korean Culinary Extravaganza

After a five-year hiatus, the Korean Food Festival – K FOOD Fair 2023 is making a triumphant return to Hanoi. This event presents an excellent opportunity to savor authentic Korean cuisine and explore a variety of Korean fruits at nearly 50 stalls.

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The highlight of this festival is the Vietnamese-Korean Music Festival, featuring captivating performances by talented singers. Additionally, don’t miss the grand finale of the K-pop K-Dance Party Dance Cover contest.

The event is scheduled for September 9 and 10, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., at the Kingdom of Light Square, situated at Vinhomes Ocean Park 2.

Sundown Weekend: Savor the Sunset in Style

TÁCH SPACES invites you to savor the beauty of sundown at their weekly event, “Sundown Weekend” this Saturday.

Attendees can relish the stunning sunset while enjoying a variety of cocktails, including Old Fashioneds, Cuba Libres, Gold Rushes, and more. To complement the beverage offerings, a delectable array of dishes like BBQ skewers, pan-fried dumplings, and TÁCH’s signature fried potatoes will be available.

The event is scheduled for September 9, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at TÁCH SPACES, located at 20 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hoan Kiem District. The cost for the combo free-flow is VND450,000 ($18.70) per person.


Hanoi’s weekend is brimming with cultural celebrations, artistic exhibitions, culinary delights, and opportunities to make a positive impact by adopting a cat in need. Whether you’re an art enthusiast, a foodie, or simply looking for a relaxing weekend experience, Hanoi has it all.

So, mark your calendar and make the most of your weekend in this vibrant and culturally rich city. With a diverse range of events, Hanoi ensures that there’s something for everyone to enjoy.


1. How much does it cost to attend the “Moon” lacquer paintings exhibition?

  • Admission to the “Moon” lacquer paintings exhibition is free.
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2. Can I adopt a cat at the Cat Adoption Day event without purchasing the combo package?

  • The combo package includes the opportunity to meet cats and unlimited tea refills. It is advisable to purchase the package to support the event’s cause.

3. What is the theme of the Singapore – Vietnam 50-10 exhibition?

  • The exhibition commemorates 50 years of diplomatic relations and 10 years of strategic partnership between Singapore and Vietnam.

4. Are there any admission fees for the Singapore – Vietnam 50-10 exhibition?

  • No, the exhibition is open to the public and free of charge.

5. How much does the combo free-flow cost at the Sundown Weekend event?

  • The combo free-flow at the Sundown Weekend event costs VND450,000 ($18.70) per person.