Throughout our travels, we have started to recognize the color turquoise and other variations of it as a kind of international color. Maybe we just like to photograph this color, so we’re looking for it, but it seems that finding a turquoise painted wall is not so uncommon in places like Nicaragua, Chile, Uganda, Egypt, Russia, Indonesia and so many more. We’re traveling, so we don’t have our whole collection of photos to post turquoise from around the world, although, maybe we’ll do that in a future post.
Vietnam is no exception in the prominence of turquoise. In fact, we did get the lowdown on why so many homes, especially rural homes in Vietnam have the interiors painted turquoise. For many years here the government sanctioned everything, including paint. So, if someone needed interior paint, there was exactly one option, turquoise. It also seems, they used this paint for many other things including exteriors and boats as well. I guess the advantage is you don’t have to fuss with paint chips and try to remember if it supposed to look darker or lighter in a large scale. Although the people now have painting “free will”, many are comfortable with it and it remains a very popular color in Vietnam.