About Us Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations of India set up a cultural centre in Hanoi in September 2016. The centre was inaugurated on 20th April 2017 by MoS for External Affairs, Gen. V.K. Singh and the Deputy/Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam, Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Thien. The cultural centre was renamed as Swami Vivekananda Cultural Center (SVCC) in August 2018, to mark the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s famous Chicago speech in 1893.

The Centre promotes cultural linkages between India and Vietnam by organizing cultural programmes, seminars, photo exhibitions, film screenings, lectures, workshops in varied areas such as Yoga, Indian classical dance, art and philosophy, Hindi and Sanskrit languages, traditional medicine, our shared Buddhist and Cham heritage with Vietnam, etc. 

The Centre’s library has a collection of over 2,500 books, magazines and a number of CDs and DVDs on various aspects of Indian art, culture, nature, tourism and many more. The core collection includes books on well-known Indian luminaries like Guru Nanak, Sant Tukaram, Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Kuvempu and Suryakanth Tripathi Nirala. The subjects are varied such as Buddhism, art, iconography, culture, history, philosophy, dharma, literature, sports, films, politics and foreign policy of India. The library also has a children’s section that displays books on stories of ancient times and new Indian hero’s, heroines from Amar Chitra Katha series. The books are mainly available in three languages: English, Hindi and Vietnamese.

SVCC works to promote and nurture friendship between India and Vietnam through enhanced understanding of India among the people of Vietnam. To this end, SVCC strives to strengthen cooperation with local friendship and academic organizations including institutes promoting Indian studies, Universities, National Library of Vietnam, and regional/national friendship associations through various outreach events.

SVCC also organizes cultural events covering various aspects of Indian culture and history including art, dance, literature, festivals, national personalities, freedom movement etc. Promotion of Yoga is also an important part of SVCC’s activities including organizing events to mark the International Day of Yoga every year. SVCC also focusses on highlighting historical, cultural and civilizational linkages between India and Vietnam. These include organizing events related to the Cham and Oc Eo traditions of Vietnam which have significant Indian influences. The cultural restoration work of Cham temple complexes being undertaken by Government of India at the UNESCO World Heritage site at My Son is a prime example of this cultural connection between India and Vietnam. The Cham Museum at Da Nang also houses many artifacts showcasing Indian cultural imprint in Vietnam.

Strengthening India-Vietnam Buddhist linkages is also a key focus of SVCC. For this, SVCC proactively engages with Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, Vietnam University of Buddhism, and other important institutions to revitalize and promote Buddhist linkages between the two countries. SVCC also collaborates with Buddhist organisations in Vietnam to celebrate important festivals like Vesak and Asadha Poornima. To promote understanding of these linkages among youth and other visitors, SVCC has also opened an interactive kiosk inside its premises to showcase our shared Buddhist heritage.

To know more about the Centre's activities and programmes, please follow the Facebook page of the SVCC at: https://www.facebook.com/IndianCultureInVietnam