Unique tiger-shaped bonsai trees for Tet decorations

20:27 09/01/2022

Tigers shaped from coconut bonsai trees featuring a variety of unique and funny patterns are among the favourite items ahead of the Lunar New Year, known locally as Tet.

With nearly one month to go until the Year of the Tiger, the ornamental tree market in Ho Chi Minh City has become bustling once again. This year apart from traditional ornamental trees, bonsai trees in eye-catching shapes are among the most popular items for Tet decorations.

With nearly one month to go until the Year of the Tiger, the ornamental tree market in Ho Chi Minh City has become bustling once again. This year apart from traditional ornamental trees, bonsai trees in eye-catching shapes are among the most popular items for Tet decorations.

At the end of the year, Dinh Ngoc Hieu of Thu Duc city is often kept busy creating zodiac animals from bonsai trees. This year, he primarily focuses on making tiger-shaped bonsai trees as the upcoming lunar year will be the Year of the Tiger.

At the end of the year, Dinh Ngoc Hieu of Thu Duc city is often kept busy creating zodiac animals from bonsai trees. This year, he primarily focuses on making tiger-shaped bonsai trees as the upcoming lunar year will be the Year of the Tiger.

Hieu says he has been working with coconut bonsai trees for six years. As part of his craft, the past three years has seen him make zodiac animal-shaped bonsai trees.

Hieu says he has been working with coconut bonsai trees for six years. As part of his craft, the past three years has seen him make zodiac animal-shaped bonsai trees.

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic he creates around 300 to 350 pots of bonsai trees, a fall of 50% compared to previous years.

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic he creates around 300 to 350 pots of bonsai trees, a fall of 50% compared to previous years.

Each pot of bonsai tree costs between VND600,000 and VND3 million, with prices varying depending on age and design.

Each pot of bonsai tree costs between VND600,000 and VND3 million, with prices varying depending on age and design.

It typically takes him between four to six months to plant a tiger-shaped bonsai tree.

It typically takes him between four to six months to plant a tiger-shaped bonsai tree.

All parts of the tiger, including the head, body, and legs, are made from dried coconuts.

All parts of the tiger, including the head, body, and legs, are made from dried coconuts.

"The tiger is a very strong animal. Owning such colorful and funny shapes like this may bring peace, happiness and luck in the new year,” Hieu says.

"The tiger is a very strong animal. Owning such colorful and funny shapes like this may bring peace, happiness and luck in the new year,” Hieu says.
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