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609 Ellice Avenue    Location Map

Establishing shot.

Location: N side bet. Sherbrook & Maryland; East Face

Occupant: Nhu Quynh Restaurant

District: West End

Neighbourhood: Daniel McIntyre

Artist(s): Jill Sellers (Jill Sellers Design)

Year: 2003

Sponsors: Take Pride Winnipeg!, Neighbourhoods Alive! (Manitoba), West End BIZ, City of Winnipeg


This Mural is a tribute to the Vietnamese community of the West End who migrated here. It is part of the "We are the World" theme of murals in the West End and has many aspects of Vietnamese culture, which are represented. From left to right we have a tree pagoda (photo 2), which are found throughout Vietnam. Next to the tree pagoda we have 2 schoolgirls in their school outfits known locally as "ao dai." Pronounced 'ao yai' in Nam, the south, but 'ao zai' in Bac, the north. The color is based on the women's age. In the background there are the lovely karst rock formations of Halong Bay, which is in the North of Vietnam and is a World Heritage Site for natural properties due to the following 2 criteria. To be outstanding examples representing major stages of earth's history, including the record of life, significant on-going geological processes in the development of landforms, or significant geomorphic or physiographic features; or contain superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance. On the right side of the mural (photo 3) is the Ben Thanh market, which is a famous site located in Ho Chi Minh City. Outside the market is the scooter, which is the traditional form of transportation now quickly being replaced by the car.

Source: West End BIZ Mural Tour notes.