The Dragon is a very powerful symbol in Vietnamese mythology. The dragon eyes on the front of the boat are supposed to protect the vessel from dangers above and below the water. It is very rare to see a boat without this symbol. On some water ways the boat master would need an extra pair of eyes to navigate safely through the traffic jam so maybe the eyes on the front are not a bad idea.

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Pretty river house with blue shutters. Having lunch beside the river. This young man loves to be at the front of the boat. Water driveway. Making grass while the sun shines. A jumble house. Resting on a hammock near the river. Little boy does a wee in the Mekong. Large metal freighter. Every boat has the dragon eyes to guide the way. High rise hotel in Cantho. Small river huts across the river from Cantho. Bella vista. The watchful dragon eyes. River bouy. Modern apartment building and ancient boats.
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