Consul Deepak Mittal, who was keenly interested in the paintings, said he was surprised by Vietnamese children's knowledge about Indian culture.
"The flag, dress, skin colour, beautiful landscape of India have been depicted vividly in their paintings," he said.
"I am impressed. Many of them have not visited India before, but the Taj Mahal has been featured well in their paintings.”
India and Vietnam enjoy civilisational links and spiritual bonds of friendship over centuries. The outstanding works by the children have amply brought out the strong solidarity between the two countries, he said.
The Consul added the best works will be used for desk calendars and be shown at an exhibition to be organised soon.
At the event, a permanent "India Corner" with materials and books on Indian culture was set up.
It is equipped with a computer to provide Vietnamese youth information on various facets of the South Asian nation.
The contest was organised by the consulate together with the HCM City Union of Friendship Organisations and the library.
The consulate said one more similar contest will be organised this year and annually hereafter to stimulate cultural exchange and mutual understanding between Indians and Vietnamese.