Overburdened by public works, HCMC says farewell to more trees

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Hunks of mahogany trees felled on Ton Duc Thang Street on November 12, 2014. Photo credit: Thoi Bao Kinh Te Saigon … [Read more...]

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Thanh Hoa preps for tourism year

Sam Son beach, one of the major tourism sites in the north-central province of Thanh Hoa. The province will upgrade transportation infrastructure and accommodations to prepare for hosting the national tourism year in 2015. - VNA/VNS Photo Quang Quyet HCM CITY (VNS)- The north-central province of Thanh Hoa will upgrade transportation infrastructure and accommodations in preparation for hosting next year's national tourism year, heard a conference yesterday in HCM City. Vuong Van Viet, the … [Read more...]

“Captain” of Vietnam’s Cheo Theatre

From being an "actress of negative characters"... She has dimpled cheeks, small and sparkling black eyes, cute little lips and a husky voice with a high pitch. She has a strong will and a special passion for Cheo and this is how people often describe the artist, Thanh Ngoan. In the Vietnamese Cheo circle, Thanh Ngoan is talked about as an artist with both talent and beauty. With this advantage, she should have been suitable for the roles of leading characters, but she has impressed the … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 8/10

British dance ensemble to brighten Vietnam stages Two stunning contemporary dance productions "Without Stars" and "There We Have Been" inspired by Haruki Murakami's novel Norwegian Wood are set to light up Vietnam stages this October. James Cousins and his dancers will hit the Youth Theatre in Hanoi for a one-night-only show on October 22 and the IDECAF stage in Ho Chi Minh City on October 25-25. A graduate of the London Contemporary Dance School, James Cousins founded his dance company in … [Read more...]

“Green enterprises” targeted

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Over the past time, many FDI businesses in Hai Duong province have conducted a lot of practical activities to protect the environment. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 16/9

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Game show capitalises on mixed marriages in Viet Nam HCM City Television is working with the MayQ Media to launch a new singing TV game show targeting Vietnamese and foreign husbands and wives living in Viet Nam. Vo Chong Minh Hat (Husband and Wife Sing Together), which will start next month, is expected to help the couples keep their love in marriage through the passion of music. Couples of all ages are encouraged to send their photos and records or music video clips to the organiser at … [Read more...]

Stopovers on the Central Region heritage road

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VietNamNet Bridge - The six world heritage sites recognized by the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in the Central Region creates a "heritage road" worthy to explore. Ho Dynasty Citadel in Thanh Hoa The citadel of the Ho Dynasty is situated in Vinh Loc District, Thanh Hoa Province. It was the capital of Vietnam from 1398 to 1407. … [Read more...]

Downtown HCMC to close Nguyen Hue, introduce trams

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Electric cars take tourists through Hanoi's Old Quarter. Photo credit: Vietnam News Agency … [Read more...]

Visit to Con Son for reverence to precious stele

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The hexagonal stele not only bears great historical value but also is the place once visited and read by Uncle Ho. … [Read more...]

Gazing on the beauty of eight World Heritage Sites in Vietnam

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(Cinet)- Trang An recognised as world mixed heritage site on June 23, Vietnam has eight heritage sites recognised by the UNESCO' World Heritage Committee including 05 cultural heritage sites, 02 natural sites and 01 mixed heritage site. … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s eight World Heritage Sites

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Vietnam has long been known for its stunning landscapes that attract millions of local and foreign visitors each year. … [Read more...]

Vietnam relics in desperate need of attention

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A large number of relics throughout Vietnam, even recognized ones, are seriously damaged and at risk of collapse. … [Read more...]

Vietnams ‘national treasures’ rot as officials wring hands

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Activities held across Vietnam to commemorate UN Day of Vesak

Vesak, or "Buddha Day," is a major Buddhist festival of the year as it celebrates the birth, enlightenment, and death of the Buddha on one single day - the first full moon day in May which falls on Thursday.

A host of alluring Buddhist-themed activities is going on around the country to commemorate the United Nations (UN) Day of Vesak 2014 in Vietnam, which kicked off on Wednesday. Activities under the theme of "Buddhist Perspective towards Achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals" have begun at Bai Dinh Pagoda in northern Ninh Binh Province, the main venue of the commemoration, and will run until this Sunday. … [Read more...]

The unique cemetery for eunuchs in Hue

Tombs of eunuchs. With hundreds of big and small temples scattered throughout the area, spiritual tourism has become an indispensable part in the exploration of Hue.

VietNamNet Bridge - Approximately 7 km to the southwest of Hue City, Tu Hieu Pagoda is known today as the resting place of the Nguyen Dynasty's eunuchs. While the pagodas of Thien Mu, Bao Quoc and Huyen Khong have gradually been familiar to visitors, Tu Hieu Pagoda attracts visitors with its own beauty and thrilling and fascinating stories. According to legend, the temple was originally just a tiny shrine. Until mid-19th century it was expanded into a large temple by some eunuchs, with the … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 6/3

Hue will host a folk music festival in May, gathering performance artists from a range of troupes from central Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue provinces.

Hue gathers regional musicians for folk music festival According to the Thua Thien-Hue Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the festival will be held to promote unique forms of folk music and aid the preservation of traditional music, threatened by the popularity of modern art forms. The festival will also serve as a platform for folk artists to exchange and train young artists, including vocalists and traditional musical instrument performers. Shows at the festival will include … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 5/3

There is no trace of the paintings that vanished three years ago, but Nguyen Van Nhan's works can be seen in the nation's first book on ceremonial costumes of the Nguyen Dynasty released last week.

Book delves into Nguyen apparel Researcher Tran Dinh Son's Dai Le Phuc Viet Nam Thoi Nguyen (Vietnamese ceremonial clothes under Nguyen Dynasty) (1802-1945) is divided into four parts: historical documents on Nguyen Dynasty costumes; photos of painter Nguyen Van Nhan's 54 works on ceremonial costumes at the An Nam Court; an index in French with illustrations of costumes for civil and military mandarins; and a picture collection of the dynasty's emperors, queen and courtiers. Nhan's … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 12/2

Ethnic spring festivals on show this monthAn annual festival that features the cultural colours of Vietnam's 54 ethnic groups through their New Year celebrations will take place at the Culture Tourism Village of Vietnamese Ethnic Groups in Hanoi from February 15-17.During the event, which will be hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, visitors can take part in a wide range of cultural activities. They will include a rite to pray for peace, favourable weather and a good crop of … [Read more...]

National treasures aged nearly 1,000 years

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VGP - Nine items, closely related to the development of Viet Nam from the Ly Dynasty (1009-1225) to the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945), were recognized as national treasures. 1. The Canh Thinh bronze drum (the Tay Son era 1778 - 1802) is kept at the Viet Nam National Museum of History in Ha Noi. The drum, made in 1800, with 0.49 meters in diameter and 0.37 meters in height, has the most clear, explicit identity ever. It was made under the Tay Son dynasty, during which the casting techniques … [Read more...]

Restoring ancient houses proves challenging

Heart of the city: Many ancient houses on Bao Vinh, Chi Langand Bach Dang streets in Hue City (Thua Thien-Hue Province) are seriously degraded and could collapse at any moment. — VNA/VNS Photo Quoc Viet

Throughout Viet Nam, residents of ancient houses are watching them disintegrate due to a lack of funds for repairs. Can the ongoing efforts to restore these old homes succeed? Trung Hieu and Thuy Trinh report. Luong Thanh Phong's wooden house in Phong Dien District of Thua Thien-Hue Province was built nearly 150 years ago. When his ancestors constructed the three-room house, it was quite grandiose. However, decades of rain and storms have taken their toll. The wood columns have rotted, the … [Read more...]