Five major projects to revamp HCM City in 2015

The Y-shaped steel flyover at Go Vap Intersection has one stretch that measures 234m in length and 6m in width, and connects Nguyen Oanh Road and Nguyen Kiem Road. The other stretch, which is 274m long and 6m wide, links Nguyen Oanh Road and Pham Ngu Lao Road.

VietNamNet Bridge – There are five urban projects that the country's largest city aims to complete in 2015. According to online newspaper Vnexpress, these include the building of its first-ever pedestrian zone, bringing into use the Pham Van Dong Road, the construction of a steel flyover at the Go Vap six-way intersection and the Thanh Da Channel Bridge, and making improvements to the Tan Hoa-Lo Gom Canal, which will also involve expansion of the roads lining it. First pedestrian zone The VND430 billion (US$20 million) pedestrian zone to be built at Nguyen Hue Street will be 64m wide and 670m long, stretching from the municipal People's Committee building to Bach Dang Harbour. Based on its design, the surface of the road and walkways on the street will be paved with natural stones. Infrastructure facilities such as drainage, lighting and green spaces will be enhanced, and a musical fountain will be installed. This fountain will be one of the highlights of the zone, with … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 31/12

An ao dai in collection by private collector Thai Kim Lan

Art show highlights ao dai An art show will be held in Ha Noi Goethe Institute showcasing an ao dai collection on January 15. The exhibition, titled The Gorgeous Yellow Runs Over Pale Leaves, will feature an elaborate multimedia space installation by artist Veronika Witte, with elements from daily life in Viet Nam, and a video performance displayed on eight screens. Through the appropriation, use, reservation and ultimate disappearance of ao dai, these gowns have acquired meaning and importance, and now, their stories will be told in this exhibition. In the installation featuring an interview, eight individuals, including a 95-year-old servant in royal court and a 19-year-old student, discuss the ao dai, without ever having met each other. Fictional conversations about preserving the memory of the era and the meaning of ao dai in their own lives develop. For the opening event, Witte and art collector Thai Kim Lan will deliver a short introduction on the ao dai theme and explain … [Read more...]

Photos: X-mas festive spirit in every corner of Vietnam


Christmas festive atmosphere is trickling into every corner of the country, with Catholics and Protestants holding a range of festivities in celebration of the holiday. In the northern provinces of Nam Dinh, Hoa Binh and Hai Duong, Catholic followers and youngsters flocked to churches and streets to enjoy holy rituals and music performances. While in Kim Son district, the northern province of Ninh Binh, Catholics and visitors are streaming into the well-known stone church of Phat Diem, which is sparkling with thousands of lights. In the central city of Thanh Hoa, thousands of Catholics and locals braved the chilly winter temperature to gather around dazzling churches and entertainment areas, in anticipation of the Christmas Eve. Meanwhile, in the central city of Da Nang, a solemn ceremony was held to celebrate the event, expected to bring a merry and warm Christmas to all local parishioners. In the "city of thousands of flowers" Da Lat in the Central Highlands province of Lam … [Read more...]

More houses for the needy

Elderly Nguyen Thi Kinh (on the chair) receiving the house

PANO - Factory A42 of the Department of Techniques of Air Defence-Air Force Service has handed over a house to Nguyen Thi Kinh, whose husband and son had sacrificed in the anti-American war for national salvation. Located in hamlet 7, Thanh Son commune, Dinh Quan district, Dong Nai province, the house was built at a cost of VND 85 million raised by the factory and local party committee and authorities. Meanwhile, Nguyen Hue University has inaugurated two houses to Captain Le Van Cuong, a non-commissioned officer of its Department of Techniques, and the family of Nguyen Van Xin, a policy beneficiary in Can Loc district, Ha Tinh province. The unit contributed VND 70 million to construct each 60sq.m house while its organs and units presented household facilities to the recipients. Translated by Son Ca … [Read more...]

Small deeds, significant meanings

Dan Chu Primary School (Tu Ky district) launches the movement of "Feeding super-heavy plastic pigs" to all pupils in the school

Many humanitarian and charitable activities have contributed to encouraging and helping thousands of turns of disadvantaged, sick, or disabled pupils. Over the past years, levels of Red Cross (RC) societies and the educational sector have paid attention to and jointly directed efficient implementation of RC work in schools. Many humanitarian and charitable activities launched in schools have contributed to encouraging and helping thousands of turns of disadvantaged, sick, or disabled pupils overcome difficulties and rise up in life. … [Read more...]

Social News 28/10

President Obama thanks Vietnamese American nurse Nurse Nina Pham - the first person to catch Ebola on US soil has been declared free of the deadly disease 13 days after testing positive, clearing the way for President Obama to give her a big hug in the oval office. "I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today. Throughout this ordeal, I have put my faith in God and my medical team." Pham said on October 24 at a press conference. "The Ebola experience was a very stressful and challenging time," she said adding "I am on my way back to recovery even as I reflect on how many others have not been so fortunate." … [Read more...]

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 province's deputy chairman, said there were many ways to reach Thanh Hoa from other cities. The drive from Ha Noi's Noi Bai International Airport on the express highway takes one hour and 45 minutes. Moreover, several national highways connect the province to neighboring provinces and cities. Tho Xuan Airport currently offers two flights a day to HCM City and will soon explore flights to cities of Da Nang and Buon Ma Thuot, in addition to installing an automatic control system and signal system for … [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 audience with her roles of "negative characters" who are sharp-tongued, talkative and pesky. … [Read more...]

Social News 20/10

The queen of dairy cow named A contest for 126 dairy cows in the northern province of Son La wrapped up on Wednesday with the first prize of VND60 million given to a cow coded 1386 belonging to Bui Van Dinh in Moc Chau Plateau, VietnamPlus reports. The cow won the Moc Chau Dairy Cow Beauty Contest thanks to its outstanding grace and ability to produce more milk than other 19 rivals. Dinh said he has invested much in his cow and paid close attention to the breeding and training of the cow. "I feed, wash and groom it; let it listen to music and enjoy massage, and train it to stay calm in front of people," Dinh shared his winning secrets. … [Read more...]

Social News 16/10

Search for Vietnamese sailors called off The Japanese government has officially stopped searching for six missing Vietnamese sailors after a three-day helicopter search. Six of seven Vietnamese sailors working aboard a Taiwanese ship went missing after jumping off the ship on Sunday. When they went overboard, the ship was 18km off the coast of Hokkaido, Japan. The Department of Overseas Labour Management contacted the other sole Vietnamese sailor left working aboard the ship. He said that the working and living conditions on the ship were good and refused to jump off when his shipmates attempted to persuade him. … [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 2012 along with creative producer Francesca Moseley. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 16/9


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 email today. … [Read more...]

Stopovers on the Central Region heritage road


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...]

Trave News 20/8

Danang launches tourism advertising campaign Danang has launched a new advertising campaign touting its new slogan "Danang City - a friendly, safe and hospitable community" aiming to attract more domestic holiday and foreign tourists from traditional markets. Tran Chi Cuong, Vice Director of the Municipal Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism (DoCST), said that from now through the end of the year many new tourism products and services have been launched.. This year's programme focuses on three main groups: domestic holiday-makers, foreign tourists and meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE). … [Read more...]

Weekly press digest – August 11-17

VGP - A conference on multilateral diplomacy in the 21st century, the conclusion of the 30th session of the NASC Standing Committee, the EC Vice President's visit to VietNam, and preventive measures for Ebola are among the top headlines of last week. Phu Quoc Island urged to develop tourism and sea-based economy Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has emphasized the importance of tourism to the island district of Phu Quoc in southern Kien Giang province, saying that it will be a breakthrough for the district to develop its sea-based economy. … [Read more...]