General Vo Nguyen Giap, Vietnam’s greatest military hero

On May 27, 1948, he was conferred the title of highest-ranking General by the Late President Ho Chi Minh at the age 37

General Vo Nguyen Giap, former Commander-in-Chief of the Vietnam People's Army, passed away on October 4, but Vietnamese people will remember him for his great devotion to national independence. For the Vietnamese Army, he was a brilliant military strategist who planned historic battles that shine in Vietnamese history. Some revolutionary photos of General Vo Nguyen Giap taken from the book "General and Commander-in-Chief Vo Nguyen Giap": pubished by the Authority of Foreign Information, Service under the Ministry of Information and Communications in 2011): … [Read more...]

In photos: Historic milestones in General Giap’s life

Here are some archive images depicting historic milestones in the life of General Giap:

Legendary Vietnamese leader Vo Nguyen Giap started his career as a history teacher. He later became a politician and the Commander in Chief of the Vietnam People's Army. To many generations of Vietnamese, General Giap is a symbol of strong will and national pride. Legendary Vietnamese leader Vo Nguyen Giap started his career as a history teacher. He later became a politician and the Commander in Chief of the Vietnam People's Army. To many generations of Vietnamese, General Giap is a symbol of strong will and national pride. General Vo Nguyen Giap, whose real name is Vo Giap, was born on August 25, 1911, in An Xa village, Loc Thuy commune, Le Thuy district, in the central province of Quang Binh. In 1930, at the age of 19, he was arrested and imprisoned in Thua Phu prison in Hue province during the Xo Viet Nghe Tinh Uprising against the colonial French regime. On December 22, 1944 in Cao Bang, the Vietnam Propaganda Liberation Army was established with 34 members led by Vo Nguyen … [Read more...]

65 Years of Construction and Development


The National Political Publishing House, formerly the Truth Publishing House, was established on December 5, 1945 and managed by late Party General Secretary Truong Trinh. Over the past 65 years, the Publishing House has been closely attached to and made a great contribution to the cause of development of Vietnam's revolution. When the North was completely liberated (October 1954), with its tasks of popularizing lines and policies of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV), State and Marxism and Leninism to educate the socialist thoughts, the true patriotism and proletarian internationalism, the Publishing House promoted the translation and publication of great works of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Particularly, from 1959 to 1965, the Publishing House completed the publication of the book "Capital" by Kart Marx and works of Lenin and President Ho Chi Minh. The headquarter of the National Political Publishing House at No.24 on Quang Trung Street, Hanoi. Ph.D Nguyen Duy Hung, … [Read more...]

Vietnamese residents in RoK hold artistic program

A performance of the program

PANO – A special artistic program "Singing from the city named after President Ho Chi Minh" took place in Seoul, the Republic of Korea, on May 24th. The event was co-organized by the Vietnamese community in the RoK, the Ho Chi Minh City authorities and the Vietnamese Embassy in the RoK, as part of activities to mark the 125th birth anniversary of late President Ho Chi Minh and the 23rd anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and the RoK. Chairman of the Overseas Vietnamese Association in the RoK Tran Hai Linh held that the program, performed by 40 artists from Ho Chi Minh City, brought sentiments of the city’s leaders and people to Vietnamese nationals living and working in the RoK, contributing to heightening the expatriates’ patriotism. On this occasion, the association urged the Vietnamese community in the RoK to continuously launch practical activities for Vietnam’s beloved Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago. Vice Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh … [Read more...]

Tehran exhibition showcases today’s Vietnam


The Vietnamese culture and traditions have been brought closer to Iranian people at a week-long exhibition entitled "Vietnam of Today" which opened in Tehran on May 24th. Jointly held by Vietnamese Embassy in Iran and the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO), the exhibition has been arranged to commemorate the 125th birthday of the late President Ho Chi Minh and 40 years of the diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Iran. In his opening remark at the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to Iran Nguyen Hong Thach said that friendship relations between Vietnam and Iran have been growing in the past years and he hopes the exhibition will give fresh impetus to other cultural exchanges between two countries. Meanwhile, a representative from the Art and Cultural Organization of Tehran Municipality said that cultural linkage via activities such as the on-going exhibition, creates precious opportunities for people of the two nations to learn about each other’s culture. On … [Read more...]

Photo exhibition on Vietnam opens in Iran

(VOV) - A photo exhibition titled "Vietnam Today" was held in Tehran, Iran on May 24 to mark the 125th birthday of the late President Ho Chi Minh and the 40th anniversary of Vietnam-Iran diplomatic ties. Addressing the opening ceremony, Vietnamese ambassador to Iran Nguyen Hong Thach highlighted Ho Chi Minh’s cause in association with Vietnam’s resounding history and her struggle for national reunification. The diplomat said Vietnam-Iran traditional friendship has developed constantly in recent time. He wished that the exhibition will create a momentum for cultural exchange activities in other cities of Iran. Meanwhile, Head of Art and Cultural Department of Tehran Municipality Mohammadi said the six-day event features daily lives of Vietnamese and Iranian people, and offers them a good opportunity to learn of each other’s culture and contribute to promoting all-round relations between the two nations. The Iranian delegates highlighted the significance of the … [Read more...]

May 18-24: UN Secretary General visits Vietnam

Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh (left) presents the national flag to Tran Duc Phan, head of the Vietnam sports delegation.

Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon and his wife paid an official visit to Vietnam from May 22 to 23, during which he met with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, President Truong Tan Sang and National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung. At the meetings, the UN chief spoke highly of Vietnam’s commitments and contributions to the UN system and peacekeeping missions, as well as the country’s role in maintaining regional and global peace, stability, co-operation, and development. The leaders also discussed views on regional and international matters of mutual concern, including the East Sea issue. 2. National Assembly convenes ninth sitting The ninth sitting of the 13th National Assembly (NA) opened in Hanoi on May 20, seeking ways to implement the 2013 Constitution and inspect key national socio-economic issues. Eleven draft laws are expected to be approved and 15 others will be examined during the … [Read more...]

My Thien pottery displayed


More than 100 My Thien pottery items were displayed at the provincial General Museum on May 19 on the occasion of 125th birthday anniversary of late President Ho Chi Minh (19 May 1890 - 2015) and 50th anniversary of Ba Gia victory (31 May 1965 - 2015). ​ My Thien pottery made in Binh Son district, Quang Ngai province was famous since its products were used by the Nguyen royal family (1802-1945) and became very popular during the second half of the 19th century According to documents stored at the worship house for the village's ancient potters, two craftmen, Pham Cong Dac and Nguyen Cong At, introduced the My Thien pottery craft in the late 18th century. Like other pottery villages, My Thien pottery was hand-made to create different styles and high aesthetic values. The pottery items displayed this time were collected by the provincial general museum, members of Thien An cultural heritage branch in Quang Ngai and antiques collectors. Minh Thien ​ … [Read more...]

Activities to bolster Vietnam-China friendship


President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations, Vu Xuan Hong. Photo: VNA A number of activities are taking place in China’s Guangxi province as part of the Vietnam-China people’s friendship festival and a ‘red’ tourism route following the past journey of President Ho Chi Minh in China, contributing significantly to enhancing friendship between the two nations. On May 21, a friendship exchange between Chinese and Vietnamese teenagers was held in the province’s Chong Zuo city. Vice Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Feng Xuejun spoke highly of the future role of teenagers in promoting the bilateral traditional friendship. On the same day, Feng had talks with the President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations, Vu Xuan Hong, during which he suggested both sides strengthen exchanges, develop neighbourship and boost cooperation in border transport infrastructure building, education and culture. Hong, in turn, affirmed … [Read more...]

Government News 22/5

Smuggling, trade fraud worsen national economy: PM Smuggling, trade fraud and counterfeit goods are seriously damaging the national economy and negatively affecting society, stated Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung at a teleconference on tobacco smuggling. Chairing the May 21 teleconference reviewing the six-month implementation of a Government decree on intensifying the fight against tobacco smuggling, the PM said the Government always considers combating smuggling and trade fraud a key task. He asked ministries and localities to synchronously carry out measures to fight tobacco smuggling, with the focus on ringleaders. The Government leader stressed the need to strictly address sales of contraband tobacco, while intensifying communications to raise public awareness of tobacco trafficking. Disseminating the bad impacts of smoking among the public, particularly among the young, is also essential, he added. Ministries and localities were also asked to prevent smuggling activities at … [Read more...]

Late President’s birth anniversary celebrated in Cuba, Pakistan

Late President Ho Chi Minh. Documentary photo

The staff of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the People (ICAP) and the Vietnamese Embassy in Cuba paid floral tributes to late President Ho Chi Minh at his statue in Havana on the occasion of his 125th birth anniversary. Vice President of Ho Chi Minh City’s Fatherland Front Tran Tan Ngoi, who is on a visit to Cuba, joined local people and representatives of the Vietnamese community at the event. Vietnamese Ambassador Duong Minh highlighted the great contributions Ho Chi Minh made to progressive movements around the world, affirming that his thoughts and values remain as a foundation for Vietnam national development and safeguarding. Meanwhile, Vice President of the Cuba-Vietnam Friendship Association recalled the tireless efforts of Vietnam’s first president in the struggle for national liberation, as well as sharing his experiences as a battlefield reporter during wartime in Vietnam. The anniversary was also celebrated by the Vietnamese Embassy in Pakistan. … [Read more...]

Preserving Vietnam’s history and culture through stamp collections

Stamp collector Tran Han Van (right) and part of the collection

PANO – Tran Han Van, aged 80, of Cam Mau city, Ca Mau province, considers his nearly 13,000 stamps and stamped envelopes a colossal fortune. Especially, his thousands of stamps feature the life and revolutionary career of late President Ho Chi Minh – the founder and first president of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. He selected and arranged his stamps in different themes, such as "Hanoi's Liberation", "Vietnam’s landscapes", "Dien Bien Phu Victory", "Uncle Ho’s birth anniversaries" and "National construction cause". Each stamp and envelope collection of the old man has their own significance for the country’s history and cultural identities. Van shared that he started collecting stamps and envelopes when his family received a letter from a relative. The stamp depicted the Dien Bien Phu Victory Statue highlighting the triumph. Since then, he kept the letter and bought other stamps. Working as a clerk at the provincial post office after the … [Read more...]

Social News 21/5

Dong Nai residents face eviction for airport Authorities in Dong Nai Province have asked the central Government to allow it to evict residents and resettle them to make way for a project to build Long Thanh airport. At a working session on Tuesday, Dong Nai People's Committee and a work panel for handling the resettlement, said it was important to hear comments from affected residents. Tran Van Vinh, vice-chairman of the committee, appointed the provincial Department of Natural Resources and the Environment as the focal point. It is supposed to work with other departments and agencies to complete a blueprint of the project and submit it to the committee this month. The committee will consider it and and forward it on to other relevant agencies next month. Vinh also asked the Department of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs to collect input from concerned departments and agencies on a vocational training scheme tailored for the affected residents. This is hoped to help … [Read more...]

President Ho Chi Minh’s 125th birth anniversary celebrated at home and abroad

A meeting to mark President Ho Chi Minh’s 125tth birth anniversary in Vientiane (Photo: VNA)

(VOVworld) – A Youth Forum on studying and following President Ho Chi Minh’s moral example was held on Tuesday in Soc Trang province. At the event, the Ho Chi Minh Youth Union Committee granted Nguyen Thai Binh scholarships worth 50 USD each to 30 poor students. Khanh Hoa province held a festival to encourage young physicians to follow President Ho Chi Minh’s teaching to volunteer for community health. The province’s Young Physicians’ Association has provided free medical checkups and medicine to more than 1,300 poor people and policy beneficiaries. An exchange themed "Light up dreams for Binh Thuan children" took place in the central province of Binh Thuan drawing the participation of around 250 young people. The Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations, the Vietnam-Laos Friendship Association, and the Vietnam-Thailand Friendship Association visited and laid wreaths at the commemorative site of President Ho Chi Minh in Xiengvang village in the Lao … [Read more...]

Social News 20/5


Older population in need of financial assistance Almost half of the population aged 60 and above in Viet Nam is not eligible for social subsidies or participate in the country's social insurance programme. This was among the main concerns raised by participants during a May 19 conference in Ha Noi entitled, "Financial Security of Older Women" and co-organised by the Vietnam National Committee for the Elderly, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Singapore-based Tsao Foundation. Government statistics last year indicated there were more than 9.5 million elderly aged 60 and above. Of these, only 1.4 million received financial assistance for their contribution to the country's revolutionary wars. Another 1.4 million were entitled to the Government financial assistance programme for the elderly aged 80 and above, which begins by providing VND180,000 a month (US$8.5). Another two million were eligible to receive pensions, while support was given to 95,000, being … [Read more...]

Uncle Ho statue inaugurated in Tuyen Quang province

The statue of the late President Ho Chi Minh with residents from Tuyen Quang (Photo: VNA) A statue of the late President Ho Chi Minh was unveiled in the northern province of Tuyen Quang on May 19 on the occasion of his 125th birth anniversary. President Truong Tan Sang and National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung joined other former leaders at the inaugural event. The statue is located in the Nguyen Tat Thanh square in Tuyen Quang city where the President visited and met with provincial ethnic communities’ members in 1961. The statute features Uncle Ho standing in the centre of a group of six local people and three bas-reliefs describing the Tan Trao banyan tree, cultural activities of local ethnic minority groups and local landscapes. It took three years to complete the work which required 160 tonnes of iron and steel and over 3,000 cubic metres of stone. Speaking at the ceremony, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung said Tuyen Quang is rich in cultural and … [Read more...]

Art performance to honor President Ho Chi Minh

An art performance presented at the event

A special art performance titled "Ho Chi Minh - the most beautiful name" was held at the provincial Square in Quang Ngai city to mark 125th birthday anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh. ​ Vice Chairman of the PPC Le Quang Thich, head of the provincial Party Committee's department of propaganda and training Pham Thanh Hai, representatives of departments, agencies and localities attended the event. Opening the event, Director of the provincial department of Culture, Sport and Tourism Nguyen Dang Vu reviewed the life and career of the nation's first president, hailing him as a shining example of virtue, national pride and wisdom, and a great source of encouragement for Vietnamese generations. Late President Ho Chi Minh was recognized world cultural celebrity by UNESCO in 1990. Minh Thien ​ … [Read more...]

President Ho’s birthday celebrated in Europe, Asia

The 125th birthday of late President Ho Chi Minh (May 19), the founder of contemporary Vietnam, was celebrated with separate events in European and Asian countries. In France, the Vietnamese Embassy, representative agencies and expatriates offered incense at Ho Chi Minh’s altar at the embassy headquarters where the leader stayed from 1921 to 1923. Officials of Montreuil city in the suburb of Paris joined them to lay a wreath at his statue at the Montreau Park. Montreuil Mayor Patrice Bessac said President Ho not only founded modern Vietnam but also helped shape the world, adding that he and other officials, including the late General Vo Nguyen Giap, led Vietnam to decisive victories in the struggle for national independence and freedom welcomed by all nations fighting colonial oppression in the world. The Vietnamese Embassy in Russia and expatriates also laid a wreath at the Ho Chi Minh monument at a square named after him in Moscow. On this occasion, the Russia-Vietnam … [Read more...]

Vietnam launches website on late President Ho Chi Minh

The website, at, was put into use at a ceremony in Hanoi which was organized by the commission, the Communist Party of Vietnam’s newswire, and military-run telecom group Viettel, the

The Central Commission for Propaganda and Education launched an official website in Vietnamese and English on late President Ho Chi Minh on Tuesday, his 125th birthday. Vietnam News Agency reported. The launch was one of the activities to commemorate President Ho’s 125th birthday and is also meant to better illustrate his exemplary life, great vision, and momentous contributions to Vietnam’s independence quest in the eyes of Vietnamese people at home and abroad as well as international friends. Written in Vietnamese and English, the website gathers invaluable archival information and footage from state agencies, as well as the local and international communities. The site features 12 sections including those on President Ho’s biography, revolutionary career, ideology, and writings by noted local and foreign figures about him. Also included are photo, audio and video collections, and a 3D museum on the highly revered president. The constantly updated … [Read more...]

German, Lao press hail late President Ho Chi Minh

Germany’s Junge Welt (Young World) newspaper covered late President Ho Chi Minh in its May 19 issue on the occasion of his 125th birth anniversary. The article, titled "Father of the Revolution", gave an overview of his adventurous life from a rural boy to the Vietnamese President. It began with the event of September 2, 1945 when Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRV) at Ba Dinh Square, and led readers along the course to discover the President’s role in the struggle for national liberation from the French colonial regime, and how he could mobilise millions of people to join the revolution. It also covers the leader’s major life milestones from his birth place and parents to the end of 1911 when Nguyen Tat Thanh (as he was then known) was hired as a kitchen helperr under the name Ba aboard a French freighter course to Marseille. He then travelled to different countries in Europe, Africa and America to … [Read more...]