Minister of Hoang Tuan Anh inspects festival organization in Vinh Phuc province

Delegation from Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism   at Tay Thien landscape relics. (Photo source: CPV)

On March 4th, a delegation from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism led by Minister Hoang Tuan Anh inspected festival organization in the northern province of Vinh Phuc. The delegation inspected festival organization at Tay Thien landscape relics. Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism had an urgent meeting with leaders of departments under the ministry and leaders of Vinh Phuc provinces and provincial departments. Addressing at the meeting, Minister Hoang Tuan Anh appreciated provincial efforts in organizing traditional festivals and building infrastructure for cultural works. Especially, over the past time, the province has attracted many investors in promoting provincial tourism. Mr. Anh said that it is necessary to preserve traditional festival imbued with traditional values, which are based on scientific and cultural foundations. Traditional values which are not suitable at present and contain backward customs need to beconsidered to transform./. … [Read more...]

An attraction for visitors to Vinh Phuc

The upper Tay Thien temple - PHOTOS: PHAM VU

Pham Vu Tay Thien complex, around 85 kilometers from Hanoi, is often crowded during the country’s traditional Lunar New Year holiday as it is known as a cradle of Buddhism in Vietnam. The area comprising several temples is situated on a side of Thach Ban mount of Tam Dao mountain range. To get to the highest temple in the area, visitors should take an electric cart ride from Thong Temple at the foot of the mountain to the cable car station. From there, they ride a cable car to the site. The cable car ride is also exciting as riders can take a look at the green foliage of the forest beneath or the beautiful skyline from afar. … [Read more...]

Vinh Phuc Putting Several Tourist Sites into Development Plan

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As part of the plan to speed up tourism development to 2020 with vision to 2030, Vinh Phuc tourism will receive 76,000 international visitors and 2,250,000 domestic tourists; 120,000 international visitors and 2,850 million domestic visitors by 2020; and 220,000 international visitors and 3,700 million domestic tourists by 2030. On September 6th 2014, Mr Phung Quang Hung, Chairman of Vinh Phuc Provincial People's Committee, chaired a meeting with the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Department of Construction and consultancy units to report on three projects namely the detailed planning ratio 1/500 of Tam Dao 1 Resort; the general planning ratio 1/5000 of Tay Thien Scenic Area, Tam Dao district; the detailed planning ratio 1/500 of west area of Dai Lai lake resort, Phuc Yen town. … [Read more...]

Experiencing Vinh Phuc Tourism

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Tay Thien is compared to a paradise, with a strong pull on Buddhist pilgrims who wish to discover the wonderful landscape where Buddhist culture and Mother-worshipping culture interfere. Tay Thien is a land hallmarked with ancient cultural traits, spectacular natural scenery hiding lots of mysteries. … [Read more...]

Vinh Phuc works to lure tourists

The northern province of Vinh Phuc is striving to offer more services to tourists from inside and outside the country, who are expected to arrive in droves during the forthcoming peak season. The province has upgraded its facilities at tourist destinations to attract more visitors to see its striking landscapes and enjoy its rich cultural tradition. Street vendors and beggars hassling visitors have been banned. Endowed with natural resources and a mild climate all year round, the province's mountainous town of Tam Dao has welcomed nearly 70,000 tourist arrivals since early this year. Its resort area offers over 1,400 rooms at reasonable rates. … [Read more...]

Ten “cool” destinations in the summer

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VietNamNet Bridge - Situated on the mountain ranges and romantic plateaus, these are the ideal places for tourists to enjoy the balmy weather during the hot summer in Vietnam. Da Lat, in the Central Highlands' province of Lam Dong, is located 1,500m above sea level on the Langbian Plateau. The city's temperate weather stands in contrast to Vietnam's otherwise tropical climate. Mist covering the valleys almost year-round leads to its name "City of Eternal Spring". The one-century history has also left a valuable architectural heritage for the city. Da Lat is compared to a museum of European architecture of the 20th century in Vietnam. These advantages help Dalat become one of the most well-known tourist destinations in Vietnam. … [Read more...]

Exploiting Tourism Potential of Vinh Phuc Province

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Located 50 kilometres northwest of Hanoi, Vinh Phuc province is blessed with breathtaking landscapes such as Tam Dao, Tay Thien, Dai Lai and Dam Vac. Especially, Tam Dao resort is rated as one of the most scenic tourism spots in the North of Vietnam. Vinh Phuc also has nearly 500 historical and cultural spots, an human resource important in attracting tourists. Typically, Binh Son Tower in Tam Son commune, Lap Thach district is a unique architecture work built in the Ly dynasty. In addition, there are other monuments such as Hai Ba Trung temple in Me Linh, Tran Nguyen Han temple in Lap Thach District, 79 Spring Hill in memory of Uncle Ho, Tay Thien Quoc Mau Temple, Sang Son Mountain, De Tham Cave, Bay Waterfall and Van Truc Lake, which all create an attractive landscape complex. Vinh Phuc has a dense river and lake system, which not only brings economic value but also creates a good environment for tourism development. Vinh Phuc province is also known as a land of spiritual … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 21/3

Ha Noi blogger Pham Viet Dao has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to abusing his rights to freedom and democracy.

Ha Noi blogger to spend 15 months in jail for slander The court ruled that his actions had infringed upon State interests, rights and legitimate interests of organisations or citizens under Article 258 of the Penal Code. The jail term will starts from the date he was detained on June 13, 2013, the court ruled. The indictment read that Dao, 62, residing in Buoi ward, Tay Ho district, authored three blogs -Phamvietdao3.blogspot.com, Phamvietdao4.blogspot.com and Chientranhtrungviet.blogspot.com - on which he posted 91 articles slandering the Party and State. At the yesterday's trial in the capital city, Dao admitted his guilt, saying his actions were a result of a lack of awareness of the law. He promised not to repeat his actions. Dao has 15 days to appeal the verdict. 200kg of black coral seized in Quang Binh Police in the central province of Quang Binh seized 239 kilos of black coral transported by car on Tuesday. Tran Anh Tuan, the driver, said that the cargo was … [Read more...]

Vietnam honours achievements of the young

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(VOV) -A list of the top ten most outstanding young people in Vietnam was announced on March 19 to acknowledge their great contributions to the country. Outstanding handicapped young people honoured World youth in praise of Vietnamese young people The honoured individuals have shown their active role and enormous achievements in a wide range of fields, from studying, scientific research, production and business, national security and defence, culture-art, sports, and social activities in the interests of the community. The finalists were chosen from over a hundred entries nominated by 54 agencies and organisations across the country by a judging panel and online votes via prestigious press agencies such as VTV6 youth channel, Tien Phong (Vanguard), Tuoi tre (Young Age), Thanh Nien (Youth), and VietnamNet. A grand ceremony will be held in Hanoi on March 21 to present awards to the ten finalists. The winners will then go on to receive rewards from the Prime Minister at the … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 18/3

A painting by Adriana Bustos.

Argentinean comes to talk about art Argentinean artist Adriana Bustos will share her experience and knowledge of methodologies an artist often uses, such as research and production, with a particular focus on how her methods help shift her practice from one media or perspective to another. Adriana Bustos' drawing, photography and video engage investigative and documentary research, as clearly shown in the collection 'Proyecto 4x4' that looks at the lives of horses that belong to people who recycle cardboard in Argentina. Her method is also portrayed in 'Anthropology of the Mule', which draws the parallel stories of commercial colonial routes of trade and the drug trafficking routes in Latin America. Since 2012, she has been working on a project consisting of a series of maps titled 'Imago Mundi'. These works have established a methodology of an info-graphic discourse, where images or data have been gathered from archives, fieldwork and interviews, often working in collaboration … [Read more...]

Tay Thien festival ongoing in northern province (photos)

A new highlight of this year's fest, running at Den Thong hamlet in Tam Dao District, is the opening of the Dai Bao Thap Mandala Tay Thien (Buddha's land) temple.

The Tay Thien festival, rich in Indian Buddhist cultural elements, is running in the northern province of Vinh Phuc until the afternoon of March 17. The temple boasts the Ngu Tri Nhu Lai Buddha treasured tower, believed to contain Buddhist enlightenment and indicate the five key natural elements to the peacemaking process: Land, Water, Wind, Fire, and Air. The festival featured a palanquin procession, which was joined by some 276 people and covered a distance of 4km. The three-day fest also features the San Diu ethnic minority group's iconic "xenh tien" dance as well as competitions in "soong co" and "chau van" folk melodies, rice cooking, traditional cake making, and a tug of war game. The annual fest is designed to pay tribute to Lang Thi Tieu, who was named an imperial concubine by the 7th Hung King, one of the country's founders (2879- 258 BC). She was credited with helping the king ward off invaders and unify the country, and instructing locals to farm rice and … [Read more...]

Cultural festivals kick off

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PANO - An artistic program to open Bac Ninh Festival 2014 and the 7th provincial sports congress was organized in the province on March 15 in the presence of National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam. Under the theme, "Magnanimity of Kinh Bac - Bac Ninh", the program reflected the combat tradition, magnanimity as well as patriotism of Bac Ninh troops and people in Ho Chi Minh era and the integration and development process of the province. At the opening ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam also handed over certificates recognizing Dau and But Thap Pagodas in Thuan Thanh district, Bac Ninh province as special national relics. Earlier, various cultural and sports activities took place in the province to welcome the 6-day festival. * The same day, Vinh Phuc province officially opened Tay Thien Festival 2014 to commemorate Mother Lang Thi Tieu who helped the Hung king defeat invaders and taught the people how to grow … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 19/2

Vietnam Next Top Model 2011 finalist Hoang Thuy has been inundated with invitations for2014 London Fashion Week and has been chosen to appear on the official website  of Vogue UK.

Vietnamese model makes debut appearance on Vogue UK Hoang Thuy was selected from hundreds of international models to take part in a fashion show for Palmer Harding - a famous brand for ready-to-wear. The models' unique Asian beauty stood out and immediately caught the attention of foreign fashion designers. After her performance at Central Saint Martins, Hoang Thuy was invited to several high profile shows at London Fashion Week. "Star Academy" debuts Vietnamese edition The VTV6 channel of Vietnam Television Station (VTV) will broadcast a Vietnamese edition of Star Academy - a highly successful television talent show based on the Spanish format produced by Endemol. Currently broadcast in more than 50 countries, Star Academy has discovered over 100 music talents and is receiving worldwide acclamation. In Vietnam, the VTV6 channel will air 93 episodes at 19:55 daily as from mid-March 2014. Twelve chosen contestants will gather in the same house for training and their … [Read more...]

Vinh Phuc province readies for Tay Thien festival

Tay Thien Site, one of the most favourite tourist attractions in Tam Dao district, Vinh Phuc province, has geared up for the 2014 Tay Thien festival, said Diep Xuan Tu, head of the Tay Thien Site management board. Located 90 km from Tam Dao, Tay Thien Site is well-known with beautiful of forests, streams, waterfalls and grottoes. The Tay Thien Festival on the 15th day of the second lunar month, which falls on March 15 this year, is expected to attract a wave of visitors. Tu also said facilities at the site have been improved to serve the festival. In recent weeks, the Tay Thien Site has welcomed tens of thousands of tourists every day and the number may double that amount during the festival, added Diep Xuan Tu. Dang Thi Thu Trang, Deputy Director of the Lac Hong - Tay Thien Joint Stock Company, said tourists are attracted to Tam Dao in summer for its cool weather, while in spring, they come to pagodas and temples to satisfy their spiritual demands. She added … [Read more...]

Priceless treasures of an ancient pagoda in Bac Ninh

The Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara statue. The complex of architectural works in center of But Thap includes eight buildings, called Tien Duong, Thuong Dien, Cau Da, Tich Thien Am, Trung Duong, Phu THo, Hau Duong and a line of stone towers.

VietNamNet Bridge - Being built in the 17th century, But Thap pagoda still preserves many beautiful works, especially, the biggest wood statue of Guan Yin in Vietnam. Not only famous for their folk songs, Bac Ninh is also famous spiritual tourism in the country with many ancient temples. Besides the Dau and Phat Tich pagodas..., But Thap Pagoda is an indispensable stopover in the early spring tour of many Buddhists and tourists. But Thap Pagoda is located on the right bank of the Duong River, in But Thap village, Dinh To commune, Thuan Thanh district. From Hanoi, you can cross the Chuong Duong Bridge and go along the river embankment or go straight towards Highway 5, turn left at the Sui T-junction and driver over 10km more to the But Thap pagoda. You can also take the bus 204 to Xuan Lam and get a motorcycle taxi from Xuan Lam to Bu Thap Pagoda. You will be overwhelmed by the quiet, solemnity beauty of the ancient temple. The entrance to the temple is a brick and stone paved road … [Read more...]

Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway section opens to traffic

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(VOV) - A section of the Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway linking Hanoi with Vinh Phuc temporarily opened for public use on December 27. Noi Bai-Lao Cai highway pass open to public Final bids for Noi Bai-Lao Cai highway get the go-ahead Noi Bai-Lao Cai highway to be built The more than 26km-long section has four main lanes and two emergency stopping shoulders. The bidding package was constructed by the Korean company POSCO E & C at a total cost of more than VND2.5 trillion. This is the Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway project's first bidding package. Vehicles are initially permitted a maximum speed of 80km/h. The speed minimum is 60km/h. The road will help minimise traffic loads on Highway No. 2 by serving as an alternative goods and passenger transportation route from Hanoi to Vinh Phuc's Binh Xuyen and Ba Thien industrial zones as well as to regional tourist attractions such as Dai Lai, Tam Dao, and Tay Thien. At the launch ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai urged the … [Read more...]

Vinh Phuc: Prioritising Local Tourism Development

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Emerged as three islands on the sky, the three peaks of Tam Dao Mountain Range, namely Phu Nghia, Thach Ban and Thach Son at an altitude of 1,500 metres, have long been the most popular tourist destination in Vietnam's northern province of Vinh Phuc. This land is a gentle silk ribbon that connects the country's northern mountainous provinces with Hanoi and northern lowland provinces. Vinh Phuc province has three typical terrains: highland, midland and lowland. The volcanic mountainous terrain of Vinh Phuc province is tied to Tam Dao Mountain Range, stretching 30 kilometres southeast starting from Dao Tru commune and ending in Ngoc Thanh commune, with many peaks higher than 1,000 metres. Midland terrain features Sang Mountain, 600 metres high, in Dong Que and Lang Cong communes (Lap Thach district). Valleys and river mudflats which are primarily formed by erosion impacts of water currents are fertile alluvial sources for farming. The province has dense river and lake systems, which … [Read more...]

Incense offerings to commemorate General Giap 49 days after his death

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VietNamNet Bridge - On the morning on November 17, hundreds of people flocked to the Sung Phuc monastery in Long Bien District, Hanoi, to commemorate the 49th day of the death anniversary of General Vo Nguyen Giap. Legendary General Vo Nguyen Giap At 8:30am, the ceremony started in the solemn atmosphere. The General died on October 4 and the ceremony was held a few days before Le That Tuan (seven weeks after the death) ceremony of the General. Mr. Vu Van Canh, vice president of the Vu - Vo family in Hanoi, on behalf of the organizing committee, spoke before starting the incense offering rituals. He said the ceremony is a chance for people to offer incense and show their honor to General Vo Nguyen Giap. Venerable Thich Kien Nguyet, Manager of the Truc Lam Tay Thien monastery said the monks and nuns are honored to contribute to pray for General Vo Nguyen Giap. According to tradition, the requiem to the departed soul in the 7th week is extremely … [Read more...]