A kilometer-long vegetable garden in Hanoi

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VietNamNet Bridge – The longest vegetable garden in Hanoi can be found along the Thang Long Highway in Hanoi. Thang Long, the country’s longest and most modern highway, opened to traffic on September 29, 2010 to celebrate the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi as Vietnam’s capital city. The highway is 28km long, running from the Pham Hung-Khuat Duy Tien-Tran Duy Hung roundabout through Tu Liem, Hoai Duc, Quoc Oai and Thach That districts to National Highway 21A (km 31+ 64, the starting point of the Ho Chi Minh road). People living along the highway have taken advantage of the empty land along the road to grow vegetables. Mrs. Nguyen Thi Mo, a farmer in Dong Truc commune, Thach That district in Hanoi, said her family has planted vegetables along the highway for nearly two years. Ms. Le Thi Bich, of Thach Hoa commune in Thach That district, claims to be a pioneer in planting organic vegetables along the road. Some pictures of this special vegetable garden: … [Read more...]

Social News 30/1

Canadian man arrested for drug Customs officials at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City January 28 released that they arrested a Canadian man for drug trafficking. He was found hiding nearly 50,000 tablets of methamphetamine at the bottom of his suitcases when he was checked upon arriving in the country. The drug is estimated to sell for over VND20 billion (US$952,000) in the Vietnamese market. Project launched to support high-quality vocational training in Vietnam The British Council will co-ordinate with the General Directorate of Vocational Training (GDVT) to implement a programme starting this March to improve the quality of vocational training at nine high-quality vocational training colleges across Vietnam. The above goal is part of the content of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two sides in Hanoi on January 28, aiming to develop vocational training quality assurance in vocational training facilities in Vietnam that are being … [Read more...]

Social News 27/1

Students respond to blood donation campaign Thousands of students from various universities in Hanoi participated in a voluntary blood donation campaign at the Hanoi University of Technology on January 25 as part of the ongoing ‘Red Sunday’ festival nationwide. Speaking at the event , Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said more efforts need to be made to further promote voluntary blood donation movements, including raising public awareness and keeping blood transfusion safe . Phuc joined volunteers in signing to show determination in promoting voluntary blood donation , making the Red Sunday develop further in the coming time. Meanwhile, Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, who is also head of the National Steering Committee for Voluntary Blood Donation, quoted the World Health Organsisation’s statistics saying that Vietnam needs minimum 1.8 million blood units to save patients. However, the country has yet to meet the demand, she noted, adding that the … [Read more...]

Social News 26/1

Hospital treats puffer fish patients Nghe An Province's general hospital yesterday said doctors were able to save three people suffering from food poisoning after eating puffer fish. The victims, from Cua Lo Town, were rushed to the hospital on Saturday night. According to family members, they ate puffer fish on their vessel while fishing, and developed nausea and headaches, before slowly losing consciousness. Doctors have warned residents in coastal areas not to eat puffer fish, due to a high risk of food poisoning. Man arrested for drug, weapons smuggling Border police in Moc Chau District and relevant law enforcement agencies detained a person on Saturday carrying weapons and 1.75kg of heroin. The person was identified as Trang A Cho, born in 1984, a resident of Dong Sang Commune in Moc Chau District. Police seized a grenade, seven bullets and a shotgun. The case is still under investigation. Petrol stations cheat customers in Dac Lac An investigation by the Dac Lac … [Read more...]

Veteran photographer holds Vietnam’s first-ever exhibit on wild birds

Two red-headed cranes are pictured fighting in front of 'spectators' in one of Tang A Pau's photos.

A veteran photographer who has dedicated 10 years to capturing various species of birds in Vietnam with his lens is organizing the country’s first-ever exhibit on wild birds. The "Chim Rung Mua Ket Ban" (Wild Birds During the Mating Season) photo exhibition opened on Saturday and will close on Wednesday at the Ho Chi Minh City Youth Culture House, at 4 Pham Ngoc Thach Street, District 1. The exhibit, the first of its kind on wild birds in Vietnam, features 130 photos of wild birds, including rare and extinct species, which were taken by Tang A Pau, a veteran local photographer who is also a businessman. Among them are 12 photos which ingeniously depict red-headed cranes, an endangered species. Pau, 61, said that over the past seven years, he has taken pictures of almost 500 of the 850 bird species found in Vietnam, while the remaining 350 may elude his lens until his time runs out. The photographer added since he became infatuated with photography, particularly with … [Read more...]

Many charitable activities for disadvantaged people nationwide launched

Vice chairwoman of Ho Chi Minh City Committee for Overseas Vietnamese, Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hanh offered gifts to overseas Vietnamese in Cambodia. (Photo: Sggp)

Ho Chi Minh City Committee for Overseas Vietnamese and Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine offered 500 Tet gifts for Vietnamese people in Cambodia’s Phnom Penh on January 24. Pham Ngoc Thach Medicine University’s doctor delegation organized free-examination and treatment on the occasion. On behalf of Vietnamese people in Cambodia, Vice of the General Association of Vietnamese Cambodian People, Chairman Nguyen Van Thong thanked the delegation. On the same day, the Vietnam Youth Union and Trung Nguyen Corporation organized the "Youth Aspiration 2015" program in Dak Lak Province’s Buon Ma Thuot City. This year’s event themed "The trip of books that will change your life" brought 1,000 books and 10 scholarships worth VND1 million each to good students. Minh Tam Charity Organization and Kon Tum Red Cross Association also handed over 500 presents to the poor people of ethnic minorities in Dak Glei District’s Muong Hoong Commune on January 24. Meanwhile … [Read more...]

Shopping malls combine modern and traditional retail to attract customers

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VietNamNet Bridge – As high-end shopping malls continue to face difficulties attracting customers, some retailers are combining two business models, modern merchandising and traditional markets. In 2013, CBRE Vietnam, a real estate service provider, predicted that bazaars would be more popular. This kind of marketplace uses both modern merchandising now followed by shopping malls and the trading mode of traditional markets. Saigon Square in HCM City, for example, is expected to be a model that will develop strongly in the future. After Saigon Square 1 and 2, Phan Thanh Company in early 2015 opened Saigon Square 3 on Hai Ba Trung Street in district 3 of HCM City. Also, Taka Plaza 2 on Pham Ngoc Thach Street is expected to become operational by the end of the first quarter of 2015. In late December 2014, Hung Vuong Square, a shopping model similar to An Dong Plaza, was opened. In 2013, bazaars were not attractive in the eyes of investors. Saigon Square, Taka Plaza and An … [Read more...]

Social News 25/1

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Authorities bust traffickers for transporting firecrackers Several individuals were caught transporting forbidden commodities over the past few days, alerting authorities to the worsening problem of trafficking during the days approaching Tet (lunar new year). In Quang Ninh Province's Ha Long City yesterday, a team of economic and traffic police caught container driver Tran Van Dang transporting 17kg of made-in-China firecrackers. The Hai Duong Province resident said he purchased the goods in Mong Cai City for VND800,000 (US$37) and intended to resell them for profit. City police are completing the necessary documents to charge Dang with transport of forbidden goods. On Wednesday, the General Department of Viet Nam Customs's Department of Investigation and Anti-Smuggling and Quang Ninh Province's Mong Cai Border Gate customs officers dispatched forces to watch for firecracker smugglers. Although the smugglers escaped, they left behind four jute bags containing 30 strings of … [Read more...]

Developing the breed forests, gardens for sowing seeds for seedling in the sustainable direction

One seedling garden for forest planting in Dong Xuan district

In 2014, the entire province had more than 4,800ha of concentrated forests planted, meeting 100% of the plan (protective forests are 337ha, exceptionally used forests are 39ha, producing forests are more than 4,424ha), increasing the covering percentage to more than 38%. However, in the past time, the province’s breed gardens have not met the demand of planting forests among organizations, individuals. This requires the province to have sustainable solutions to the system of breed forests and seedling gardens of forestry plants. According to the scheme for the system of breed forests and seedling gardens of the province to the year 2020, vision to 2030 with the total expenditure of more than 37 billion dongs, Phu Yen province has set the target to the year 2020 to supply 80% of seeds from the acknowledged breed sources. Among which, 80% of breeds are from the vegetative breeds for planting production, protecting forests. For the short plan up to the year 2016, the province … [Read more...]

Wild animal restaurants located next to Cuc Phuong National Park

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VietNamNet Bridge – Wild animal meat is being sold at luxury restaurants and low-roofed street shops near the Cuc Phuong National Park area. Wild animal meat is displayed for sale in the open air at the "market". A squirrel is sold at VND65,000 there, a bamboo rat VND300,000, a muntjac VND420,000, and a civet cat at VND1.1 million per kilo. Lao Dong reporters said they were surprised to see wild animal meat restaurants when they traveled from Thach Lam commune in Thanh Hoa province to An Nghia commune of Hoa Binh province, two localities located in Cuc Phuong National Park area that are under strict control. A worker at the "Diem Hen Cuc Phuong" (Cuc Phuong Reservoir), when asked about the best specialties on the menu, said his restaurant could offer anything ordered by customers, but squirrel meat had run out because of high demand. "Enter any roadside shops or restaurant, where you can see refrigerators, you will be able to buy wild animal meat," Lao Dong reported. … [Read more...]

Vocational training at a Buddhist pagoda

Story: Nguyen Oanh - Photos: Nguyen Luan

Hang Pagoda was built in Chau Thanh Town, Chau Thanh District in 1637. It is considered "a special vocational training school" by Tra Vinh residents. In 2002, when the main chamber of the pagoda was rebuilt, artisan Thach Buol in Dong Thanh Commune, Binh Minh District of Vinh Long Province was invited to design the patterns and produce some sculpture for decorative purposes. Seeing the beautiful wooden sculptures made by artisan Thach Buol, venerable monk Thach Suong invited him to stay in the pagoda to teach sculpture to young monks. The first class at the pagoda was attended by four young monks. After two years of apprenticeship, these monks became skilled at the work. Gradually, they taught the craft to new students. The vocational training school of Hang Pagoda was well-known throughout the region, attracting an increasing number of monks, nuns and Khmer young people in the province to the school to learn the craft. The fame became widespread and children of … [Read more...]

Close-up of seven newly recognized national treasures

In 1967 alone, nine pilots of the Vietnam People's Air Force sat in the cockpit, and shot down 14 US aircraft. Eight of the nine pilots were given the honor Hero of the People's Armed Forces.

VietNamNet Bridge - Seven of 12 newly recognized national treasures exhibited or preserved in Hanoi. The military strategic map entitled "Ho Chi Minh Campaign's Determination" was completed on April 21, 1975. The campaign led to the liberation of southern Vietnam and the country's unification on April 30, 1975. The map can also be found at the Vietnam Military History Museum. A collection of 82 stone steles commemorating royal court doctors who passed the royal examination from the 15th to 18th century. The steles, found at Hanoi's Temple of Literature, made it on to UNESCO's list of world documentary heritage in 2010. On March 9, 2010 in Macau, China, the Memory World Committee in Asia-Pacific of UNESCO recognized the doctor stone steles under the Post-Le and Mac dynasties in Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam (Hanoi) as world heritage documentation under the UNESCO world memorial program. The 82 laureate steles are the only ones in the world carved with inscriptions with the … [Read more...]

Social News 17/1

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Fishing boat rescued near Truong Sa A fishing boat and its 13 crew members were rescued at sea near Viet Nam's Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands after sending an SOS on Wednesday. The boat's crew belongs to Ly Son Island's An Hai Commune in the central province of Quang Ngai. Nguyen Quoc Chinh, head of the An Hai Commune Fishing Union, confirmed yesterday that the union had received an SOS from fishing boat QNg 96156 TS, which was stranded off the island of Thuyen Chai in the Truong Sa Islands of Khanh Hoa Province. Other fishing boats nearby failed to approach the boat due to big waves and the rough sea. However, ship HQ561 from Navy Zone 4 was able to tow the fishing boat to anchor on Thuyen Chai Island. The sea around the Truong Sa Islands has been choppy over the last few days with 3-4m high waves. Two arrested for trafficking women in Son La Two persons were arrested for cheating andtrafficking Vietnamese women near the Viet Nam-China border onTuesday, said the Son La Border … [Read more...]

12 artefacts awarded the title “National Treasure”

82 doctorate stelae at Ha Noi's Temple of Literature are among the newly recognised national treasures.

The Hanoitimes - Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has just decided to recognize for 12 objects, artifacts as the National Treasure. Accordingly, 12 newly National Treasures include: 1. The Huu Chung bronze drum of the Dong Son Civilisation, currently on display at the Hai Duong Provincial Museum. 2. The Thanh Mai Bell which dates back to AD798. It is exhibited at the Hanoi Museum. 3. A collection of 82 stone stelae commemorating royal court doctors from the 15th to 18th century, currently kept at the Ha Noi's Temple of Literature. 4. The "Khon Nguyen Chi Duc Chi Bi" stele from the 15th century still is preserved in the Lam Kinh historic site in Thanh Hoa province. 5. A Thuy Mon Temple stele from 1670, currently exhibited at the Lang Son Provincial Museum. 6. The Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva (Thousand-Hand-Thousand-Eye) statue, dating back to the 16th century, is preserved at the Da Xuyen Pagoda, Da Ton commune, Gia Lam district, Hanoi. 7. A set of three Buddhist statues … [Read more...]

Vietnam names another 12 cultural, historical items national treasures

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The Vietnamese Prime Minister has signed a decision to recognize another 12 items of huge cultural and historical value as national treasures. The new batch of national treasures – the third so far – includes the Huu Chung Bronze Drum, which belongs to the Dong Son Culture, one of Vietnam's thriving ancient cultures, and is being kept at the Hai Duong Province Museum in the north. The Thanh Mai Bell, which dates back to year 798 and is being preserved at the Hanoi Museum in the capital, is another new addition. Also on the list is a set of 82 steles which dates between 1484 and 1780 and belongs to the Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam in Hanoi – believed to be the country’s first university. Inscribed on the steles are names of the outstanding performers in old-time examinations along with other details. The list also includes a 400-year-old set of Di Da Tam Ton statues, which is an asset of the Thay Pagoda in Quoc Oai District, Hanoi. The pagoda was named a … [Read more...]

Additional 12 national treasures recognized

Doctoral steles at the Temple of Literature in Hanoi (Source: qdnd.vn)

The Prime Minister has decided to recognize 12 objects of unique heritage as national treasures. They include: First is Huu Chung bronze drum of the Dong Son civilisation, which is on display at the northern Hai Duong provincial museum. Second is Thanh Mai bell, dating back to AD798, which is exhibited at the Hanoi museum. Third is a collection of 82 doctoral steles at the Temple of Literature in Hanoi, from 1484 – 1780. Forth is Khon Nguyen Chi Duc Chi Bi stele from the 15th century, which still sits amidst Lam Kinh historical and architectural site in the central province of Thanh Hoa. Fifth is Thuy Mon temple stele from 1670, which is being kept at the northern Lang Son provincial museum. Sixth is Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva (Thousand-Hand-Thousand-Eye) statue, from the 16th century, which is being preserved at Dao Xuyen pagoda, Da Ton commune, Gia Lam district, Hanoi. Seventh is a set of statues in Thay pagoda, Sai Son commune, Quoc Oai district, Hanoi, dating back … [Read more...]

Huu Chung bronze drum becomes national treasure

The Prime Minister has just signed a decision to bestow the title of "national treasure" on 12 objects of unique national heritage. Here's the rundown of the newly recognised treasure. 1. The Huu Chung bronze drum of the Dong Son Civilisation, currently on display at the Hai Duong Provincial Museum. 2. The Thanh Mai Bell which dates back to AD798. It is exhibited at the Hanoi Museum. 3. A collection of 82 stone stelae commemorating royal court doctors who passed the royal examination from the 15th to 18th century. The steles, found at Hanoi's Temple of Literature, made it on to UNESCO's list of world documentary heritage in 2010. 4. The Khon Nguyen Chi Duc Chi Bi stele from the 15th century still sits amidst the Lam Kinh historic site in Thanh Hoa province. 5. A Thuy Mon Temple stele from 1670, currently housed at the Lang Son Provincial Museum. 6. The Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva (Thousand-Hand-Thousand-Eye) statue, dating back to the 16th century, can be seen at the Da … [Read more...]

12 objects to be honoured as national treasure

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(Cinet)- The Prime Minister has just signed a decision to honour a title of "national treasure" to 12 objects of unique national heritage. Accordingly, 12 artefacts gain new status as follows: 1. The Huu Chung bronze drum of the Dong Son Civilisation at the Hai Duong Provincial Museum. 2. The Thanh Mai Bell which dates back to AD798 exhibited at the Ha Noi Museum. 3. A collection of 82 stone steles commemorating royal court doctors who passed the royal examination from the 15th to 18th century at Ha Noi's Temple of Literature. 4. The Khon Nguyen Chi Duc Chi Bi stele from the 15th century at the Lam Kinh historic site in Thanh Hoa Province. 5. A Thuy Mon Temple stele from 1670at the Lang Son Provincial Museum. 6. The Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva (Thousand-Hand-Thousand-Eye) statue on the 16th centuryat the Da Xuyen Pagoda in Da Ton Commune, Gia Lam District, Ha Noi. 7. A set of three Buddhist statues – the Amitabha Buddha, Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva of compassion and mercy, … [Read more...]

Twelve artefacts gain new status

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Photo:VNA The Prime Minister just signed a decision to bestow the title of "national treasure" to 12 objects of unique national heritage. Here's the rundown of the newly recognised treasure. 1. The Huu Chung bronze drum of the Dong Son Civilisation, currently on display at the Hai Duong Provincial Museum. 2. The Thanh Mai Bell which dates back to AD798. It is exhibited at the Hanoi Museum. 3. A collection of 82 stone stelae commemorating royal court doctors who passed the royal examination from the 15th to 18th century. The steles, found at Hanoi's Temple of Literature, made it on to UNESCO's list of world documentary heritage in 2010. 4. The Khon Nguyen Chi Duc Chi Bi stele from the 15th century still sits amidst the Lam Kinh historic site in Thanh Hoa province. 5. A Thuy Mon Temple stele from 1670, currently housed at the Lang Son Provincial Museum. 6. The Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva (Thousand-Hand-Thousand-Eye) statue, dating back to the 16th century, can be seen at the … [Read more...]

12 artefacts gain new status

Treasured: 82 doctorate stelae at Hanoi's Temple of Literature are among the newly recognised national treasures. — Photo webchinhphu.vn

The Prime Minister just signed a decision to bestow the title of "national treasure" to 12 objects of unique national heritage. Here's the rundown of the newly recognised treasure. 1. The Huu Chung bronze drum of the Dong Son Civilisation, currently on display at the Hai Duong Provincial Museum. 2. The Thanh Mai Bell which dates back to AD798. It is exhibited at the Hanoi Museum. 3. A collection of 82 stone stelae commemorating royal court doctors who passed the royal examination from the 15th to 18th century. The steles, found at Hanoi's Temple of Literature, made it on to UNESCO's list of world documentary heritage in 2010. 4. The Khon Nguyen Chi Duc Chi Bi stele from the 15th century still sits amidst the Lam Kinh historic site in Thanh Hoa Province. 5. A Thuy Mon Temple stele from 1670, currently housed at the Lang Son Provincial Museum. 6. The Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva (Thousand-Hand-Thousand-Eye) statue, dating back to the 16th century, can be seen at the Da Xuyen Pagoda … [Read more...]