Vietnam tourist attractions open for free, offer diverse activities during Tet

Lush peach blossoms are in seen in Hanoi's iconic Nhat Tan Garden in this  Tuoi Tre  file photo.   A farmer is pictured watering his citrus plants, a common Tet embellishment, in this  Reuters  file photo.  Hoi An

A number of relics in Hanoi, Hue, and Hoi An Ancient Town will be open to tourists for free during Tet (Lunar New Year), while a myriad of activities are poised to take place in several other localities to celebrate the holiday. Hanoi The Hanoi People’s Committee has decided six of the capital’s relics and scenic spots will be open free to visitors on Lunar New Year’s Eve and the first two days of the new year, or from February 18 to 20. The spots are Ngoc Son and Quan Thanh Temples, Tay Phuong, Thay and Huong Pagodas, and Duong Lam Ancient Village. Pyrotechnic shows are also expected to light up 30 spots in the city on Lunar New Year’s Eve. Five high-range firework shows are set to sparkle over Hoan Kiem (Sword) Lake, Thong Nhat Park, Lac Long Quan Garden, Van Quan Lake, and My Dinh National Stadium. The other 25 low-range firework shows will take place in other areas. Authorities in Hoi An City, located in the central province of Quang Nam, … [Read more...]

Pre-1975 monuments in HCM City

Quach Thi Trang Statue in front of Tran Nguyen Han Monument.

VietNamNet Bridge - Many monuments built before the country’s unification in 1975 are located at HCM City’s most important traffic hubs. Emperor Quang Trung, real name Nguyen Hue (1753 - 1792), was the second emperor of the Tay Son Dynasty. He was a talented political leader with many nation-building reforms, a brilliant military leader with great victories in stabilizing the country and fighting foreign invaders. Kien Thuc … [Read more...]

Vietnamese myths featured in music

Spirited performer: Le Cat Trong Ly rehearses for her Vui transnational tour, held a few years ago.— Photo Courtesy of Le Cat Trong Ly

Vietnamese singer Le Cat Trong Ly along with American artists will depict six legendary Vietnamese myths through singing, live visual arts and an interactive dance tonight in HCM City. The American electronic duo, Space/Panther, will collaborate with Ly to create a digital fictional book about the six myths. Le Cat Trong Ly used one of the legends in composing her first song Chenh Venh when she began her music career. She wrote the song after reading the myths about Tien Dung and Chu Dong Tu. Inspired by the Vietnamese stories, the production will take the audience on an exhilarating ride through a land of fantasy. The legendary story of the fairy Au Co and dragon king Lac Long Quan represents the origin of the Vietnamese people, and the myth about Son Tinh and Thuy Tinh represents the seasonal patterns in Viet Nam. The story about Thanh Giong concerns a young boy who becomes a giant, brought by the gods to fight off invaders in Viet Nam, and another myth revolves around Chu … [Read more...]

Vietnamese people nationwide celebrate New Year

‘Street Lighting’ program featuring thousands of colorful lights in Can Tho

Like people elsewhere worldwide, Vietnamese people throughout the country had many joyous activities on New Years' Eve and expressed good wishes for happy and prosperous New Year to each other, last night. The much awaited event was a 15-minute firework display in combination with light art performances at the Bitexco Financial Tower in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1. The art of visual effects in motion pictures gave audiences an opportunity to enjoy images of national flag, Party flag, President Ho Chi Minh’s portrait and the city’s icons. Another low-range firework display took place at the Dam Sen Park in District 11. The city has seen many cultural events, including the 2015 New Year Festival in September 23 Park; a ‘Street Lighting’ program featuring thousands of colorful lights in the City Center; and art performances at Labor Culture Palace, in front of Thu Thiem tunnel's gate in District 2, in Rach Mieu Indoor Stadium in Phu Nhuan District, … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh City bustling with numerous New Year activities

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A series of festive activities will be held across Ho Chi Minh City to welcome the New Year 2015. One of the highlights is spectacular firework displays on New Year’s Eve (January 1). A 15-minute firework display in combination with light art performances will be set up at the Bitexco Financial Tower in District 1. The art of visual effects in motion pictures will give audiences an opportunity to enjoy images of national flag, Party flag, President Ho Chi Minh and the city’s icons. Another low-range firework display will take place at the Dam Sen Park in District 11. The city will also see many cultural events, including the 2015 New Year Festival in September 23 Park; a ‘Street Lighting’ program featuring thousands of colorful lights in the City Center; and art performances at Labor Culture Palace, in front of Thu Thiem tunnel's gate in District 2, in Rach Mieu Indoor Stadium in Phu Nhuan District, Nga Ba Giong Martyr Monument in Hoc Mon District, … [Read more...]

Heritage Linkage: Specific Actions Needed

Although it has a long history and rich, characteristic culture, Vietnam has not paid due attention to linking its heritages to serve tourism to raise heritage values.

Apart from 21 World Heritage Sites, Vietnam has more than 40,000 monuments and landscapes, of which 3,000 monuments are rated "National Relics" and more than 5,000 monuments are rated "Provincial Relics." Some relics have been used for tourism development. Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, has the most World Heritages like Ca Tru singing, Doctorate Stele at Literature Temple, Thang Long Imperial Citadel and Giong Festival. These heritages are very important for tourism development. Mr Mai Tien Dung, Deputy Director of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Hanoi, said, cultural heritages play an extremely important role in tourism development in Hanoi and heritage values are valuable only when they are attached to tourism. Firstly, through tourism, heritages are introduced to domestic and international friends. Secondly, only through tourism, valuable heritages can be restored and preserved. Understanding the tremendous value of World Heritages to tourism development, the … [Read more...]

PetroVietnam’s war veterans care for policy beneficiaries

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PANO - The War Veterans' Association of the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) has handed over gratitude houses to heroic mothers, war invalids and sick soldiers in Thai Binh province in celebration of the 70th founding anniversary of the Vietnam People’s Army and the 25th anniversary of the All-People's Defense Festive Day. The PetroVietnam presented a house of comradeship to the family of Nguyen Thi Giong in Quynh Hung commune, Quynh Phu district, a war veteran's wife who has been leading a hard life in a severely degraded house. The 45sq.m house was built at a total cost of VND 93 million, including VND 50 million from the group's gratitude fund. Besides, the group also inaugurated other houses to war veteran Dinh Van Binh in Tran Lam ward, Thai Binh City and heroic Vietnamese mother Dang Thi Khieu in Vu Thu district. The unit also contributed VND 100 million to build new houses for heroic Vietnamese mother Pham Thi Hat, whose brothers and son sacrificed … [Read more...]

Social News 23/12

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Farmer turns down VND30m offers for giant chicken A farmer in Hung Yen Province has grown what he hopes will be an award-winning giant chicken, weighing seven kilograms, and has refused offers of more than VND 30 million to sell it. Han Minh, from Dong Tao Commune, Khoai Chau Distrist, wants to enter the chicken in the annual chicken fair later this month. The commune is renowned for its breed of giant chickens, which can have legs bigger than a man's arm. Han Minh said, "Some people offered me over VND 30 million for my seven kilogram chicken, but I want to sign it up for the upcoming fair." Dong Tao's chickens, which take up to two years to grow to full size, are much sought after for their unique appearance, and as a luxury status symbol for the Tet holiday. The chickens usually fetch prices of VND 300,000 to VND 400,000 per kilogram. Expressway crack repairs completed The Viet Nam Expressway Corporation has finished fixing a 73m crack that appeared between Km82 and 83 of … [Read more...]

Scarcity drives up prices for Tet treats

Hoa Loc mango .— Photo agriviet

HCM CITY (Biz Hub) — The supply of speciality fruits in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta for the coming Tet (Lunar New Year), which falls in mid-February, will be scarce because unfavourable weather has affected output, according to farmers. In recent days, the price of speciality fruit like Nam Roi grapefruit, green-peel and pink-flesh grapefruit and Hoa Loc mango has risen because of low supply. Nguyen Van Khanh, who grows Nam Roi grapefruit in Hau Giang Province's Chau Thanh District, said the price of Nam Roi grapefruit was VND3,000 a kilo higher than the same period last year. Nam Roi grapefruit is selling for VND13,000-16,000 a kilo. Traders at Nam Roi grapefruit orchards have left deposits in advance to buy fruit for Tet at VND20,000-30,000 a kilo, but orchard owners do not have much to sell, Khanh said. This year, only 20 per cent of the flowers of Nam Roi grapefruit bore fruit, as bad weather affected output. Dam Vinh Hung, owner of Huong Mien Tay, a fruit exporting … [Read more...]

Social News 18/12

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Ha Noi told to fight sexual harassment in public transport The National Committee for Traffic Safety asked the Ha Noi People's Committee to combat sexual harassment against women and girls on public transport. Accordingly, relevant agencies must identify locations, public transport routes and road sections where sexual harassment often occurs. The city must also improve lighting in areas where women are vulnerable to sexual assault, broadly announce telephone numbers for police in case of emergency and give instructions and advice on how to avoid and what to do when encountering sexual harassment. Women should be provided training in necessary skills to protect themselves in public places, and authorities should encourage them to report sexual harassment and other physical abuse, the committee said. Additionally, the city must tighten control over areas where sexual abuse is common in order to discover and punish criminals. Deputy chairman of the Ha Noi People's Committee … [Read more...]

Disadvantaged residents in North receive cow

At the ceremony (Photo: SGGP)

Military-run Vietnamese mobile network operator Viettel in coordination with People’s Committee of the northern province of Cao Bang and Border Guard Steering Committee yesterday held a ceremony to give seeding cows to poor residents in the province’s Trung Khanh District. State President Truong Tan Sang and representative of the program "Bo Giong Giup Nguoi ngheo bien gioi" (Seeding cow for border poor residents) handed over 50 cows to disadvantaged people in Chi vien, Dam Thuy, and Phong Nam of Trung Khanh District of Cao Bang Province. Each one year old seeding cow weighing from 130 kilogram worth VND50 million (US$2,340) will help residents stabilize and improve their family economy. To support residents in breeding cows, Viettel Corporation also gave each family a mobile phone for connecting the steering board when they need guideline. In addition, Viettel Corporation provided 20,000 tons of cement for building and upgrading farm houses. Speaking at the ceremony, … [Read more...]

2014 outstanding entrepreneurs and lecturers honored

30 outstanding entrepreneurs and lecturers were honored in Hanoi,    on Sunday. (Photo: vov.vn)

(VOVworld) – 30 outstanding entrepreneurs and lecturers were honored in Hanoi, on Sunday. A ceremony was co-hosted by the Vietnam Young Entrepreneurs Association, the Thanh Giong Intellectual Gateway, and TOPICA E-learning Program. At the event, the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union and Vietnam Youth Union awarded 5 entrepreneurs who have helped youths set themselves up in business. 30 entrepreneurs have led projects to assist youths in business and share their experience with youths via E-learning. … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh City to welcome New Year with myriad festivities

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Many activities to welcome the upcoming New Year will kick off from December 20 in Ho Chi Minh City, the local People’s Committee said Tuesday on its website. Several streets in the downtown area including Ham Nghi, Le Loi, Dong Khoi, Le Duan, Nguyen Van Troi and Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, as well as well-known places such as District 1’s Lam Son Park and Con Rua (Turtle) Lake will be decorated with lights from December 20 to January 5. … [Read more...]

War veterans contribute to new rural development in Ben Tre

Rice fields in Chau Binh commune, Giong Trom district

(VOVworld) – Upholding the fine tradition of President Ho Chi Minh’s soldiers, war veterans in Ben Tre province have spared no effort to contribute to local socio-economic development. They have always taken the lead in implementing the national program on new rural development. VOV’s Phan Anh reports… Chau Binh commune in Ben Tre province’s Giong Trom district has seen significant changes in recent years including new bridges and paved roads. These changes are thanks to the tireless efforts of local authorities and the public, especially war veterans, who went to every household to encourage people to donate land, money, and labor to build roads and upgrade the local infrastructure. The engagement of war veterans in the new rural development program created the local people’s consensus and trust necessary to the program’s success. Dao Van Hoi, Secretary of Chau Binh commune’s Party Committee, said: "The local War Veterans’ … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 7/10

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Dragon Bridge among world's top 30 gorgeous bridges Rong (Dragon) Bridge in the central city of Danang has been listed among top 30 gorgeous bridges over the world by a famous tourism website, Viralnova. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 6/10

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Music, light show brightens HCM City A free concert will grace HCM City with visual effects and performances of Viet Nam's leading singers. Cao Hon, Xa Hon ­- Viet Nam Oi! (Move Higher and Farther, Viet Nam!) will take place at the Reunification Palace on October11. The two-hour concert will include three parts, with each part spotlighting Thanh Bui, Hong Nhung or Ho Ngoc Ha. Thanh, owner of the Soul Music Academy, said: "My performance will feature my little students. We will bring audiences songs in both Vietnamese and English. There will be dance and musicals as well." … [Read more...]