Art & Entertainment News 8/1

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Local rock music gaining popularity As many as 20,000 rock music lovers took part in RockStorm7 night concert which was held in HCMC on December 27. This was seen as a highlight in the local music industry, manifesting the vigorous sprit of rock music. RockStorm7 undoubtedly created an unforgettable music feast among rock enthusiasts with the participation of six bands playing different styles of rock including Stevans from Switzerland and SPF from Thailand. There are currently more than 10 leading rock bands in Vietnam such as Buc Tuong, Microwave, Ngu Cung and Unlimited. Perhaps due to the fact that this type of music is too strong and overwhelming for a majority of people, rock music is only available at bars, clubs and a few music festivals without much attention from the media. Therefore, the possible way to connect rock music and its lovers is by means of album launch and promotion on digital platforms. However, issuing albums is also seen as a challenge for bands … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 20/12

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Twelve sites recognised as national relics Twelve archaeological, historical and architectural relics around the country have been recognised as national relic sites by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The Ky Anh ancient rock rampart in Ky Lac commune, Ky Anh district, Ha Tinh province. The list consists of three archaeological, seven historical and two architectural relics, located in 10 provinces: Son La, Thai Nguyen, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Thua Thien–Hue, Quang Nam, An Giang, Binh Phuoc, Long An and Khanh Hoa. Three archaeological relics named are the Loi Citadel in Thuy Xuan and Thuy Bieu wards, Hue City, Thua Thien–Hue province; Hoa Diem relic in Cam Thinh Dong commune, Cam Ranh city, Khanh Hoa province; and Khe Ho ancient rock ground in Hang Chu commune, Bac Yen district, Son La province. The seven historical sites comprise three in Thai Nguyen, including the complex of Muc Temple and Huong Ap pagoda in Pho Yen district; the relic where the Brigade 308 … [Read more...]

Tale of Vietnamese Dragon

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In Asian myths, no creature is as impressive as the dragon. For Vietnamese peasants, the dragon was a vivid symbol of the fourfold deity-clouds, rain, thunder and lighting. Represented by an S shape, dragons are depicted on artifacts dating back to the Dong Son-Au Lac culture, which existed in northern Vietnam in the first millennium B.C. Later came the cult of Tu Phap, or the Four Miracles. Long ago stargazers identified the Dragon constellation made up of seven stars arranged like an S. The brightest star is the Mind (Tam), also known as the Divine (Than) star. The word Than may also be read as Thin (Dragon), which denotes the third month of the lunar calendar and represents the Yang vital energy. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 6/9

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Exhibit features photographs on the art of dancing More than 100 of this year's best photographs on the art of dancing are currently on display at an exhibit in the capital city that runs until September 14. … [Read more...]

Architectural decorative materials in the Ly and Tran Dynasties in 11th -14th centuries (Part 1)

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By the end of the 19th century and early 20th century, many excavations on the ancient citadel of Thang Long had been deployed. Many objects made of ceramic and terra-cotta were discovered and sent to the Louis Finot Museum, now the Vietnam National Museum of History. Many are inscribed with the place of origin as Quan Ngua, Ngoc Ha, Van Phuc, Huu Tiep, Kim Ma, Cong Vi, Lieu Giai that bearing the characteristics of Ly-Tran Dynasties. Many objects of which have been registered as the national treasures and now are on display at the permanent exhibition system of the VNMH Museum. … [Read more...]

Thang Long-Hanoi

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(VOVworld) - Hanoi has been in the heart of Vietnam since it became the capital city 10 centuries ago. Historical traces of the Thang Long now Hanoi ancient city and its current rapid developments are the pride of the Vietnamese. In his rise to the throne in 1010, King Ly Thai To ordered moved the capital city from Hoa Lu to Dai La Citadel. Legends tell that upon arrival in Dai La citadel, the King saw a cloud in the shape of a dragon taking off. He decided to rename the new capital as Thang Long or Soaring Dragon. King Ly Thai To's decision to choose the most favorable location in the country to build a political, economic and cultural center has been praised by generations of Vietnamese people. The capital city of Hanoi has a favorable road and river traffic geographical position. Located in the heart of the Red River Delta, it is an important political and religious center of the country. Hanoi has also become a meeting place of outstanding people from all over Vietnam. It is now … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 3/7

Transnational drug trafficking ring busted in Quang Ninh Quang Ninh police officials are expanding their investigation of a transnational drug trafficking ring illegally smuggling drugs from China into Vietnam headed by Ngo Ngoc Phong (42 years old). Earlier on June 25, police caught Phong red-handed hiding 231.02g of synthetic drugs. Searching Phong's house at Hai Yen ward, Mong Cai City, Quang Ninh province, police seized 609.67g of synthetic drugs, K59 gun, 14 bullets, 6 detonators and drug trafficking paraphernalia. … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 12/5

The 2014 UN Day of Vesak successfully wrapped up on Saturday in the northern province of Ninh Binh, with the adoption of a statement highlighting three sustainable development pillars.

UN Day of Vesak commemorations wrap up The four-day event brought together nearly 1,500 delegates from 95 countries and territories worldwide, and more than 20,000 domestic and foreign Buddhist monks, nuns and followers. … [Read more...]

Hanoi Citadel

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The Hanoitimes - In the past, Hanoi Citadel located in a quite large area, the West side near Hoang Dieu street, East side near Nguyen Tri Phuong, South side near Tran Phu street, North side near Phan Dinh Phung street. In 1010, under Ly dynasty, Thang Long became the capital city which was built and expanded after next dynasties. The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long was constructed with three round nesting. The Forbidden citadel under Ly - Tran dynasty in last round where is the palace area. Citadel in the middle covers economic zone for population in the east. In external round is Dai La citadel. In 1805, Nguyen Dynasty constructed Hanoi Citadel and retained the Forbidden Citadel area. The royal palaces and other various structures were largely destroyed by the colonial French in the late 19th century. Some structures remain such as Doan Mon gate and the Flag Tower of Hanoi, as well as the steps of Kinh Thien Palace and the Hau Lau (Princess' Palace). Doan Mon gate was the … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 6/3

Hue will host a folk music festival in May, gathering performance artists from a range of troupes from central Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue provinces.

Hue gathers regional musicians for folk music festival According to the Thua Thien-Hue Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the festival will be held to promote unique forms of folk music and aid the preservation of traditional music, threatened by the popularity of modern art forms. The festival will also serve as a platform for folk artists to exchange and train young artists, including vocalists and traditional musical instrument performers. Shows at the festival will include solo and group performances, featuring the distinctive tunes and melodies of each locality. In addition to folk art troupes, the festival will attract guest groups from the Hue club in HCM City, the Hue band in Voice of Viet Nam, and the Hue Music Academy. Ca Hue, or Hue tunes, is a unique art form that was developed by feudal mandarin families during the Nguyen dynasty (1802-1945). It later spread, becoming a common form of folk music. Children's book tells pigs' story Veteran author … [Read more...]

Thang Long Imperial Citadel remains a mystery: seminar

The excavation, which kicked off in 2008, has begun to reveal a considerably larger area, which in experts' estimation would measure several hectares, compared to the unearthed area of some thousands of square meters.

Experts at a recent workshop, held to report the results of the excavation at the UNESCO-recognized Thang Long Imperial Citadel in Hanoi, estimated that it would take 1-2 centuries to explore the complex in depth. "Our current knowledge about the site is nothing compared to the entire treasure it boasts. It would probably take one or two centuries to explore the entire complex, and 50-60 years just to delve into its core quarter alone," Ass. Prof Tong Trung Tin noted. The experts strongly urged that short-term and long-term planning be made for the complex and a continuous, painstaking research process be initiated on the site. According to the Vietnam Archeology Institute, the excavator, the excavation established the continual cultural strata spanning from Dai La, the country's capital in the 8th and 9th centuries to the Ly, Tran, Le and Nguyen dynasties. The excavation also, for the first time ever, disclosed the vestige of the buttresses and a brick-tiled yard in the Ly … [Read more...]

Thang Long royal citadel needs excavations: experts

The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long site requires further excavations, which may take one to two more centuries, according to Prof Tong Trung Tin, director of Vietnam Archaeology Institute. Kinh Thien Palace is a main building in the central sector of the Thang Long imperial citadel, which is located in Hoang Dieu street. It sits in the centre of the complex, facing Doan Mon (south gate) and Flag Tower. The palace, which was built in 1428, was believed to be the most important building, hosting many royal ceremonies. The palace, however, was almost destroyed at the end of the 19th century by the French, and what remains today are a 100 cm-high banister to the south and large stone steps carved with dragons. "We are touching an elephant and do not know its whole body," he told Viet Nam News, "Our findings on layers of Ly, Tran and Le dynasties are only small pieces of the story. The area that has been excavated is too small to explain the entire old royal capital." … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment Highlights December 13

The Thang Long royal citadel relics require further excavations, which may take one to two more centuries, according to Prof Tong Trung Tin, director of Viet Nam Archaeology Institute.

Thang Long citadel needs excavations Kinh Thien Palace is a main building in the central sector of the Thang Long imperial citadel, which is located in present downtown Ha Noi. It sits in the centre of the complex, facing Doan Mon (south gate) and Flag Tower. The palace, which was built in 1428, was believed to be the most important building, hosting many royal ceremonies. It is also in this palace where royal audiences were opened to discuss national issues. The palace, however, was almost destroyed at the end of the 19th century by the French, and what remains today are a 100 cm-high banister to the south and large stone steps carved with dragons. "We are touching an elephant and do not know its whole body," he told Viet Nam News, "Our findings on layers of Ly, Tran and Le dynasties are only small pieces of the story. The area that has been excavated is too small to explain the entire old royal capital." Scientists have excavated two holes of 100sq.m and found continuous … [Read more...]

Thang Long citadel needs excavations

Drained: Traces of a brick drainage pipe dating back to the Tran dynasty (1225-1400) at the Kinh Thien Palace. — VNS Photo Chieu Minh

HA NOI (VNS)— The Thang Long royal citadel relics require further excavations, which may take one to two more centuries, according to Prof Tong Trung Tin, director of Viet Nam Archaeology Institute. Kinh Thien Palace is a main building in the central sector of the Thang Long imperial citadel, which is located in present downtown Ha Noi. It sits in the centre of the complex, facing Doan Mon (south gate) and Flag Tower. The palace, which was built in 1428, was believed to be the most important building, hosting many royal ceremonies. It is also in this palace where royal audiences were opened to discuss national issues. The palace, however, was almost destroyed at the end of the 19th century by the French, and what remains today are a 100 cm-high banister to the south and large stone steps carved with dragons. "We are touching an elephant and do not know its whole body," he told Viet Nam News, "Our findings on layers of Ly, Tran and Le dynasties are only small pieces of the story. … [Read more...]

Lions special to Viet Nam

Hear them roar: Giant lion heads, which archaeologists say used to be pedestals for Buddha statues, in Ba Tam Pagoda near Ha Noi. -  VNS Photo Pham Hoang Van

Sculptures of lions are in many famous places in Beijing. One also finds them in Viet Nam. Wild lions have never lived in either China or Viet Nam. The creatures are present in the cultures of both countries, but the Vietnamese version has different features. By Nguyen My Ha When we visited the Forbidden City in Beijing in September, I was surprised to see giant lions statues guarding the entrance to the Royal Citadel. It was the week prior to China's National Day, and Tiananmen Square was bursting with colour, crowded with people who had travelled from across the country to visit the capital. Our tour guide, a Chinese national who spoke perfect Vietnamese and had 15 years experience, told us that the lions represent the mighty power of the Chinese Emperor. Mighty and powerful as they were, they looked familiar to us Vietnamese, as smaller stone variations have made their way to Ha Noi. Walk around the city, and you can spot them outside banks and office buildings. "Chinese … [Read more...]

History roars to life through lion statues

Welcome: These lions stand first among 10 other animal statues at the entrance to Phat Tich Pagoda, where the country's oldest Amitabha Buddha statue (1057) is kept.

While guardian lion sculptures are frequently associated with China, Viet Nam also boasts many such masterpieces. Reflective of the country's rich history and culture, they are worth a look for anyone curious about Viet Nam's past. Nguyen My Ha reports. When we visited the Forbidden City in Beijing in September, I was surprised to see giant lions statues guarding the entrance to the Royal Citadel. It was the week prior to China's National Day, and Tiananmen Square was bursting with colour, crowded with people who had travelled from across the country to visit the capital. Our tour guide, a Chinese national who spoke perfect Vietnamese and had 15 years experience, told us that the lions represent the mighty power of the Chinese Emperor. Mighty and powerful as they were, they looked familiar to us Vietnamese, as smaller stone variations have made their way to Ha Noi. Walk around the city, and you can spot them outside banks and office buildings. "Chinese tourists come here and say … [Read more...]

Art & entertainment highlights for 21/10

Around 40 outfits designed by world and Vietnamese leading designers were presented at a fashion show in Hanoi on October 19 to mark the 40th anniversary of Vietnam-Australia diplomatic ties.

Prehistoric relics found in mountains Artifacts left by prehistoric men from the late Palaeolithic Age have been discovered at the Sua Can Ty archaeological site in Quan Ba District, in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang. The findings include nearly 200 relics, mostly work tools made from stone. Archaeologist Nguyen Truong Dong from the Viet Nam Institute of Archaeology said the tools were typical of the Son Vi civilisation (20,000 - 12,000 BC) in the late Palaeolithic Age in Viet Nam. Research showed that prehistoric men had lived at the Sua Can Ty site, he added. Beginning in early October, the excavation spanned more than 100sq.m and is 1.1m deep. The Sua Can Ty site is located on the Dong Van Stone Plateau, an ancient area containing a number of relic sites from various periods throughout Viet Nam's history. Film festival makes science fun Children between six and 18 years in Viet Nam will experience how fun it is to learn about nature, environment and new … [Read more...]

Remains of the ancient citadels in Vietnam

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VietNamNet Bridge - The laterite walls or the ruined gates covered by moss are the traces of original structures in ancient times. Son Tay ancient citadel Located in Son Tay town, more than 40 km from Hanoi's center, the ancient Son Tay citadel is an ancient and unique military architecture in Vietnam, which was built in 1822 under the reign of King Minh Mang. In the citadel, construction works are built in the South - North symmetric axis. In the middle is Vong Cung Nu, the place where the King rested and where mandarins in the town performed rituals annually. The first impression that visitors easily feel about Son Tay ancient citadel is the image of ancient trees of hundreds of years old. The rough roots get stretched, embrace the moss walls and the ruined ancient gates, creating an ancient beauty. The citadel has four main gates: the main gate in the south called Tien, the gate in the North named Hau and the Ta (Right) and Hau (Left) gates. After nearly 200 years of history … [Read more...]

Chu Dau pottery products set Vietnamese record

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Chu Dau pottery products set Vietnamese record Three Chu Dau pieces, a plate and two vases, have been recognised as the largest pottery products by the Vietnam Book of Records, Hanoi Trade Corporation (Hapro) said on September 7. The plate, measuring 1.15m in diametre, bears familiar images of Vietnamese land and people such as soldiers, Hanoi girls, dragons, birds, shrimps and flowers. It was made on the occasion of the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi in 2010. Of the two vases, one was made in the 15th century, measuring 0.86m in diametre and 1.5m in height. The vase is now on display at the Topkapisaray Museum in Turkey. The other is a 1.78 m vase, which is decorated with patterns featuring the beauty of the four seasons and landscape in Vietnam. Chu Dau pottery was known in the end of the 14th century and reached its peak during the 15th and 16th centuries. Chu Dau ceramics not only inherited the quintessence of those during the Ly-Tran dynasties but also was … [Read more...]