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...]