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 … [Read more...]

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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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]

Ho Citadel the site of a modern conflict

Tunnel vision: The eastern gate of the Ho Citadel built almost seven centuries ago. The citadel was built with cubic stone blocks, but without any cohesive material. Nine hundred metres long and nearly 700 metres wide, the citadel is now witnessing a struggle between preserving a heritage and the need for local residents to make a living. — VNA Photo Anh Tuan

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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. … [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 … [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 … [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, … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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, … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]

Chu Dau pottery products set Vietnamese record

Chu Dau pottery products (Source; sankyluc.vn)

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 … [Read more...]

Boutique Hoi An Resort – Ancient charm and Modern living

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Just five minutes from the ancient town of Hoi An, isolated on a mini strip of a peninsula situated near the gateway of Cua Dai is the location of beautiful Boutique Hoi An Resort. At Boutique Hoi An Resort one can relax and enjoy the calmness and tranquility, soothing the mind as intended by nature, yet retaining the service of modern day amenities. Once you have stay at Boutique Hoi An Resort, you will surely come back on any future visit. One step beyond the "main … [Read more...]

UNESCO heritage site in VN’s capital to become cultural park

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The Hanoitimes - The site of the UNESCO-recognized Thang Long Imperial Citadel in Ha Noi will be turned into a cultural and historical park with its remains preserved in underground glass display. Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc, vice chairwoman of the Ha Noi's People's Committee, said archeological research will continue even after the construction is completed, adding that it will also open for the public. An architectural contest will be organized to choose the best design which will also have to … [Read more...]