Memories of Thang Long via trade villages

Ben Thanh Tourist is offering a four-day and three-night tour to Hanoi and Halong every Thursday in a series of special tours to celebrate 1,000 years of Thang Long- Hanoi. Thang Long, the former name of the Vietnamese capital from the Ly Dynasty, was founded in 1010 when Ly Thai To relocated the royal court. The Dai La Citadel, as it was originally known, subsequently changed its name to Thang Long and then Hanoi. A traveler makes a tea cup at Bat Trang Pottery Village - Ảnh: Hien Nguyen Half of the tour is for visiting attractions in Hanoi and neighboring provinces, especially Bat Trang Pottery Village, Dong Ho Folk Painting Village and Dong Ky Carpentry Village for tourists to witness the skills of the craftsmen. Of the villages, Bat Trang is the most popular attraction. Located by the Red River, the village is popular for being an ancient pottery handicraft village and for retaining unique Vietnamese culture in the 21th century. Most of Bat Trang's pottery products are … [Read more...]

Exhibition to recreate taste of old Tet

An exhibition of arts and handicrafts will take place at Hang Da Shopping Mall in Hanoi from January 15 to February 5 in the hope of recreating the taste of old Tet in today’s life. The exhibition, themed "Tet in Viet’s house", is co-organised by Hang Da Shopping Mall, Hang Da Galleria, Hanoi Old Quarter management board and a local gallery - right before the Lunar New Year holiday. On display will be about 200 paintings, 200 hand-made potteries and 50 collections of "ao dai" - Vietnam’s traditional gown by well-known painters, pottery artisans and designers, together with hundreds of sophisticated handicraft works for Lunar New Year’s decoration. The collection of Hue’s royal robes by craftsman Vu Van Gioi will be exhibited alongside "ao dai" created by several contemporary designers such as Nga CoCoon, Trinh Bich Thuy and Adriana Anh Tuan. The 42-year-old embroiderer, Vu Van Gioi, will perform hand embroidery skills in front of the public, while … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 12/3

Vietnamese dancers present classical ballet Dancers from the Viet Nam National Opera and Ballet (VNOB) will perform at the Ha Noi Opera House on Thursday night. The performance, called Sac Mau Tinh Yeu (Colours of Love), will also see the participation of VNOB's director and People's Artist Pham Anh Phuong and British conductor Graham Sutcliffe. The first part of the performance features compositions by Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang A Mozart, Charles Gounod, Erich W Korngold, Gioachino Rossini and Gaetano Donizetti. The second part will present the Graduation Ball, a ballet performed for the first time in Sydney, Australia, 74 years ago. It is one of the first major, classical professional ballets that has been performed by many troupes worldwide. Last year, VNOB dancers rehearsed the ballet for the first time under the guidance of renowned Australian ballet dancer Colin Peasley. The one-act ballet will last 40 minutes and will be performed to the music of Johann … [Read more...]

25 beauties enter final round of Kinh Bac pageant

At the final night, contestants will show their beauty in Ao Dai

Nhan Dan Online - Twenty-five girls will vie for the title Kinh Bac's most beautiful in the final round of the Kinh Bac beauty pageant, scheduled to be held on March 12 in Bac Ninh province by the provincial People's Committee. The contestants are selected from 120 entrants from across the Kinh Bac region, an old name which refers to present-day Bac Ninh and Bac Giang provinces and their neighbouring districts in Hung Yen and Lang Son provinces and Hanoi. On the final night, the entrants will walk in several different outfits: Ao Dai (Vietnamese traditional long dress), swim suit, prom dress and 'tu than'', a four-panel dress for Quan Ho (love duet singing). The top five will then enter a question and answer round to find out the winner, who will earn a ticket to the 2014 Vietnam Beauty Contest. Prior to the final night, the finalists are working to study the cultural values and rich traditions of the region, by offering incenses to King Duong Vuong at his temple, visiting … [Read more...]

Dong Ho folk painting contest launched

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Nhan Dan Online - The children's painting contest 'I Draw the Country' was launched in Hanoi on May 16 by the Association of UNESCO Clubs in Hanoi and the Heritage Inns. The contest is open to children between the ages of four and nine in kindergartens and primary schools across the country. Compeition entrants can use any medium to create their own original paintings on size A3 paper based on the theme of one of the ten original Dong Ho folk paintings, which were announced by the organising board. Children are encouraged to use bright colours, particularly the four basic colours of Dong Ho paintings, including black, green, yellow and red. Each contestant is allowed to send up to three entries to the Heritage Inns, 115/9 Nui Truc Alley, Nui Truc Street, Ba Dinh district, Hanoi before July 16. A awards ceremony and an exhibition to honour the 30 best entries will be held on August 10. The first prize winner will be presented a certificate of merit and cash prize of VND 5 million … [Read more...]

The last horn-fan maker of Vac village

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Going to Vac village in Thanh Oai district, Hanoi, visitors will only see bird cages and paper fans. They do not know that this ancient village used to be very famous for its special product – horn-fans. Today, only one couple in the village makes horn-fans. Mr. Le Van Thu, 68 and Ms. Tran Thi Cong, 61 are now the only horn-fan makers in Vac village. “My grandfather made horn-fans. My mother presented a horn-fan to President Ho Chi Minh. Now only I and my wife make horn-fans. My children have turned to produce bird cage to earn higher income. I also have to make bird cages to earn some extra money,” Mr. Thu said. There are 16 steps to make a horn-fan. A horn fan usually has 17 blades, which are made from bamboo which was soaked in water for around one month to fight wood-eaters. Bamboo blades are joined together. The next stage is ‘dong nhai’ or using small flower-shaped steel pieces to fix blades. After that, bamboo blades are decorated by … [Read more...]

Trade Village Tourism in Vietnam: Increasingly Appealing to Foreign Tourists

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For recent years, traditional trade village - based tourism in Vietnam has become more and more appealing to tourists, especially foreign ones. Long-standing values, handicraft creation techniques and direct involvement in the production process are among those inspire tourists to discover. This is also tourism promotion and development policy of many nations in the world. Unique tourism product Traditional trade villages in Vietnam were born a very long time ago and have undergone development together with historical events of the nation. A lot of famous trade villages have well maintained their values ever since establishment, such as Bat Trang ceramic village (in Gia Lam, Hanoi); Phu Lang ceramic village (in Phu Lang commune, Que Vo district, Bac Ninh province); Dong Ky wood carving village; Dong Ho folk painting village (in Thuan Thanh district, Bac Ninh province); Nga Son mat village (in Thanh Hoa province); Non Nuoc stone carving village (in Da Nang); Chau Khe jewelry making … [Read more...]

Vietnamese Folk Painting Exhibition Opens in HCMC

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An exhibition of Vietnamese folk paintings used to decorate homes for Tet is taking place at the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum (97A Pho Duc Chinh Street, District 1) from now until February 28. One popular print of Dong Ho folk painting is known as "Mouse wedding". More than 170 paintings will be displayed, illustrating a variety of subject matter including worship, satire, history and daily life. Organizers hope that the paintings will give audiences an opportunity to learn about the culture, land and people of Viet Nam. Inspiration for Vietnamese folk paintings usually stems from a strong desire to live a life of comfort, prosperity and happiness. A documentary film about the Dong Ho Folk Painting Village in Bac Ninh province, 30km to the east of Ha Noi, will also be screened at the exhibition. Master folk artist, Le Dinh Nghien, will also be on hand to display his skill at printing and drawing until February 8. … [Read more...]

Art works on auction for the first time in Vietnam

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Five art works will be presented for auction in Sheraton Hanoi Hotel on the evening of May 28. The painting by Dao Hai Phong will be auctioned on May 28. This is the first auction for art works in Vietnam organised by Lac Viet Auction JSC. Among the works are three paintings by famous artists: the ‘Happiness’ by painter Hoang Phuong Vi, the ‘Uplands fairies’ of artist Quach Dong Phuong and ‘Alongside the red river’ by painter Dao Hai Phong. The starting prices for the paintings are expected from VND50-120 million. Along with the paintings, the two ‘Tu Linh’ jars by artisan Pham Anh Dao from Bat Trang pottery village produced in 2010 will also appear at the auction. The starting price for the pair is expected to be between VND900 million to VND1 billion. In particular, painter Le Thiet Cuong also sends an altar dating from late 19th century to the auction with an expected starting price of VND65-80 million. According to … [Read more...]

Int’l event promotes tourism via culture, art

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Traditional art performances by troupes from Indonesia, the Philippines and Russia opened the Vietnam International Travel Mart (VITM) 2016 yesterday in Hanoi. Tourists learn how to make ceramic jars at Bat Trang Village in Hanoi. The village was awarded the title of "Best Craft Village" at this year's VITM. Photo travel-hanoi.com The troupes performed on the outdoor stage, while visitors walked around the indoor exhibition area and enjoyed cultural specialities from various countries, such as Thai massage and Taiwan's pineapple cake. All goods and services were offered free of charge to the visitors. This year, Vietnam impressed visitors with its Northwestern House, a 500sq.m. exhibition centre built in the shape of a traditional ethnic house to introduce destinations in the northwestern provinces. Apart from being used as an exhibition area for tourism and travel, it also features local specialities, traditional crafts and artworks. During the travel mart, visitors to the … [Read more...]

Ha Noi sets key 2016 tasks after Tet holiday

A weaving household in Van Phuc Silk Village in Ha Noi's Ha Dong District. Restoring traditional craft villages is one of key tasks that the city plans to take this year.— VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Ha

HA NOI (VNS) — Ha Noi People's Committee Chairman Nguyen Duc Chung urged relevant agencies to take measures to tackle difficulties in business and production. At a meeting held yesterday between the committee and relevant departments, agencies and districts, Chung set out key tasks the city should tackle in the first quarter of the year. Chung said a dialogue with businesses should be held in early March to hear enterprises' recommendations. He asked relevant departments, agencies and localities to pay more attention to administrative reform to create optimal conditions for businesses. The chairman also banned public officials from using public vehicles and State funds to attend New Year festivals and organise parties during working hours to celebrate Tet (Lunar New Year). Taking measures to strengthen security and traffic safety at key routes, entertainments areas and new-year festivals, strictly punish those causing social disorders, as well as enhancing fire and disease … [Read more...]

Exhibition to recreate taste of old Tet

An exhibition of arts and handicrafts will take place at Hang Da Shopping Mall in Hanoi from January 15 to February 5 in the hope of recreating the taste of old Tet in today’s life. The exhibition, themed "Tet in Viet’s house", is co-organised by Hang Da Shopping Mall, Hang Da Galleria, Hanoi Old Quarter management board and a local gallery - right before the Lunar New Year holiday. On display will be about 200 paintings, 200 hand-made potteries and 50 collections of "ao dai" - Vietnam’s traditional gown by well-known painters, pottery artisans and designers, together with hundreds of sophisticated handicraft works for Lunar New Year’s decoration. The collection of Hue’s royal robes by craftsman Vu Van Gioi will be exhibited alongside "ao dai" created by several contemporary designers such as Nga CoCoon, Trinh Bich Thuy and Adriana Anh Tuan. The 42-year-old embroiderer, Vu Van Gioi, will perform hand embroidery skills in front of the public, while … [Read more...]

Red River Tourism: Sufficient Investment Needed

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The Red River is the testament to Vietnam’s historical stages and the keeper of culture and customs of Vietnamese people. Therefore, the introduction of Red River tourist routes by boat is very meaningful for those who want to learn about the history and culture of Hanoi and Vietnam. If reasonably invested, this will be a new appealing tourism product.Attractive spiritual cultural tours Tourists will hear different names of places along the river, like Nam Sang in Nam Dinh or Thien Mac in Hung Yen where Tien Dung and Chu Dong Tu meet in a fairytale. The Red River runs through many northern provinces, ending in Thanh Hoa, and has many different names called by people in different localities like Thao and Nhi Ha. The Red River was named by Frenchmen when they ruled the country. Travelling on the river, you will feel new interesting experience when you stand in the middle of water currents in a charming landscape. You will have the chance to admire the beauty of ancient riverside … [Read more...]

Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City listed in top 10 world’s destinations with reasonable cost

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(TITC) – The world’s famous travel guide book publisher "Lonely Planet" has just announced the top 10 world’s destinations with reasonable cost for 2016. Both Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City have ranked 2nd. Located in the Red Rive Delta, topography of Ha Noi is alternated by rivers, lakes, mountainous and hills forming many beautiful sightseeing such as: Hoan Kiem Lake, West Lake, Ba Vi Mountain, Huong Son Landscape…In addition, over 1,000 years of establishment and development with many ups and downs of history, Ha Noi still remains its valuable ancient architecture works including Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long - Ha Noi, Quan Thanh Temple, Tran Quoc Pagoda, Quan Su Pagoda, Long Bien Bridge…and maintains many famous traditional craft villages such as Bat Trang Pottery Village, Ngu Xa Bronze Casting Village, Van Phuc Silk Village… Belonging to the monsoon tropical climate region, Ha Noi has four seasons of spring, summer, … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 20-30

Film Screening "Jean de la Lune" by Stephan Schesch Sun 28 Jun 2015, 4 pm L'Espace 24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội You are invited to the screening of the French animation "Moon Man" ("Jean de la Lune") (Germany, France, Ireland, 2013, 95 mins) directed by Stephan Schesch. Based on the much loved best-selling children's book by Tomi Ungerer, "Moon Man" invented a small astral hero who descends on the earth to save human from a dictator. For more information about synopsis, please see L'Espace website (in French) or refer to the Vietnamese version of this post. Language: French with Vietnamese subtitle. Tickets: Ticket price: 50 000 VND Special price for members of L'Espace and students: 40 000 VND Tickets are available at L'Espace. Film screening and Discussion about Climate Change "The Light at the end of the Tunnel" Sat 27 Jun 2015, 2 pm L'Espace 24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội You are invited to the film screening "The Light at the end of the Tunnel" and discussion about climate change … [Read more...]

Social News 15/1

S.Korea firm to sue workers for loss-causing strike Striking workers at a South Korean-invested firm in HCM City will be sued for losses caused to the company. Some 800 workers at Carimax Sai Gon Ltd. Co. went on strike January 3 after the company declined to pass on a mandated rise in minimum wages. Company officials said on January 12 that workers who failed to carry out their duties for five consecutive days would be sacked and sued for losses incurred by the company. Carimax said trade union intervention had failed to resolve the strike. The government decreed last year minimum wages would rise by VND250,000-400,000 (USD11.9-USD19) a month, depending on region, from January 1, 2015. But on December 27, the board of directors at Carimax said that because of 2014 losses, the pay rise would be determined according to each worker's attitude, capability and experiences. It also declared the Tet bonus would be 90% of a worker's monthly wage, but if workers went on strike, the … [Read more...]

Bat Trang pottery village crowded with Tet shoppers

Shoppers choose the dishes at Bat Trang pottery village in Hanoi (Photo: SGGP)

As Tet nears, Bat Trang pottery village in Hanoi’s suburban district of Gia Lam becomes very crowded with streams of shoppers who come to buy ceramic products. Bat Trang pottery market in the village opens all year round with a moderate number of visitors in normal days and a bit higher at the weekends. More foreigners visit the village than local people in normal months and most of the visitors mainly do sightseeing. The village has been packed with shoppers in year-end months. Dyke roads from Long Bien and Chuong Duong bridges as well as other paths leading to the village have been overcrowded with vehicles in recent days. Bus route Long Bien-Bat Trang has been overloaded. People from Hanoi and surrounding provinces such as Hung Yen, Hai Duong and Bac Ninh pour in the village to buy the dishes, cups, flower vases, etc…since early morning to nightfall. Several shoppers come from other provinces across the country. On the occasion of a trip to Hanoi to visit his … [Read more...]

The best experiences in Hanoi

Anyone who grew up with Hanoi would immediately recognize the activities of youthful vitality and love of life. If you want to get back to that time once again, you should try some following suggestions.

The Hanoitimes - Wandering around Hanoi's Old Quarter or gathering with friends, sipping a cup of lemon tea on the sidewalks are unforgettable memories for people who have ever been to Hanoi at least once time. Apart from landscapes and historic sites of thousand years old, the unique little corners of the city also impress much on tourists. Staying up late in Hanoi … [Read more...]