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Vietnam wins four Green Good Design Awards in USA The Chicago Athenaeum and The European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies have presented renowned architect Vo Trong Nghia four Green Good Design Awards for preeminent works. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment Highlights for November 13

The 2nd Thai Nguyen Tea Festival closed on November 11 after nearly one week, attracting hundreds of thousands of domestic and foreign visitors.

Lacquer paintings explore daily life Four of the artists — Duong Sen (1949), Le Xuan Chieu (1956), Luong Khanh Toan (1955) and Nguyen Dang Khoat (1952), all aged between 57 and 64 — were born in North Viet Nam and later moved to HCM City. Ho Minh Quan (1961) is from Hue and Nguyen Dam Thuy (1967), the youngest and only woman in the group, is from Ben Tre. Her 23 large oil paintings reflect daily life and portray womanhood. Sen is a master of lacquer and has 33 works featuring the sea or life in the Mekong Delta. Khoat uses bright colors in his 29 oil paintings about the North featuring memories of his childhood. Toan has 10 40x60cm lacquer paintings depicting a variety of landscapes. He is not attending the show because of serious burn injuries caused while doing the works. Making a lacquer painting may take months depending on the technique used and the number of layers of lacquer. Each layer requires drying and polishing. When all the layers are applied the artist polishes … [Read more...]

Long holidays bring the opportunities to overcharge tourists


VietNamNet Bridge - Travelers cannot make the most of the tourism season, but they can only taste the bitterness when they are overcharged at tourist sites. Travel firms say one thing and do another A lot of travel firms announced noisy sale promotion campaigns, offering big discount rates for the tours. They explained that they had to sell tours at a loss to stimulate the demand in the context of the low demand. However, travelers complained say the travel firms do not take loss with the tours. In fact, they can make fat profit by providing low quality services. Nguyen Thi Dung in Thuong Tin district in Hanoi, who has returned from the tour to Ao Vua - Duong Lam, complained that the meal service was terrible. Dung and her friends booked the tour which was advertised "dirt cheap" (VND5 million for 30 people) and felt regret about their decision. They were offered jungle fowl meat, water and fruit desserts for the main meal. However, the chicken was the refuse imported from … [Read more...]


Nam Dinh casts biggest SE Asian bronze Buddha The casting of the biggest bronze Buddha statue in Southeast Asia began on April 22 at the Truc Lam Thien Truong Buddhist Centre in Loc Vuong ward, Nam Dinh city. Thousands of local residents and Buddhists from all over the country attended the casting ceremony, which was held by the executive board of the Nam Dinh provincial Buddhist Church and the Nam Cuong Hanoi Joint Stock Company. According to Deputy head of the Nam Dinh provincial Buddhist Church executive board, Most Venerable Thich Quang Ha, the statue is of great significance to the Truc Lam Thien Truong Buddhist Centre project in Nam Dinh. The statue, measuring 14.78 metres tall, nine metres wide and weighing around 150 tonnes, cost a total of VND80 billion which was donated by the Nam Cuong Hanoi Group. The model of the statue was made over the past two years and the casting will be carried out by artisans from the Thang Loi Casting Mechanics Company in Nam Dinh city. … [Read more...]

The unbelievable reasons behind students’ suicide cases


VietNamNet Bridge - It is really a worrying problem that tens of suicide cases were discovered just in the first two months of the year. Even the students still very young in age also killed themselves because they got tired of life, and even nonsensical factors also led the students to the death. Student killed herself for being suspected of stealing things On February 10, 2012, Luong Thi H, born in 1997, a student of the Cam Dien Secondary School in Hai Duong province, decided to end her life after she was accused of stealing things from a clothes shop. … [Read more...]


Korean and Vietnamese speaking contest launched in HCM City The contest has provided Vietnamese people an opportunity to show their Korean speaking skills as well as giving a chance for students from the Republic of Korea (RoK) to speak Vietnamese friends' mother tongue. The final round of the competition was held in Ho Chi Minh City on December 10 with 25 Vietnamese and Korean contestants selected from 564 entries in the previous rounds. Nguyen Phuong Y, a Vietnamese student from the HCM City University of Social Science and Humanity, won the first prize in Korean speaking. She was offered a free-of-charge course for master degree at Soongsil University in the RoK. In the Vietnamese speaking category, Jang Eun Bee, who is studying at the Hanoi University, took the lead with an award worth US$2,000. The contest created an excellent venue for students from both countries to meet, exchange and increase mutual standing, as well as strengthening bilateral friendship. Body … [Read more...]


Hoang Su Phi terraced fields recognised as national heritageThe terraced fields in Hoang Su Phi district of the northern province of Ha Giang were officially recognised as a national heritage site by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MoCST) on November 1. The terraces are evidence of centuries of wet rice cultivation by ethnic minorities in Hoang Su Phi, including the Nung, Dao and La Chi, and they have great cultural and historical value in addition to being aesthetically beautiful. Chairman of the Hoang Su Phi district People's Committee, Hoang Hai Ly, said that the district aims to create projects to preserve the fields and promote their tourism potential. The fields were among the sites recently recongnised by the MoCST as significant parts of the nation’s heritage, including three other landscapes: the Trang An caves in Ninh Binh province, the Pusamcap cave system in Lai Chau province, and the Chua Tien caves in Hoa Binh province. . 26 northern beauties Miss … [Read more...]

Markets in city prepare for Children’s Day

A young boy choosing toys at Kim Bien market which is flooded with toys from China.(Photo:SGGP)

Ho Chi Minh City is gearing to celebrate International Children's Day on June 1, filling its supermarkets and shops with all kinds of toys and fun activities for little children. Children across the country will have a plentiful choice of fun activities on International Children's Day as local entertainment centres are busy preparing for new children shows. Many toyshops at Thap Muoi, Tran Binh and Le Quang Sung streets and some markets like Binh Tay and Kim Bien are buzzing with activity. They have received many orders to ship toy packets to provinces all over the city. Many companies and organizations around the country have prepared thousands of gifts and toys to present to children on their biggest day. Food, drinks and toys will be presented to children living in open houses and shelters in rural and remote areas. A shop owner in District 6 said that most toys are from China. There are so many toys that she cannot even remember all their names. Like Yo-Yo toys, which are … [Read more...]

Literary works released to mark the 1,000th anniversary of capital

Lan Khai's collection

More than 50 literary works have been released by the Literature Publishing House this year to celebrate the 1,000th anniversary of the founding of Thang Long - Ha Noi. Song song Hong (Waves of Red River) by writer Thanh Hoa tells story of the most glorious period in the reign of Nguyen Hue (King Quang Trung), a national hero of the 18th century and the Tay Son Movement, a peasant uprising that released Vietnam from the shackles of feudalism. Hanoi before the Autumn Revolution by Hoai Anh illustrates images of the capital from the beginning of the 20th century to 1943. Lan Khai's collection, a 1,700-page book, includes the most valuable works of the leading Hanoi writer. Love story of Queen Nam Phuong by writer Tran Thi Hao describes the traditional beauty of the official wife of the last Vietnamese King Bao Dai, whose maiden name was Nguyen Huu Thi Lan, daughter of a rich Mekong Delta family. The autobiography of labor hero Le Minh Duc, Cuoc doi nguoi tho (Life of a worker), … [Read more...]

Female painter club celebrates 10 years with new exhibit

Do Thien Huong's "Memory on Tarzan House" on display in HCMC (Photo: Truong Son)

The Ngan Ha Female Painter Club under the HCMC Women's Culture House is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a first-time exhibit at two venues. Works will be showcased at both the HCMC Women's Culture House and HCMC Fine Arts Associations' exhibition house. The exhibit "Hoi ngo thang 10" (Meeting in October), highlights paintings by 20 members of all ages. The event also celebrates the 28th anniversary of the HCMC Women's Culture House and a collaboration of both young and old artists. The leader of the senior generation, painter and poet Le Thi Kim, presents oil paintings featuring the soft beauty of traditional Vietnamese women while her younger co-members, Nguyet Que and Hong Linh, take a more contemporary angle using bold colors to create partial abstract paintings. Other local painters including Phuong Mai, Thuy Hong, and Xuan Dieu present breathtaking still-life works. Representing the younger artist generation, painter Do Thien Huong showcases her talent ranging from … [Read more...]

Designs for heritage site placed on display

HA NOI (VNS) - The Conservation Centre of Thang Long - Ha Noi Relics has put on display 24 architectural designs for the Central Sector of the Thang Long - Ha Noi Imperial Citadel's Archaeological Site at 18 Hoang Dieu Street in order to gather public feedback. They include six award-winning designs, including one by Studio Milou Singapore Pte Ltd and one by a joint venture between the National Institute of Architecture and Boydens Engineering Viet Nam, which tied for second place in a previous contest. … [Read more...]

Designs for heritage site placed on display

HA NOI (VNS) - The Conservation Centre of Thang Long - Ha Noi Relics has put on display 24 architectural designs for the Central Sector of the Thang Long - Ha Noi Imperial Citadel's Archaeological Site at 18 Hoang Dieu Street in order to gather public feedback. They include six award-winning designs, including one by Studio Milou Singapore Pte Ltd and one by a joint venture between the National Institute of Architecture and Boydens Engineering Viet Nam, which tied for second place in a previous contest. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 25/6

A photo of a Gia Rai woman taken by Sebastien Laval.

US professor to train Vietnamese TV hosts American expert Professor Michael Castengera will provide professional tips to TV hosts and emcees at a three-day workshop to be held by the Saigon International Film School from Thursday. Castengera, currently an instructor at the University of Georgia, the US, has more than 40 years' experience in education, communication, TV, and consulting with TV stations around his country. He teaches broadcast news writing and production at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication from where American Idol host Ryan Seacrest graduated. More information abut the programme is available from SIFS, 15A Hoang Hoa Tham Street, Binh Thanh District, HCM City, and at or 0965152310. Paris exhibition features photos of changing VN Portraits of Vietnamese ethnic groups taken by photographers Sebastien Laval from France and Le Vuong of Viet Nam will be on show in the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris from today until July 6. Entitled … [Read more...]

Imperial Citadel designs receive top honours

HA NOI (VNS) - Six architectural designs have named as the best options for the conservation of the historical site at 18 Hoang Dieu Street, Ha Noi. The entrants were short listed through a contest launched by the Centre for Thang Long-Ha Noi Heritage Conservation, to uphold values of the site belonging to the Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long- Ha Noi. Within three months, organisers received 24 entries from 23 different architecture firms at home and abroad. The top six designs were put on public display at the Centre's headquarters at 19C Hoang Dieu Street ahead of the official awarding ceremony yesterday. … [Read more...]

Vietnam wins four Green Good Design Awards in USA


(VOV) -The Chicago Athenaeum and The European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies have presented renowned architect Vo Trong Nghia four Green Good DesignAwards for preeminent works. Vietnamese, Italian duo wins urban architectural awards Dai Lai Conference Hall wins Int'l Architecture Award Local architect scoops American magazine gong The four masterpieces - Kon Tum Indochine Café, Binh Thanh House, Stone House, and Dailai Conference Hall - have been selected for the prestigious accolades from hundreds of entries from around the world. … [Read more...]

Activities marking the Vietnam People’s Army’s 70th anniversary


(VOVworld) – President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Nguyen Thien Nhan on Monday visited and congratulated the staff and students of the Political Institute of the Defense Ministry on the 70th anniversary of the Vietnam People’s Army. Mr. Nhan said that with its time-honored tradition, the Institute will continue to promote its achievements and renovate its educational quality to become a top national training center of political comrades and military research. The National Library in Hanoi is exhibiting over 500 documents featuring historic milestones of the Vietnam People’s Army. The Vietnam Feature Films Studio and the Vietnam National Documentary and Scientific Films Studio will screen films in many localities during a film week from December 22-28 to commemorate the Vietnam People’s Army’s founding anniversary. … [Read more...]

6th European-Vietnamese Documentary Film Festival opens


The 6th European-Vietnamese Documentary Film Festival featuring European and South East Asian films has been taking place in Hanoi on June 4-12 and in Ho Chi Minh City on June 21-29. European documentaries are La Maison de la radio of France, Gaelle of Spain, Dreams of a life from the UK, Boleslaw Matuszewski-The Unknown Pioneer of Cinema from Poland, Forget me not of Germany, Tzvetanka of Sweden and Bulgaria, The Human Scale of Denmark. … [Read more...]

Festival screens international documentaries

For the sixth time, European cultural institutes and embassies in the capital together with the Vietnam National Documentary and Scientific Film Studio will present European and Southeast Asian documentary films. During the festival, which starts on June 4 night, each film from Vietnam will be followed by one from Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and Britain. Opening the festival will be Vietnamese film Khi Khong The Vuot Qua Chinh Minh (When You Cannot Overcome Yourself) and German film Forget Me Not. … [Read more...]