Horse racing of Mong people

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(VOVOworld) - The horse is an important animal in the daily life of the Mong people and horse racing is a popular sport among the Mong men. During the national unity festival at the Culture-Tourism village of Vietnamese ethnic groups in Hanoi, tourists had an opportunity to watch the fantastic horse racing of the Mong people from Bac Ha district, Lao Cai province. At the starting signal, the jockeys crouch low on horseback and spur their horses to pass their competitors. Mong jockeys wear their traditional clothing, plus plastic helmets and canvas shoes. They ride with a bridle but no saddle. 16 horses race in pairs. Sometimes, a nervous horse gallops off the race track as the jockey tries in vain to control it. Some jockeys fall on a sharp turn, making viewers' hearts miss a beat. Vang Van Quyet and Vang Van Cuong of Na Ang B hamlet, Na Hoi commune, just finished their race. "I've been around horses since I was small. I sit firmly on the horseback and try to keep my balance. I … [Read more...]

Northern highlanders search for horses for yearly race

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In the lead up to this year's horse racing festival in Lao Cai Province, Bac Ha District, racers have been travelling to several highland villages to search for race horses. Thao Seo Lenh, a Mong ethic man in Ta Van Chu Commune, said, "In the past most people in Ta Van Chu Commune only raised horses for work purposes, but now more are raising race horses because of the annual horse racing festival was held in Bac Ha, which started in 2005. The price for a race horses has increased to between VND15 million and VND20 million (USD713.06-USD950.75)." Vang Van Cot, a Tay ethnic man in Na Hoi Commune, is experienced in raising horses.He said prices could be much higher for the best horses. "A good race horse can be over 1.6 metres high, and is usually between four and six years old," Cot shared. A race horse must be fed with over 10 kilos of fresh grass together with two kilos of corn per day, and should be trained regularly to maintain their stamina, he added. Last year's … [Read more...]

Legal framework for football betting in Vietnam unfinished after 17 years

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Vietnam has not yet finished preparing a framework for the legalization of football betting after 17 years although local authorities are aware that the total turnover of illegal football gambling market of the nation tops US$3-4 billion a year. Ladbrokes, a global betting and gaming company headquartered in the UK, made a survey in the Vietnamese market in 2007 and concluded that Vietnam conceded such a big loss to illegal betting rings. In other nations, investment in sports development mainly comes from football betting revenue, followed by advertisements in stadia. Vietnam started working out a draft bill for legalizing football betting in 1998 but it has not finished the work yet after 17 years. Sports officials have suggested the central government make clear-cut decisions on whether legalizing it or not. Reviewing again On June 30, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung instructed the Ministry of Finance to continue modifying regulations on football betting after a long … [Read more...]

Suoi Mo – is one of the most popular destination in Bac Giang

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(Cinet)- The Suoi Mo tourist site is in Nghia Phuong town, Luc Nam district, Bac Giang, far away from Bac Giang city about 30km to the East . It is named after the spring's name which has many small and big falls with exciting natural bath along the flow. The Suoi Mo tourist site is a favorite name of tourist groups of domestic or foreign market. The interest and investment of the government and local authority is making this place becoming a biggest tourist complex in Bac Giang province with many categories in order to give the best services to customers such as entertainment, relaxing, climbing, sailing and horse racing, etc. The historical, cultural, and religious alue of Suoi Mo site is attached with 3 temples (Upper temple, Middle temple, Lowẻ temple), worshiping Maria. Each temple has its different architecture but all are very formal, severe and have old features. The special feature of the top temple is mixed with the landscape at the certain height with mountain and … [Read more...]

Mo Spring temple festival – national intangible cultural heritage

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(Cinet)- Mo Spring temple Festival is annually held on the 1st day of the fourth lunar month. The festival was recognized by the Ministry of Culture and Sports and Tourism as a national intangible cultural heritage on June 8, 2015. The temple has been used for worshiping the Holy Mother of the top mountain called Que My Nuong. According to the local tales, she was the daughter of the 16th Hung King. It’s the religious with the nationally cultural – historical monuments. It all creates a beautiful picture for those who once come to Suoi Mo. Companion with many beautiful landscapes, there is a wide of activities such as climbing, biking, hunting, horse racing, sailing, camping, etc. The temple includes Upper temple, Middle temple, Lower temple. It is located in Nghia Phuong commune, Luc Nam district, Bac Giang province, far away from Bac Giang city about 30km to the east. Each temple has its different architecture but all are very formal, severe and have old features. … [Read more...]

Horse race in Bac Ha plateau

The traditional horse race with the participation of 78 riders took place on June 7th in Bac Ha plateau, the northwestern mountainous province of Lao Cai.   The race has existed in the mind of Bac Ha people as a myth and became a unique traditional culture of the "white plateau". It is one of the most interesting festivals which has existed for nearly 100 years. All the riders are farmers from different ethnic groups on Bac Ha plateau as well its neigbouring districts.  The event aims to meet cultural and spiritual demands of local ethnic groups, helping preserve their special cultural values.  Following are photos about the event:      (Photo: baotintuc.vn)

The traditional horse race with the participation of 78 riders took place on June 7th in Bac Ha plateau, the northwestern mountainous province of Lao Cai. The race has existed in the mind of Bac Ha people as a myth and became a unique traditional culture of the "white plateau". It is one of the most interesting festivals which has existed for nearly 100 years. All the riders are farmers from different ethnic groups on Bac Ha plateau as well its neigbouring districts. The event aims to meet cultural and spiritual demands of local ethnic groups, helping preserve their special cultural values. Following are photos about the event: (Photo: baotintuc.vn) … [Read more...]

Social News 22/5

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Jetstar Pacific offers 7,000 cheap tickets Budget airline Jetstar Pacific will offer 7,000 tickets at only VND7,000 a ticket on its international and domestic routes, from 11am to 12:59pm on July 22. Tickets (excluding tax and other additional fees) are available on the airline’s website at www.jetstar.com. The promotion is being launched to celebrate Jetstar Pacific’s seventh anniversary. The airline will also kick off two other promotions from May 27: "Everyday Low Fare" and "Super Promotion Weekend". Vietnam Airlines started selling Jetstar Pacific’s tickets on its ticket booking system as of May 21. The co-operation between Vietnam Airlines and Jetstar Pacific aims to offer the best service to passengers. General Director of Jetstar Pacific Le Hong Ha has expressed his hope that Jetstar Pacific can change passengers’ experience of using a budget airline. Mekong Delta province prosecute 40 for cigarette smuggling Authorities in the Mekong Delta's … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 22/5

2015 Celtic music festival in Hanoi this weekend 2015 Celtic music festival in Vietnam opened in big cities, including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and the coastal city of Nha Trang from May 17-23. For this "Breton Day 2015″, the Breton society in Vietnam has invited musicians reputed throughout the world who will present all the different aspects of celtic musics from tradition to modernity. More than 40 musicians and 7 bands perform during the festival, including the Kemperle Pipe Band, Lang Dzu band, Celtic Rock Diaouled, Alan Pennec, Jakez Lesouef, Hot Tzigani band and Turbo Sans Visa. After successful perfomances in Ho Chi Minh City on May 16-17 and in Nha Trang on 20, the event will take place at L’Espace and Chez Xuan in Hanoi on May 22-23 respectively. HCM City to celebrate Khmer New Year The Ethnic Khmer New Year, Chol Chnam Thmay, will be featured at the Southern Land food festival, held at Dam Sen Park in HCM City from May 29 to June 1. The Khmer Art Troupe of … [Read more...]

Horse race as highlight of cultural week in Lao Cai

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Bac Ha horse race in 2014 (Source: VNA) Tourists and local residents will be able to witness a traditional horse race on June 6-7 as part of the Cultural Tourism Week held in Bac Ha district in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai. Nearly 200 horses will perform in a procession, after which 100 horses will race each other, either in teams or as individuals. The winning team will be awarded a prize worth 20 million VND (920 USD) and the winning individual will receive 6 million VND (260 USD). The stadium in the municipal centre can hold up to 5,000 spectators, both tourists and locals alike. Tickets cost 30,000 VND (1.3 USD). The traditional form of riding without a saddle makes the horse race in Bac Ha all the more fun to watch and spectacular performances are to be expected. During the war, horse racing was discontinued as jockeys were sent to the battlefields to protect their country’s independence. In the spring of 1980, a horse race organised by the Bac … [Read more...]

Vietnam arrests 2 Korean fugitives wanted by Interpol

You You Yong, 53, and her accomplice Kang Yoon Yong, 56, are arrested by Vietnam police in May. Photo provided by the police.

Police in Hanoi said they would hand over to the Republic of Korea (RoK) authorities two fugitives who were hunted for allegedly defrauding a dozen of victims of US$9 million in their native country. Kang Yoon Yong, 56, and his girlfriend You You Yong, 53, were arrested at a rented luxury apartment in Hanoi on May 13, police said. The couple reportedly offered a group of RoK people a chance to invest in a "horse racing business" and swindled approximately US$9.1 million from the victims in April 2012. They later fled RoK and entered Vietnam. They have never returned since. The money had been sent to an international bank account before their escape. Interpol later issued a notice searching for the pair. At a police station in Hanoi, the couple admitted to the fraud three years ago. Before the arrest, they had switched from one house to another in Hanoi to avoid detection. Local police said they are completing legal proceedings before handing over the case to RoK police. … [Read more...]

Vietnam arrests 2 South Korean fugitives wanted by Interpol

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You You Yong, 53, and her accomplice Kang Yoon Yong, 56, are arrested by Vietnam police in May. Photo provided by the police. Police in Hanoi said they would hand over to South Korean authorities two fugitives who were hunted for allegedly defrauding a dozen of victims of US$9 million in their native country. Kang Yoon Yong, 56, and his girlfriend You You Yong, 53, were arrested at a rented luxury apartment in Hanoi on May 13, police said. The couple reportedly offered a group of South Koreans a chance to invest in a "horse racing business" and swindled approximately $9.1 million from the victims in April 2012. They later fled South Korea and entered Vietnam. They have never returned since. The money had been sent to an international bank account before their escape. Interpol later issued a notice searching for the pair. At a police station in Hanoi, the couple admitted to the fraud three years ago. Before the arrest, they had switched from one house to another in Hanoi to … [Read more...]

Image: Discover ethnic culture at Khau Vai love market

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VietNamNet Bridge - The Khau Vai love market, held only once a year, is a place where tourists can explore the beauty of cultural identities of ethnic people in Meo Vac district of Ha Giang, a mountainous province in North Vietnam. The 100-year-old festival, which is held in the third lunar month, is a popular meeting place for ethnic groups in the locality, particularly those in love. Legend has it that a couple who loved each other but could not live together made the promise to meet once every year in Khau Vai on the 27th of the third lunar month. The festival was then held every year on this day for ex-lovers to meet. The event has now become a tourist attraction, drawing a huge number of domestic and foreign visitors. The 2015 Khau Vai Love Market Culture-Tourism Week took place on May 13-16 (or 25th-28th of the third lunar month). The event opened with the final round of a beauty pageant for northernmost mountainous areas. It attracted the participation of young girls from … [Read more...]

Project awakens Vietnam’s beauty

Project awakens Vietnam’s beauty The UNESCO Centre for Culture and Education launched a project titled ‘The Beauty of Vietnam’ on May 12 in Ho Chi Minh City with a vision to preserve and promote the essence of Vietnamese culture. The project includes three major programmes titled ‘Dang Viet’ (Figure of Vietnam), ‘Duyen Viet’ (Charm of Vietnam) and ‘Net Viet’ (Features of Vietnam). The ‘Dang Viet’ programme features displays of Ao Dai collections to exhibit the fine beauty of the country’s traditional long gown. The shows will be held for free for the public in the lobby of the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House every Saturday morning. ‘Duyen Viet’ comprises of a series of performances including songs and dances imbued with the cultural identities of the 54 ethnic groups throughout the country. The performances will take place at luxury hotels in Ho Chi Minh City, promising to provide domestic and foreign … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 13/5

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HTV to put on reality show for men HCMC Television (HTV) on Wednesday announced a new reality show called "Be The Man" (Phai manh Viet), which will be aired on HTV7 every Sunday starting from May 10 at 8 p.m. According to Truong Van Minh, head of HTV’s programs department, this is the first reality show for men in Vietnam with an aim to look for a particular representation of local men. Unlike other reality shows, which are mostly produced under license from foreign organizations, this is a home-grown program. Ten contestants will compete in individual and team challenges to prove their toughness, intelligence, cleverness and sense of humor. The winner will pocket a cash prize of VND200 million. A judging panel consists of local singer/actress Minh Hang, actor Hieu Hien and Vietnamese Australian street magician Petey Majik Nguyen. Ten finalists have been chosen from 1,000 contestants nationwide. Some of them are popular names such as "Running Man" Vu Xuan Tien, whomade … [Read more...]

Khau Vai Love Market to attract visitors to Ha Giang

(VOV) - The 2015 Khau Vai Love Market Culture-Tourism Week is held in Meo Vac district in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang on May 13-16 (or 25th-28th of the third lunar month). The event opens with the final round of a beauty pageant for the northernmost mountainous areas. It attracts the participation of young girls from all districts in Ha Giang province. In the four-day event, visitors will have a chance to join the market day’s activities, including a horse race, a cow fighting festival and incense offering at two temples in Khau Vai commune. The unique love market in Vietnam which is 180km from Ha Giang City’s center is expected to lure thousands of visitors this year. Legend has it that a couple who very much loved each other but could not live together made the promise to meet once every year in Khau Vai on the 27th of the third lunar month. From then on, the festival has been held every year on this day for ex-lovers to meet. … [Read more...]

Khau Vai love market festival celebrates Ha Giang culture

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The Love Market gathers many young girls (Photo: VNA) The Khau Vai Love Market Culture-Tourism Week – an annual cultural event in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang - will take place in Meo Vac district from May 13-16. Vice Chairman of the Meo Vac district People’s Committee, Tran Kim Ngoc, said this year’s event will again highlight the unique cultural identities of local ethnic minority groups. Activities will include goat, cow and nightingale fighting festivals, horse races and incense offering at two temples in Khau Vai commune. A beauty contest will be held for young girls from mountainous areas in Ha Giang province. Visitors will also have the opportunity to witness the Nung people’s betrothal ceremony, and enjoy traditional dishes of ethnic minorities living across the locality. The hundred-year-old festival, which is held annually in the third lunar month, is a popular meeting place for ethnic groups in the locality, particularly … [Read more...]

Bac Ha market – special cultural feature in Lao Cai

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(VOV) - Bac Ha market in Lao Cai province is held every Sunday morning and offers a wide range of products, including clothes, farm tools, and housewares. It is a trading center for ethnic minority people in Bac Ha district and neighboring areas. At the break of dawn, the market begins to hum with conversations and laughter. As the sun rises higher, the whole market is adorned with the colorful costumes of Mong women. It is not just a trading place but also a meeting place where young men and women find their partners. For them, the market is a like a festival, so they wear their most beautiful clothes when they go to the market. During the first days of the Lunar New Year, the most sought after items are kitchen utensils and agricultural tools. Vang Van Lo of the Tay ethnic group in Na Hoi wants to buy a plough. "This plough is US$15. It's expensive but I like it. I want to buy a new plough for a good harvest in the New Year," he said. Bac Ha is famous for its horse racing. … [Read more...]

Bac Ha market in the early days of the lunar New Year

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(VOVworld) – Bac Ha market in Lao Cai province is held every Sunday morning. The market, located at the center of Bac Ha district, the market is a trading center for ethnic minority people in Bac Ha district and neighboring areas. It offers a wide range of products, including clothes, farm tools, and housewares. The New Year’s session of the market is even more colorful and exciting than usual. At the break of dawn, the market begins to hum with conversations and laughter. As the sun rises higher, the whole market is adorned with the colorful costumes of Mong women. The market is not just a trading place but also a meeting place where young men and women find their partners. For them, the market is a like a festival, so they wear their most beautiful clothes when they go to the market. During the first days of the new lunar year, the most sought after items are kitchen utensils and agricultural tools. Vang Van Lo of the Tay ethnic group in Na Hoi wants to buy a … [Read more...]

Jubilant horse race in Thi Thung Mound

The horses all year round working hard to pull vehicles and carry goods today become racing horses in the cheers

In the morning of February 27th, in An Xuan commune (Tuy An district), the traditional Thi Thung mound horse race was jubliantly held. 32 athletes from the communes of An Hiep, An Cu, An Linh, An Tho, An Xuan (Tuy An district) entered the event. 32 horses were divided into 8 semi-final rounds; 8 winning horses were in the shortlist for 2 rounds. The result was the 4 fastest horses competed for championship. The traditional horse race in An Xuan is annually held on the 9th day of Tet at the national historical vestige of Thi Thung Mound. This event has become one particular cultural, sports activity at the beginning of the spring for tourists near. The racing horses at this festival are accustomed to carrying goods, pulling vehicles to help the local inhabitants with transporting commodities in risky mountainous topographic regions. The amateur athletes are sons of farmers who raise horses. That’s why this event is considered the event purely for provincial … [Read more...]