BTO - In early 18th century, when Phan Thiet was reclaimed, it became a settlement of numerous people going from the central region to the South to find a new life. At that time, many villages were consecutively formed along the river bank and stretched out to the seaport. The scene looked picturesque. One of these villages is Duc Nghia. The first inhabitants of Duc Nghia came from Quang Nam province. According to Vietnamese custom, the formation of the village is often associated with building communal house. Therefore, Duc Nghia communal house was established very early. Firstly, the communal house was built close to Phan Thiet market today. Then it was moved to other location near Quan Cong temple for various reasons. Finally, in 1846, it was relocated on the highest sand hill of Phan Thiet and called Lang Thieng sand hill. The name reminded people of the former times. Before the French domination period, Duc Nghia village's original name was Thieng Duc village (euphemized Thanh … [Read more...] about Duc Nghia communal house
Coming to Co Thach to watch sparkling sea and blue sky … [Read more...] about When setting foot on Co Thach, the first destination is Hang pagoda whose pen-name is To Dinh Co Thach, located in a cave on the coastal hill. However, Co Thach pagoda does not have only a sanctuary like other pagodas but it also has tens of architectural works stretching along the beach such as: shrine of Buddha, ancestral temple and tower, and the statues of the Lord of Buddha Nirvana, Mitreya, and Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara on the hill. Surrounding the pagoda are big rocks with different shapes and many caves which is very intriguing and mysterious, penetrate deeply into the mountain. The pagoda still preserves many antiques like Dai Hong Chung (big bell), drum and numerous precious Han-Nom heritages, parallel sentences, horizontal lacquered boards, literary materials, etc.
Old man of the forest fights to breathe life into barren hills (14-07-2008) Ethnic Van Kieu protect trees in Dac Krong District, in the central province of Quang Tri. — VNA/VNS Photo Hong Hoa QUANG TRI - The Van Kieu ethnic people in Xa Lang Village, Dakrong District in the central province of Quang Tri have been cutting down trees to grow rice for a long while now. Time have changed: Pa Minh, 68, set up an 11 member forest-growing-team in 2004, and with the district's forest management providing seedlings, the team plants trees on the bare hills of the region. Under these tree-covered hills, rice and cassava grow in abundance, protected from flooding. Due to the advantages of forestation, the Van Kieu need not move in search of arable land to cultivate. "This month, we plan to plant a forest on the 40ha A Mung hill. Besides traditional trees like bach dan (Eucalyptus) and cho, we also grow coffee to earn extra money. When there is no more land, we will stop planting … [Read more...] about Old man of the forest fights to breathe life into barren hills
A warm Tet Holiday for ethnic people in Tung Qua Lin Commune, Lai Chau province It took a whole day for VoV reporters to reach Tung Qua Lin Commune in Phong Tho District, Lai Chau province. Everyone noticed the cheerful looks and friendly smiles of the locals when they arrived at this spot 1,800 meters above sea level. After 15 hours spent traveling 500-kilometers, the vehicle arrived in Tung Qua Lin commune full of Tet gifts and VoV reporters. Welcoming the delegation were teachers of the commune's Primary School and soldiers of Giao San Border Station 281. Their warm hospitality seemed to revive the tired delegation. Nguyen Duc Anh, a young reporter from the Chinese Section of the Overseas Service shares his first impression of this remote border area 'I realized the living conditions of local people are very hard, especially the poor children. They don't even have clothes to wear. It's very cold here but their houses are in such bad condition that the wind blows in from … [Read more...] about Warm Tet Holiday for ethnic people in Tung Qua Lin Commune, Lai Chau
Almost a year ago in March 2009, Quan ho Bac Ninh, traditional love duets of northern Bac Ninh province, were recognized as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Now the question is - what is the best way to preserve this art form? The Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism has cooperated with Vietnam National Music Institute, the Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism of Bac Ninh Province to help preserve the traditional music. The government started assisting the community to make an inventory of quan ho folksongs and artists and is providing support to artists. It has helped organize Quan Ho Bac Ninh Festival every two years, develop the Quan ho cultural center on Lim hill, and establish the Quan ho artisan association. However the State leaders should focus on creating a cultural environment for the people, including a banian tree, well and temple courtyard for Quan ho. It is the … [Read more...] about Community is key in preserving quan ho