Vast landscape: West Yên Tử mountain range hosts various relic sites involving King-Monk Trần Nhân Tông (1258-1308) as he studied and practiced Trúc Lâm Yên Tử Zen Buddhism here between 1293 and 1308. Photo vngo.vn Viet Nam News BẮC GIANG — Local authorities in the northern province of Bắc Giang have started initial steps to restore ancient relics on the West Yên Tử mountain range, where King-Monk Trần Nhân Tông (1258-1308) studied and practiced Buddhism. According to Lê Ánh Dương, deputy chairman of Bắc Giang People’s Committee, through many years of research, the concerned agencies have proved there is a connection between Vĩnh Nghiêm Pagoda in Yên Dũng District, which was built in the 11th century, and a series of ruined pagodas, temples and towers in the west of Yên Tử range. “That’s where Monk King … [Read more...] about Bắc Giang to restore relics related to King-Monk
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Viet Nam News Annual prizes by the Việt Nam Literature & Art Association were presented to 65 of its members early this month in Hà Nội. The awards review and evaluate the performance of artists over the year. Writer Ngô Thảo, former deputy-chairman of the Việt Nam Stage Artists Association spoke about the award. The annual awards from the Literature and Art Association honour the dedication and creative efforts of authors and artists. Do you care about the awards? Myself and other artists are not interested in this award because the prize is not worth the effort we put in. A novel we spend 5 years working on, with 1,000 copies printed, wins just VNĐ5 million or VNĐ10 million. It is not adequate. For the Nobel Prize in Literature, it’s a US$1 million-prize. Of course there are only a few people in the world to receive the Nobel Prize. I want to emphasise that the value of the award must be commensurate with the effort the … [Read more...] about Literature prize needs to promote creativity
The Hanoitimes - A recent document issued by Hanoi’s authorities on tightening control over the raising, management, slaughter, and sale of dogs, including a plan to ban sale of dog meat from 2021 has stirred controversies from the public. Mixed reviews have been public on media regardless of printed newspapers, newswires, and social networks. The support and opposition came from both locals and foreigners who are living and working in Vietnam. A kiosk of dog meat in Thanh Cong market, downtown Hanoi. Photo: Cong Hung/ktdt.vn Surveys on news outlets show that up to 70% of readers totally agree with the city’s plan, many others realize the necessity of giving up this specialty which is somewhat considered favorite food among part of locals while few of interviewees strongly protested the move, saying that slaughtering is their profitable business for decades. Many people want to stop the slaughter and sale of dog meat in Hanoi for the sake of the city, noting that … [Read more...] about Hanoi’s intention to ban dog meat triggers mixed views
VietNamNet Bridge - The new academic year has begun, but some parents and students have been on tenterhooks as they still cannot buy textbooks. Textbooks will be replaced as a part of the education renovation program Nguyen Van Tung, deputy editor-in-chief of the Vietnam Education Publishing House, admitted the lack of textbooks in some localities, blaming it on the sharp increase in the number of students. In addition, textbooks will be replaced as a part of the education renovation program, so local book and school teaching aid companies have lowered the number of printed copies they ordered to avoid too much inventory. This has affected the publishing house’s printing and distribution plan. In preparing for the new academic year 2018-2019, the publishing house set up its printing and distribution plan based on the numbers of textbooks ordered by the companies, and on the distribution situation in previous years. To date, the publishing house has released 108.8 million … [Read more...] about Is publishing monopoly is to blame for shortage of textbooks?
The Hanoitimes - Book Festival 2018 will be held in Hanoi from April 19 to 24, as part of activities to mark Vietnam Book Day (April 21), and World Book and Copyright Day (April 23). This was announced by National Library of Vietnam’s representative at the press conference. This year’s event aims to recognise the important role that books play in social life and acknowledge the contributions of collectors, composers, and printing and publishing houses in the promotion of the book reading movement among the community. Book Festival 2018 to be held in Hanoi. It also raises public awareness about the importance of reading books, while heightening the responsibilities of relevant agencies and social organisations in building a culture of reading in Vietnam. Diverse and exciting activities are planned for the event at the National Library of Vietnam, including an exhibition displaying documents on the role of books and knowledge in social life, the benefits of … [Read more...] about Book Festival 2018 to be held in Hanoi