In 1899, the municipal council of the city of Hanoi held a competion to decide who would build a theatre to replace a temporary one in Takou Street (Hang Cot). The Hanoi Opera House in the past... The ‘Municipal Theatre’ would be a copy of the Opera Garnier in Paris, though smaller, 2,600 square metres, one-third of the original. The project was given to the architect Harlay, Inspector of Civil Buildings in Hanoi. The first site-investigation took place in the summer of 1900. The judging of the competition for builders took place on 25 April 1901 and the entrepreneurs Charavy and Savelon, of Hanoi, were retained. Built on a filled-in pond, the theatre required special care with it foundations. Thirty five thousand piles were put in before the pouring of reinforced concrete 90 centimetres thick. Twelve million bricks were used and they came from Vietnam. The roofing slate was … [Read more...] about Hanoi Opera House – Luxurious fire escapes of those days
National ice cream day
The Hanoitimes - Walk around The Old Quarter, eat bun Cha… top things you can do for one day in Hanoi, Vietnam. Walk around The Old Quarter Hanoi Old Quarter has a long history of 2000 years of development which is the beating heart old the city. Today, the streets are still grouped by what they sell, with names to match, such as Bat Su, Cha Ca, Hang Bac, Hang Dau, Hang Gai, To Tich, Hang Luoc…You can taste some local specialties, if you wish, and continue to the Hoan Kiem Lake area to visit Ngoc Son Temple.Eat Bun Cha It’s basically a cold noodle soup with pork. You’ll be served by a plate of rice noodles, fresh herbs, and a bowl of cold broth with grilled pork. The rice noodles and fresh herbs are pretty common in a Vietnamese restaurant. The broth and the pork are the ones make this dish unique. Bun cha is a lunch food; it means you can only find it between 12pm – 3pm.Visit Hoa Lo Prison This thought-provoking site is all that remains of the … [Read more...] about One day in Hanoi: Where to go and What to do?
VietNamNet Bridge - When two people decide to marry, each makes a pledge that the other will be the most significant and important one in their lives. Many trust the vow "till death do us part" because their partner will be on their side even when the going gets tough. But when life becomes painful, with too many challenges, especially family conflicts between a mom and her daughter-in-law, very few question the notion of moving on. Many daughters-in-law believe that their husband's mother always exhibits jealousy, makes demands, and is critical, intrusive and sulks. * Phan Thị Tue, 28, from Thai Nguyen Province recalled her stress "On the first day, after our wedding, my mother-in-law told me, 'I gave birth to your husband, and raised him in difficult times. So remember, he is always on my side and protects me, no matter who you are. You have to accept that. You come after me.' I know, our conflict began from that day." * Teacher Phan Thi Thu Huong from Vinh Phuc Province had … [Read more...] about A bond that goes beyond husband and wife
European Food Festival hits Hanoi Hanh Thu By Hanh Thu in Hanoi European Food Festival will be held at National Library, 31 Trang Thi Street in Hanoi at 4 p.m. on May 18 as part of the month-long Europe Days celebrations. The event will attract the participation of hotels and restaurants, featuring many signature dishes such as Paella, Beef Zurichoise with Spatzle, Italian Lasagna, Spaghetti Bolognese and assorted baguettes and pizza. The event also gives gourmets a chance to learn more about the cuisine and lifestyles of European people. The event will be rocked along with many music and dance shows as well as entertainment programs for kids. Tickets are available at EuroCham Hanoi office or at the entrance on the day. The ticket price is VND290,000 per person, including 10 coupons for food, ice cream, beer and drinks of all kinds. Admission is free for children under 10. … [Read more...] about European Food Festival hits Hanoi
City hosts confectionary festival Minh Nguyet By Minh Nguyet in HCMC A confectionary festival organized by the HCMC Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism will take place from Friday until Monday at September 23 Park in District 1. The festival will have traditional candies and cakes with a chocolate city and ice-cream city, among other delightful treats. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday there will be a fruit carving event and a display of traditional wedding fruit trays of the nation’s northern, central and southern regions. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, there’s a contest to make phuc linh cake and wrap coconut covers for phu the cake for children from pre-school to elementary level. Other activities include flash mob, bartender performances and instructions on how to make banh tet (glutinous rice cake with green bean and pork stuffings) and banana sweets. A cake making contest for secondary students and a ceremony to set the Vietnamese Record for the most … [Read more...] about City hosts confectionary festival