Ba Chua Xu festival recognized as intangible heritage

The Saigon Times Daily The festival, which has become a national annual event since 2001, takes place from the 22nd to the 27th of the fourth lunar month, and lures around four million visitors. Legend has it that Ba Chua Xu was a young girl who was ravished to death hundreds of years ago. After her death, her sacred soul helps the good villagers and chastises the bad. To express gratitude to her, villagers call her Ba Chua Xu and have held festivals in the fourth lunar month to worship her and pray for good health and better life. On these days, people choose seven boys and nine girls who are virgins to carry a palanquin ritual to her statue. They bathe her statue and give her a new costume. There are also traditional music performances to serve her soul. This year’s Ba Chua Xu festival will reproduce traditional rituals from June 8 to 14, or from the 22nd to the 28th day of the fourth month on the lunar calendar. The festival will also feature a range of cultural … [Read more...]

Taking a new cable car ride to Cam Mountain

Kieu Giang An entrance leading to Cam Mountain’s cable car station in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang The cable car system to Cam Mountain which was invested by the An Giang tourism development firm is located in An Hao Commune, Tinh Bien District of An Giang Province. Cam belongs to the seven-mountain range, the roof of the Mekong Delta region. The system is 3.5km in length with two stations and 89 cabins that can transport eight people each. The VND300-billion project was designed by French firm Pomagalski with a capacity of 2,000 people an hour. Tourists who sit in a cabin to the peak of Cam Mountain which is about 710m above sea level are able to admire the immense rice fields in beautiful green and yellow colors under the sunlight and some clusters of huge palm trees in a distance and a panoramic view of the popular Seven Mountains - Thien Cam Son, Ngoa Long Son, Ngu Ho Son, Phung Hoang Son, Anh Vu Son, Lien Hoa Son and Dai Anh Son. They can also see wild … [Read more...]

Mount Sam’s spiritual ceremony becomes national heritage

A corner of the Mount Sam Ba Chua Xu Temple (Photo: VNA) A spiritual festival honouring the holy lady of Mount Sam in Chau Doc city, in the Mekong Delta of An Giang was certified as national intangible heritage on June 8. The Via Ba Chua Xu festival, which has became a national event since 2001, annually takes place from the 22 nd to the 27 th of the fourth month of the lunar calendar, reeling in approximately 4 million visitors. The event goes through a number of rituals, most importantly the rite of statue bathing on the opening day, which fell on June 8 this year. According to a popular mythology, the goddess statue was discovered by locals at the top of Mount Sam, and then carried to the foot of the mountain, where she has been housed and worshipped until today. The festival also features a range of cultural activities, including musical concerts, a dragon-dance performance and a boat race. The local authority is carrying out a master plan on developing Mount Sam tourism … [Read more...]

Ba Chua Xu festival recognised as National Intangible Heritage

The procession of the goddess’s statue NDO – The Ba Chua Xu temple festival (also called the Via Ba ceremony) was officially recognised as a National Intangible Heritage at a ceremony held on June 8 in Sam Mountain ward, Chau Doc city, in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang. The festival is held annually at the Ba Chua Xu temple in the city from the 22nd to 27th days of the fourth lunar month to pay respects to Ba Chua Xu who is known as the goddess of the realm. Legend has it that local people found a statue of a woman that dates back to the sixth century and they built a temple to place the statue with the hope that she would bring them better lives. People around the country have flocked to the event to join numerous traditional rituals including a procession of the goddess’s statue from the top of Sam Mountain to the temple to cleanse the statue. The festival also features a wide variety of cultural and sporting activities including Vietnamese … [Read more...]

Filling out the Tourist Map of the Southwest Region

Tra Vinh is considered an attractive destination of the Mekong Delta Region (MDR) by converging favourable geographical location, landscape and biodiversity areas with rivers, sea, mangroves, and evergreen vegetation. Visiting Tra Vinh, the visitors will be impressed by the beauty of peace, nature and people who are always kind and friendly. Tra Vinh's tourism potential Tra Vinh is known a potential site of cultural tourism resources, waterfront, resort, and beach. In particular, Ba Dong Beach, located at Duy Hai district, is one of the rare beaches in the South that retains wild beauty with two large beaches: Vam Lang Nuoc and Vam Khau Lau surrounded by sand, fresh sea and tranquillity. This place is an attraction for tourists to Tra Vinh. Initially, many projects of spiritual and ecotourism tourism have been deployed to meet the requirements of tourists. At the same time, once the projects as a flow of large tonnage vessels to Hai Hau completed, Duyen Hai power plants, Dinh An … [Read more...]

Drought, saline intrusion threaten rice, forest in Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta has entered rush time of coping with drought and salt intrusion which have occurred earlier than normal this year to threaten thousands of hectares of rice and put many forests in fire danger. A canal is being dredged to take water for paddy field in Soc Trang Province (Photo: SGGP) Salt penetration has been worst in Go Cong Dong, Go Cong Tay, Cho Gao districts, and Go Cong town of Tien Giang province. Nguyen Van Tam from Go Cong Tay lamented that salt waters has encircled rice fields in the district concerning local farmers as their rice fields have been cultivated for only 50 days. The provincial Irrigation Department said that salinity has increased to 1.4 per thousand on March 9, forcing local authorities to close Xuan Hoa sluice gate to prevent salt water from penetrating further into rice fields. Thousands of households in Long Phu district, Soc Trang province are on tenterhooks as saline intrusion has occurred one month earlier than normal. Most canals … [Read more...]

Giving location to build some items of the construction at the Sam mountain

(Cinet)- To build a system of cable car on Sam mountain of An Giang Provincial People's Committee, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism approved for Document No.689/BVHTTDL-DSVH. Accordingly, building a system of Sam mountain cable car is located in Sam mountain landscape to establish the Project to submit to Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism as regulation No.70/2012/NĐ-CP on September 18, 2012 of the Government about planning and restoring the relics and landscape. 230m-high Sam Mountain is the highest mountain in the Mekong Delta. On the way there, it is the sights of the two rice fields along the road, and drop by for a short visit to a small Khmer village.The mountain does not only offer beautiful landscapes, but it is also where many historic remains deeply loved by the inhabitants of Nam Bo plain are located. Ba Chua Xu Temple, Tay An Pagoda, Thoai Ngoc Hau Tomb, Tao Ngo Garden, and Bach Van Hill are among the famous sites to visit near Sam Mountain.An Giang Provincial … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 7/3

String quartet to help women enjoy life The string Apaixonado Quartet will present the concert Viva la Vida on Sunday, March 8, at L'Espace, 24 Trang Tien Street. In Spanish, "viva la vida" means "enjoy life". The Apaixonado Quartet dedicates every note of their performance to women across the globe for International Women's Day 8/3. The concert will start at 7.30pm and run until 10pm. Ticket prices are VND350,000 (cocktails and finger food included) and VND600,000 for two tickets. Artist stages solo pantomime show Young artist Nguyen Hoang Tung will stage a pantomime performance on Sunday, March 8 at 8pm, at the Golden Bell Theatre, 72 Hang Bac Street. Entitled The Comeback of Pantomime, the show incorporates classical pantomime techniques and modern body movements to tell the story of contemporary life from the viewpoint of the artist. Tung has travelled in Japan and many other countries, performing and studying pantomime. Each of his performances explores a particular theme, … [Read more...]

Vietnam province starts work on 81-meter tall Buddha statue on mountain

Work started Thursday on the construction of a towering Buddha statue at a signature pilgrimage hot spot in a southern Vietnamese province. A ceremony was held yesterday to kick off the building of a Buddha statue standing 81 meters tall on Sam Mountain, according to the management of Sam Mountain Cultural Park, located in Chau Doc City in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang. The statue, which features the Buddha in a seated mediation posture, will be carved onto the mountain surface. Construction costs are estimated at VND255 billion (US$11.88 million), which comes from the park’s tourism revenue and contributions from local and foreign individuals and organizations. The statue will be placed next to three other Buddha statues, which measure some 10 meters tall each, on a 5,500m² area. Sam Mountain is home to several nationally recognized relics including Ba Chua Xu Temple, Thoai Ngoc Hau Mausoleum, and Hang Pagoda, as well as spectacular landscapes. Ba … [Read more...]

Full-moon celebrations at pagodas

Hoa Nghi and An Nguyen Visitors are seen at Ba Chua Xu Pagoda at the foot of Sam Mountain in Chau Doc City, An Giang Province - PHOTO: AN NGUYEN One of the biggest festivals is the full-moon celebration, mostly at pagodas. Since the 13th of the first lunar month, which was Tuesday, Thu Dau Mot Town in Binh Duong Province, which borders HCMC, has attracted a lot of visitors from other cities and provinces to come and celebrate the first full moon on the 15th day of the lunar calendar. Organizers at Ong Ngua Pagoda give li xi (lucky money) to visitors and prepare free meals for them, while dozens of dragon and kylin dance troupes perform to celebrate the event. At other pagodas in the town such as Ba Binh Duong, Ba Thien Hau and Ba Bung Cau, visitors can see activities including procession, dragon and kylin dances, and singing. A kylin dance performance at Ong Ngua Pagoda in Binh Duong Province - PHOTO: NGUYEN HUE NGHI Apart from the pagodas in Binh Duong, one can … [Read more...]

Spring tours in flower and festival seasons

Tien Dat Spring and festival tours of Saigontourist Travel Service Company attract many tourists - PHOTO: COURTESY OF SAIGONTOURIST Tourists can visit Huong Pagoda and Yen Tu festivals in the North, ancient sacred pagodas in the central region or make a pilgrimage to the southern area where the temples are a mix of Vietnamese-Chinese-Khmer-Cham cultures and beliefs. Saigontourist will take you to the centers of Vietnamese folklore events from HCMC to Yen Tu-Ha Long-Ninh Binh-Hanoi (VND4.75 million on March 11, 18, 25 and April 1); visiting Bai Dinh Pagoda on Hanoi-Ninh Binh-Ha Long route (VND4.65 million in March); Huong Pagoda Festival-Hanoi-Ha Long (VND4.995 million on March 28 and April 2); Pilgrimage Tour to the Central-Danang-Hoi An-Paradise Cave-Hue (VND4.15 million on March and April); Nguyen Tieu Festival in Hoi An City-Danang (VND3.95 million on March 4); Ba Chua Xu Festival-Mekong Delta (VND3.15 million on March 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 and April 2); That Son-Sa … [Read more...]

Golden age of antique potteries in central region

Kham Hao Duyen My Thien pottery items - PHOTO: KHAM HAO DUYEN Tourists can visit Huong Pagoda and Yen Tu festivals in the North, ancient sacred pagodas in the central region or make a pilgrimage to the southern area where the temples are a mix of Vietnamese-Chinese-Khmer-Cham cultures and beliefs. Saigontourist will take you to the centers of Vietnamese folklore events from HCMC to Yen Tu-Ha Long-Ninh Binh-Hanoi (VND4.75 million on March 11, 18, 25 and April 1); visiting Bai Dinh Pagoda on Hanoi-Ninh Binh-Ha Long route (VND4.65 million in March); Huong Pagoda Festival-Hanoi-Ha Long (VND4.995 million on March 28 and April 2); Pilgrimage Tour to the Central-Danang-Hoi An-Paradise Cave-Hue (VND4.15 million on March and April); Nguyen Tieu Festival in Hoi An City-Danang (VND3.95 million on March 4); Ba Chua Xu Festival-Mekong Delta (VND3.15 million on March 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 and April 2); That Son-Sa Dec-Long Xuyen-Chau Doc (VND2.555 million on March 7, 14, 21, 28); Con … [Read more...]

Kite runner dreams of a playground

Hieu Thao Folk artist Nguyen Thanh Van prepares to fly his flute kite - PHOTOS: HIEU THAO Nguyen Thanh Van, a folk artist in HCMC, recognizes himself a guardian of the game of kite flying. Pursuing the passion for the traditional kite since he was young, Van has devoted a lot of time and effort to it. He has turned out around 200 kite models featuring such animals as turtle, fish, bird, dragon, phoenix and eagle; flowers; and even flute kite to satisfy his hobby and compete. The artist also participated in many local and international kite festivals with his team called the Phoenix Kite Club. The group usually joins folk festivals in different provinces including Ba Chua Xu Temple Festival, 1,000 years of Thang Long – Hanoi and the annual kite festivals in Hue, Indonesia, Malaysia, India and China. At the age of 65, Van still seeks to inspire the young generation to continue making and flying kites in the hopes that the tradition would not fade. "I go to schools … [Read more...]

Vietnamese myths featured in music

Vietnamese singer Le Cat Trong Ly along with American artists will depict six legendary Vietnamese myths through singing, live visual arts and an interactive dance tonight in HCM City. Spirited performer: Le Cat Trong Ly rehearses for her Vui transnational tour, held a few years ago.— Photo Courtesy of Le Cat Trong Ly The American electronic duo, Space/Panther, will collaborate with Ly to create a digital fictional book about the six myths. Le Cat Trong Ly used one of the legends in composing her first song Chenh Venh when she began her music career. She wrote the song after reading the myths about Tien Dung and Chu Dong Tu. Inspired by the Vietnamese stories, the production will take the audience on an exhilarating ride through a land of fantasy. The legendary story of the fairy Au Co and dragon king Lac Long Quan represents the origin of the Vietnamese people, and the myth about Son Tinh and Thuy Tinh represents the seasonal patterns in Viet Nam. The story about Thanh … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 8/1

Local rock music gaining popularity As many as 20,000 rock music lovers took part in RockStorm7 night concert which was held in HCMC on December 27. This was seen as a highlight in the local music industry, manifesting the vigorous sprit of rock music. RockStorm7 undoubtedly created an unforgettable music feast among rock enthusiasts with the participation of six bands playing different styles of rock including Stevans from Switzerland and SPF from Thailand. There are currently more than 10 leading rock bands in Vietnam such as Buc Tuong, Microwave, Ngu Cung and Unlimited. Perhaps due to the fact that this type of music is too strong and overwhelming for a majority of people, rock music is only available at bars, clubs and a few music festivals without much attention from the media. Therefore, the possible way to connect rock music and its lovers is by means of album launch and promotion on digital platforms. However, issuing albums is also seen as a challenge for bands because … [Read more...]


HCMC - New Year Strauss Concert Sat 10 Jan 2015, 8 pm HCMC Opera House No. 7 Lam Son Square, D.1, HCMC You are invited to the New Year's Strauss Concert to enjoy masterpieces by the most popular waltz composers of all time - Johann Strauss, who was known as "The Waltz King" in his lifetime. PROGRAM Johann Strauss II Der Zigeunerbaron Ouverture Frederic Chopin Nocturne op.9, no.2 (one couple dance) Johann Strauss II Einzugsmarsch Edvard Grieg Solvieg's song Soprano: Phạm Duyên Huyền Johann Strauss II Annen-Polka op.117 (2-3 couple dances) Johann Strauss II Egyptian March Johann Strauss II Voices of Spring Waltz Soprano: Võ Thụy Ngọc Tuyền Johann Strauss II Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka Johann Strauss II Pizzicato polka (2-3 couple dances) Jacques Offenbach Barcarolle , from 'The Tales of Hoffmann' Soprano: Phạm Khánh Ngọc Mezzo-soprano: Nguyễn Thị Thanh Huyền Johann Strauss II The Blue Danube Waltz (2-3 couple dances) Johann Strauss II Radetzky March Conductor: Le Phi … [Read more...]

Emily Navarra to present Standpoint Theories – Vietnam Edition

Ngoc Minh The poster of Standpoint Theories - Vietnam Edition - PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE ORGANIZERS The project is scheduled for January 9, 8:30 p.m. at Cargo Bar in HCMC’s District 4. Standpoint Theories - Vietnam Edition comprises six Vietnamese legendary myths by means of interactive dance, subtitles in Vietnamese, live visual art/3D mapping and live electronic music fused with traditional Vietnamese music. These myths include Con Rong Chau Tien, Son Tinh – Ong than nui Tan Vien, Phu Dong Thien Vuong, Chu Dong Tu, Cong Chua Lieu Hanh (Ba Chua Lieu) and Ba Chua Xu. Standpoint Theories was formed by Emily Navarra in 2013. This is the second year of the project titled Standpoint Theories - Vietnam Edition where she can work with creative groups to make a production about Vietnam. Emily’s motto through this choreographic adventure is to make art for those asking for it and to reach the general public and revisit the country’s rich cultural history. … [Read more...]

26 national intangible cultural heritages recognized

The Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism has promulgated Decision No 4205/QĐ-BVHTTDL to announce a list of 26 national intangible cultural heritages. The newly recognised national intangible cultural heritages include four folk philology, seven social practices and beliefs, ten traditional festivals, two folk performance arts and three traditional handicrafts. The tug of war in Hoa Long commune, Bac Ninh city, the northern province of Bac Ninh. (Photo: Culture and Sports Newspaper) The list comprises the epic of Ede ethnic minority group in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak; the epic of Mnong ethnic minority group in the Central Highlands of Dak Nong; the epic of Ba Na ethnic minority group in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai; the epic of Ba Na - Ro Ngao in the Central Highlands of Kon Tum; the tug of war in Hoa Long commune, Bac Ninh city, the northern province of Bac Ninh; the tug of war in Thach Ban precinct, Long Bien district, Hanoi; the tug of war in … [Read more...]

Top 10 spiritual tourist attractions in Vietnam

(VOV) -The Vietnam Book of Records (Vietkings) has announced the top 10 spiritual destinations that attract a large number of domestic and foreign tourists. 1. The Mot Cot Pagoda The Mot Cot Pagoda (one pillar pagoda), which was built on a 4m high pillar with a diameter of 1.2m in Hanoi in 1049, is recognised as the most architecturally unique. The temple was built by Emperor Ly Thai Tong, who ruled from 1028 to 1054. According to the court records, Ly Thai Tong was childless and dreamt that he met the Avalokitesvara Boddhisattva (Kuan Yin - Goddess of mercy), who handed him a baby boy while seated on a lotus flower. The Emperor then married a peasant girl that he had met and she bore him a son. He constructed the temple in gratitude for this in 1049. According to a theory, the pagoda was built in a style of a lotus emerging out of the water. During the Ly Dynasty era, the temple was the site of an annual royal ceremony on the occasion of Vesak, the birthday of Gautama Buddha. A … [Read more...]

Smuggled Thai products outplay Vietnam goods in Mekong Delta markets

Thai-made products of all kinds - from cosmetics, detergents, clothes and footwear to rice, food and motorbike parts - have become necessities for many visitors and pilgrims to the Mekong Delta province of An Giang, in southern Vietnam. Thai products are more durable, of high quality, and have eye-catching designs, while their prices are only slightly more expensive than Vietnamese or Chinese goods, traders said, explaining why goods stemming from Thailand appeal to tourists. Sadly, this is because the goods are illegally brought to the Mekong Delta province. An Giang is located in the southwestern part of Vietnam, sharing a border with Cambodia to the northwest. The province is a popular tourism destination, especially for pilgrims, with its Ba Chua Xu (Lady of the Realm) temple on Sam Mountain. The province's border market of Tinh Bien also attracts visitors as it showcases a wide variety of goods, of which more than 30 percent are from Thailand, according to Doan Van Be, … [Read more...]