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...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 1-10 (daily updated)

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...]

Top attractions in Vietnam worth every visit

The Hanoitimes - The top 45 most attractive destinations in Vietnam were choosen by by travel companies, Vietnam Record Association and domestic and foreign tourists with the view of seeking and promoting the country's fastinating tourism site. The Top 45 list include Top 5 ancient temples with the oldest education in Vietnam, Top 10 islands with natural beauty, Top 10 destinations for spritual tourism, Top 10 sea tourism landscapes, Top 5 ancient villages and Top 5 markets with specific characteristics of three regions Specifically, Top 5 ancient temples with the oldest education in Vietnam are the Temple of Literature or Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam (Hanoi), Xich Dang (Hung Yen), Mao Dien (Hai Duong), Van Thanh (Thua Thien - Hue) and Tran Bien (Bien Hoa - Dong Nai). Top 10 islands with natural beauty include Hoang Sa (Da Nang), Truong Sa (Khanh Hoa), Cat Ba (Hai Phong), Bach Long Vi (Hai Phong), Cu Lao Cham (Quang Nam), Ly Son (Quang Ngai), Phu Quy (Binh thuan), Con Dao (Ba Ria - … [Read more...]

Top 45 attractive destinations in Viet Nam announced

Guinness Vietnam has announced the top 45 most attractive destinations in Viet Nam, selected during the itinerary of seeking and promoting the country's fastinating hotspots by travel companies, Viet Nam Record Association and domestic and foreign tourists. The Top 45 list include Top 5 ancient temples with the oldest education in Viet Nam, Top 10 islands with natural beauty, Top 10 destinations for spritual tourism, Top 10 sea tourism landscapes, Top 5 ancient villages and Top 5 markets with specific characteristics of three regions. Specifically, Top 5 ancient temples with the oldest education in Vietnam are the Temple of Literature or Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam (Hanoi), Xich Dang (Hung Yen), Mao Dien (Hai Duong), Van Thanh (Thua Thien - Hue) and Tran Bien (Bien Hoa - Dong Nai). Top 10 islands with natural beauty include Hoang Sa (Da Nang), Truong Sa (Khanh Hoa), Cat Ba (Hai Phong), Bach Long Vi (Hai Phong), Cu Lao Cham (Quang Nam), Ly Son (Quang Ngai), Phu Quy (Binh thuan), Con … [Read more...]

Top 45 attractive destinations in Vietnam announced

Tourists visiting the Temple of Literature (Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam), one of the ancient temples with the oldest education in Vietnam. (CPV) - Guinness Vietnam has announced the top 45 most attractive destinations in Vietnam, selected during the itinerary of seeking and promoting the country's fastinating hotspots by travel companies, Vietnam Record Association and domestic and foreign tourists. The Top 45 list include Top 5 ancient temples with the oldest education in Vietnam, Top 10 islands with natural beauty, Top 10 destinations for spritual tourism, Top 10 sea tourism landscapes, Top 5 ancient villages and Top 5 markets with specific characteristics of three regions Specifically, Top 5 ancient temples with the oldest education in Vietnam are the Temple of Literature or Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam (Hanoi), Xich Dang (Hung Yen), Mao Dien (Hai Duong), Van Thanh (Thua Thien - Hue) and Tran Bien (Bien Hoa - Dong Nai). Top 10 islands with natural beauty include Hoang Sa (Da Nang), … [Read more...]

Strengthening investment in tourism development in Mekong Delta

(TITC) - According to Mekong Delta Tourism Association, in 2014, the region's localities have actively invested in tourism development, contributing to attracting more international and domestic tourists. Tien Giang invests VND 430 billion in tourism development In 2014, Tien Giang invests VND 430 billion to develop tourism. Being endowed with favorable natural conditions for development of ecotourism and leisure tourism, the province focuses on consolidating infrastructure for tourism, developing attractive tourist tours and routes, diversifying tourist products, simultaneously reducing breaches of tourism business regulations. This year, Tien Giang accelerates the building of constructional works for tourism like Mekong Hotel, Cuu Long Hotel and Lac Hong Hotel in My Tho City. Besides, the province continues to invest in leisure area in Thoi Son Isle (My Tho City), coastal ecotourism area of Tan Thanh - Hang Duong (in Go Cong Dong District) and Dong Thap Muoi ecological … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 22/5

Stunning photographs show off central region One hundred and twenty-five photographs capturing sea, landscapes, cultural activities and people in central region provinces are on display for the public in Quang Binh Province. The photographs were selected from among 1,240 entries submitted by 200 photographers, who are based in the provinces of Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Tri, Quang Binh, Ha Tinh, Nghe An and Thanh Hoa. The Viet Nam Photographers Association had selected excellent photographs for the exhibition. The association also awarded one gold, two silver and three bronze prizes to photographers from Nghe An, Quang Binh and Thua Thien-Hue. Other five photographers received encouragement prizes as well. This is an annual event held to highlight the contribution of local photographers towards cultural life in the region. The exhibition opens for free to the public in Quang Binh Province's General Museum and will close on Sunday. Ethnology Museum receives TripAdvisor Certificate of … [Read more...]

Temple festival opens in Mekong Delta

The Ba Chua Xu Temple Festival opened in An Giang Province's Chau Doc town May 21. A view of the Ba Chua Xu Temple (Photo: SGGP) The biggest folk festival in the Mekong Delta, held annually from the 23rd of the fourth lunar month, will see a parade of the deity Ba Chua, known as Lady of the Realm, a washing rite, kylin and dragon dances, traditional music performances, a boat race, and more. Pilgrims flock to the temple to touch the Lady of the Realm and seek her protection and benediction. The Ba Chua Xu Temple Festival was recognized as a national event in 2002. The temple at the foot of Sam Mountain is listed as a national relic site. The festival will go on until May 23. … [Read more...]

Delta holds national temple festival

The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of An Giang will hold Ba Chua Xu Temple Festival, a national festival, on May 21-25. The festival, which is organised from the 23th to 27th of the fourth lunar month every year, honours Ba Chua Xu (the local tutelary goddess), whose temple is located at the foot of Sam Mountain in Chau Doc Town. The event has five solemn ceremonies, including washing the statute of Ba Chua Xu. Other activities like dragon dance and art performances are also held during the festival. Legend says that Ba Chua Xu is so sacred that anyone who offers incense to her can realise all their wishes. Therefore, the temple attracts the visit of more than 3.5 million people a year. Sam Mountain locates in That Son (Seven Mountains) area which is considered as the Delta's highest place. — VNS … [Read more...]

Capitalising on Tourism Potential

Undoubtedly, An Giang has the most potential for tourism development in the Mekong Delta. The province is home to many ethnic groups with various unique cultural features. With a diverse, rich culture, An Giang province has many festivals which are organised throughout the year, with the most famous being Ba Chua Xu Temple Festival and Bay Nui Cow Racing Festival. An Giang province is known for its popular tourist destinations, such as the majestic That Son (Seven Mountain) Range, sacred Ba Chua Xu Temple on scenic Sam Mountain, Hang Pagoda, Thoai Ngoc Hau Tomb, and Tay An Pagoda. The province also has two special national monuments certified by the Prime Minister, namely Oc Eo - Ba The archaeological and architectural relic site in Thoai Son district, and President Ton Duc Thang Memorial Park in Ong Ho Islet in the Hau River. These are favourable conditions for the development of cultural and spiritual tourism, ecological tourism, river tourism, community tourism, sports tourism, and … [Read more...]

Saigontourist launches three-region tours

Saigontourist is launching the exciting tours to celebrate Reunification Day on April 30. Saigontourist, in coordination with Vietjet Air, will launch tours with comfortable flight time and a discount of VND 3 million per person. Ban Gioc Falls in Cao Bang Province Saigontourist introduces tours departing in HCMC on April 30 and May 1: Hanoi-Ninh Bnh-Ha Long: 4 days costing VND 7,350,000 per personHanoi-Bac Kan-Ba Be Lake- Cao Bang- Nguon Ngao Cave- Ban Gioc Falls: 5 days costing VND 8,550,000 per personDa Nang-Hoi An-Phong Nha Cave-Hue: 4 days costing VND 6,300,000Da Nang-Hoi An-Thien Duong Cave- Vung Chua-Hue: 5 days costing VND 7,800,000Hue Da Nang-Hoi An- Ba Na: 4 days costing VND 6,740,000 per personPhu Quoc: 3 days costing VND 5,100,000 per personVinpearland: VND 6,700,000 per personNha Trang-Hon Tam-Havana Hotel: VND 9,210,000 per person For tours designed for the northern provinces, tourists will visit Bai Dinh Pagoda, Trang An, and Ba Be Lake. … [Read more...]

Fiditour Launches Tours for February and March

Tourist agency Fiditour is launching exciting, low-budget tours to multiple countries such as India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Laos and Thailand in February and March. Fidi' tourists visiting India (SGGP) The company offers a special 3-day, 2-night tour named "Touring the 10 Pagodas in Lam Dong Province" costing VND1,880,000 per person. Tours to Malaysia are also offered with a free F1 racing ticket. A list of tours offered by Fiditour include:1.Three-day, 2-night tour to visit Ba Chua Xu Temple in Chau Doc-Can Tho, VND 1,880,000 per person.2.Three-day, 2-night tour to visit 10 pagodas in Lam Dong, VND 1,895,000 per person.3.Eleven-day, 10-night tour to India and Nepal, VND 37,390,000 per person.4.Seven-day, 6-night tour to Sri Lanka, VND 40,000,000 per person. Tours will start March 10.5.Five-day, 4-night tour to Laos and Northeast Thailand, VND 10,850,000 per person. Departs on February 26.6.Four-day, 3-night tour to enjoy F1 racing in Malaysia, VND 11,660,000 per person. Tours … [Read more...]

Pilgrimage tourism peaks after Tet

Though pilgrimages account for a mere 10% of Tet tours, the religious trips, usually running until the end of the 3rd month of the lunar calendar (around late April), are an important part of local tour providers' post-Tet market. Pilgrimage tours typically combine visits to pagodas, temples or churches, scenic spots, traditional festivals, and religious events. Such tours have been offered since before Tet, but they're usually at their peak after Tet. Those who purchase tours are mostly expat Vietnamese, small business owners, those who couldn't afford to take time off to travel before and during Tet, or those who wish to combine visits to religious institutions or events with sightseeing. Most of these tourists are Buddhists or Catholics, usually above 40 years of age. Several local tour providers have offered discounts on pilgrimage tours, which usually last from one to five days. Almost no price increase compared to last year has been reported. According to local tourism … [Read more...]

International visitors to Vietnam increase sharply during Tet

Ha Long Bay, located in Quang Ninh Province, welcomes the first visitors of the new lunar year from the Republic of Korea. (Credit: Nhan Dan Online) Nhan Dan Online - The first three days of the 2014 Lunar New Year (Tet) have seen an upswing in foreign tourist arrivals to Vietnam. * On the first and second days of Tet (January 31 and February 1), more than 2,000 Chinese tourists entered Vietnam through the Lao Cai International Border Gate. On January 31 alone, the border gate handled entry procedures for nearly 1,500 Chinese tourists from China's Yunnan, Guangxi, and Sichuan provinces. The tourists purchased tour packages to Hanoi, Ha Long, Tuan Chau, and Bai Chay (Quang Ninh province). * The city of Lang Son in Lang Son province welcomed many Chinese delegations from villages that share a border with Vietnam, as well as visitors from other localities in the country, to historical relic sites and landscapes in the province. The delegations made offerings of incense to commemorate … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment Headlines January 30

Da Nang flower festival opens The Tet flower festival opens at 29 March Park in the central city of Da Nang today.Over 1,000 artworks made of flowers will be on display, along with other activities such as calligraphy, painting exhibition, a bird-singing contest and cuisine pavilions.Artists from Hue, Hoi An, Ninh Thuan and Tien Giang will be participating in the festival. There will also be an exhibition of ceramics by the Cham people from coastal Ninh Thuan Province.Two locations have been prepared for launching fireworks along the banks of the Han River. Fireworks will light up the sky over the river, reflecting the colourful lighting designs of Rong (Dragon), Tran Thi Ly, Thuan Phuoc and Han River bridges.Book Road Festival opens in HCMCState President Truong Tan Sang on January 28 attended the opening ceremony of the 2014 Book Road Festival in Ho Chi Minh City.  State President Truong Tan Sang (6th from R) cuts the ribbon to open the 2014 Book Road Festival - Photo: QDNDUnder the … [Read more...]