374 artists honoured

Vietnamese artists. The Ministry of Culture and Information announced on Tuesday the President’s decision on presenting 36 People’s Artists titles and 333 Artist of Merit titles to those who have made a distinct contribution to national culture. The artists who receive the People’s Artist titles include Nguyen Xuan Hoach, Nguyen Thi Thanh Tam, Vu Thi Mai Phuong, Phan Doan Tan, Do Thi Phuong Bao, Nguyen Trung Duc, Hoang Van Khiem, Le Hung, Nguyen Lan Huong, Bui Dac Su, Ngo Thi Quam, Do Doan Chau, Thai Van Hien, Hoang Tien Dung, Nguyen Ngoc Truc, Ngo Xuan Huyen, Nguyen Thanh Tong, Tran Dinh Sanh, Nguyen Thi Hoa Binh, Phan Dat Truong, Le Huy Quang, Nguyen Huu Tuan, Nguyen Nhu Quynh, Pham Quang Vinh, Nguyen Quang Loi, Le Ngoc Cuong, Tran Thanh Binh, Ngo Thi Kieu Ngan, Pham Anh Phuong, Do Tien Dinh, Ngo Dang Cuong, Tran Kim QUy, Trinh Xuan Dinh, Nguyen Vu Hoai, Nguyen Khai Hung, and Nguyen Viet Cuong. Three other artists, including Tran Khanh, Do Trong Thuan and Bui … [Read more...]

Veteran artist Huynh Phuong Dong passed away

Veteran artist Huynh Phuong Dong, passed away at the age of 90 in Ho Chi Minh City on December 18. Painter Huynh Phuong Dong, whose real name was Huynh Cong Nhan, was born in 1925 in in Binh Hoa-Gia Dinh (present-day Ho Chi Minh City). He studied at the Gia Dinh Fine Arts TrainingSchool (former Ho Chi Minh City University of Fine Arts) in 1940. After graduating from the Gia Dinh Fine Arts TrainingSchool in 1945, he joined the army (1945-1954). He left for the north in 1954 and joined Ha Noi's Fine Arts College. After that graduated from the sculpture department in 1963, he returned the south to join in the anti-American resistance war. He was member of the standing committee of the Vietnam Fine Arts Association (1975-1977), deputy head of the Department of Fine Arts under the Ministry of Culture and Information (1977-1988), and has become a teacher at Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture, and College of Culture and Arts of Ho Chi Minh City. Painter Huynh Phuong Dong and … [Read more...]

Minister passes responsibility for Vietnam’s troubled tourism industry to successor

The minister of tourism raised ripples of laughter as he addressed a Q&A session in front of Vietnamese lawmakers on Tuesday, when he consistently passed responsibility to his future successor while answering tough questions. Minister Hoang Tuan Anh is in charge of culture, sports and tourism, but most of the questions he received during the lawmaking National Assembly session in Hanoi were about the country’s troublesome tourist industry. National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung asked the minister when Vietnam’s tourism could catch up with the likes of Thailand and Malaysia, and Minister Anh did not hesitate to say that the answer "lies in the hand of the next tourism minister." "I dare not answer this," he said at the televised Q&A session. The response immediately raised laughter among hundreds of lawmakers. The minister went on to address other questions, regarding solutions for further development of the tourist industry or visa issues. "The … [Read more...]

Vietnam beauty fined $1,000 for competing abroad without permission

Lam Thuy Anh during the Miss Global Beauty Queen pageant in Korea. Photo supplied Ho Chi Minh City's culture department announced Saturday it decided to impose a fine of VND22.5 million (around $1,000) on a woman for attending a beauty pageant abroad without permission. Lam Thuy Anh became the third runner-up at the Miss Global Beauty Queen 2015 organized in Seoul, South Korea early this month. Anh, who represented herself at the city's culture department on Wednesday after returning from the beauty competition, said that she was waiting for a written decision from authorities. "I hope to resolve this problem as soon as possible," she said. Anh added that she had not applied for a permission because she got a visa to South Korea to participate in the beauty pageant too late, just two days before the opening day of the contest. Anh flied to Seoul on October 7, two days after the beauty competition kicked off. The HCMC culture department said it had reported the case to the … [Read more...]

In pictures: Chuong Temple – a must-see place in Hung Yen

VietNamNet Bridge – Chuong Temple is one of the must-see places in the northern province of Hung Yen. Built in the Le Dynasty (15th-17th century), this ancient temple is known as the one of the top three destinations of Pho Hien. Pho Hien is a historical site in Hung Yen Province, about 70 kilometers southeast of Hanoi. In the 15th to 18th centuries it was a famous merchant port in Vietnam and a small historic town on the banks of the Red River. The prosperous time of Pho Hien was associated with the golden time of trade between Vietnam, China and Japan. Like the ancient town of Hoi An, Pho Hien is a favorite destination of Japanese tourists. Pho Hien area covers five square kilometers running from Dang Chau Hamlet in Lam Son Ward to Ne Chau Hamlet in Hong Chau Ward. Chuong (Bell) Temple, located in Nhan Duc Hamlet, Hien Nam Ward, Hung Yen Township (Pho Hien in the past), has another name of Kim Chung Tu. According to an old legend, a long time ago, there was a golden bell on … [Read more...]

Traditional music expert dies at 95

Reaching back in time: Professor Tran Van Khe, a world-renowned ethnomusicologist specialising in traditional Vietnamese music. — VNS Photo Nguyen A HCM CITY (VNS) — Professor Tran Van Khe, a world-renowned ethnomusicologist specialising in traditional Vietnamese music, died yesterday at Gia Dinh Hospital in HCM City. He was 95 years old. Born in 1920 into a family of four generations of musicians in the Mekong Delta's Tien Giang Province, the young Khe developed a flair for traditional musical instruments from his aunts and uncles who acted as mentors after his parents died. He defended his doctoral dissertation on traditional Vietnamese music in Paris in 1958, becoming the first Vietnamese to earn a doctoral degree in music. Khe later worked for France's prestigious Centre National de Recherche Scient-ifique (National Centre of Scientific Research), and taught at Sorbonne University. He was elected a member of the UNESCO's International Council of Music. He attended … [Read more...]

Issue stamp collection on Hung Kings worship rituals

VGP - On the occasion of the Hung Temple Festival 2015, the Ministry of Culture and Information and the Phu Tho People's Committee and Viet Nam Post issued a special stamp collection on Hung Kings Worship. The stamp samples shows Lac Hong grandchildren, the elders and Viet Nam ethnic groups of people burning incense to Hung Kings; image of Chung cake (square rice cake) and Day cake (round rice cake). The stamp collection consists of three stamp samples and one block, which were designed by artists Vo Luong Nhi and Vu Kim Lien. It was made from glued fabric paper and printed with offset method with its size of 46x 31 mm, and 135x 80 mm for stamp block. The collection will feature the entrance to Hung Kings Temple, Hung Kings worship rituals, and Vietnamese ethnic groups’ preparations to offer gift to Hung Kings. The unique practice of worshipping Hung Kings in Phu Tho province, Viet Nam, was recognised by UNESCO as part of the world’s intangible cultural heritage on … [Read more...]

Son Tay Ancient Citadel tells of its past while inspiring the future

Under the mossy old gate of the Son Tay Ancient Citadel, embraced by huge roots of 100-year-old trees, a group of teenagers were chatting and laughing and trying to take photos of each other. Not far from them, two young boys were fishing by the tranquil moat around the citadel. Their joyful laughter broke the calm surrounding the site. The 200-year-old citadel is located in downtown Son Tay town, 40km from the centre of Ha Noi. When tourists visit the citadel, they can see the remains of the once famous, very important military rampart. The citadel seems to be forgotten among other more touristy sites in the centre of Ha Noi, but I strongly encourage a visit there if one wants to explore its unique architecture, find calm after a busy work week in the noisy city or just discover traces of the past. Built in the third year of King Minh Mang (1822), this 16ha site is home to the only Vietnamese citadel built with da ong (laterite) bricks. From its walls to stairs in different … [Read more...]

Tunnel village of Vinh Linh in pictures

VietNamNet Bridge – A system of 114 tunnels and the tunnel village of Vinh Linh in Quang Tri province in central Vietnam has been recognized a special national monument. When building up to the Gulf of Tonkin incident in 1964, expanding its attack on North Vietnam by air and naval forces, the US paid special attention to Vinh Linh District, aiming to turn this area into a white belt to prevent the North from assisting the South. More than half a million tons of bombs were dropped onto this land. With iron will, the local people created a system of tunnels deep in the ground. From 1965 to 1968, Vinh Linh people built 114 tunnels in 70 villages of 15 communes and towns. The tunnel system was used until 1972. To date, the Vinh Moc Tunnel in Vinh Thach commune is the most intact. This tunnel consists of three floors, 1,701 m long with 13 gates. To make this system, local people had to dig and remove more than 6,000 m3 of rock and soil. It is called the tunnel village because the … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s aspiring beauty women compete illegally overseas, eat their fines and smile

Dieu Linh, a Ho Chi Minh City model, is the latest among the Vietnamese beauties to be fined for competing in an international beauty pageant without permission. File photo The fact that nearly ten Vietnamese women have participated in small international beauty pageants in the past two years without official permission, leaves one to wonder whether the risks are too small or the benefits are too large. Dieu Linh, a Ho Chi Minh City model, flew to Malaysia to join the Miss Tourism Queen International 2014 in December. Dieu Linh never applied for official permission from the Ministry of Culture and Information and news of her violation only became known to the public after she won two lesser titles: Miss South East Asia and Best in National Costume. According to Vietnam's official rules, every woman who wants to compete abroad must hold at least a national title in order to qualify for permission to compete abroad from the Ministry of Culture and Information. Dieu Linh spoke to … [Read more...]

Phu Yen marks historical event

PANO – The Phu Yen provincial Party Committee, People’s Council, People’s Committee and Fatherland Front Committee have held a meeting at the Vung Ro historical relic site in Hoa Xuan Nam commune, Dong Hoa district, to mark 50 years since Vung Ro Port received the first shipment of un-numbered ships. Phu Yen province’s leaders offering incense at the port. (Photo: dantri.com.vn) 50 years ago, Phu Yen province was assigned to open Vung Ro Port to receive weapons transported from the North for battlefields in Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa and Dak Lak provinces. On November 28th, 1964, an un-numbered ship, with Ho Dac Thanh at the helm, transporting 60 tonnes of weapons and goods anchored Vung Ro Port. The event contributed to beautifying the combat tradition of the nation, the Vietnam People’s Army, as well as Phu Yen’s troops and people. From November, 1964 to February, 1965, the port received four un-numbered ships. The fourth one which was discovered by … [Read more...]

Quang Tri – Land of Heroism

Back to the era of Hung Kings thousands of years ago, Quang Tri played an important role in the State of Van Lang - Au Lac. It lay in the middle of the country. Over centuries with many independence wars, this land gave birth to unforgettable names of heroes. "Take your light steps and speak in low voice The Citadel is wide but why do my comrades lie so narrowly Every piece of land is a piece of life That makes me choked" (Citadel Land by Pham Dinh Lan) Forty years ago, Quang Tri Town was as beautiful as a watercolour picture but it was torn down during the American War. Tens of thousands of warriors fell down to protect every piece of land until the National Liberation and Reunification in 1975. Quang Tri Citadel has today become the evidence of time and the eloquent demonstration of the eternal will of this war-torn land. According to estimates, the amount of bombs the US Army dropped on Quang Tri Town in 81 days in 1972 were equivalent to seven nuclear bombs. But, the … [Read more...]

US grants USD40,000 to preserve Cam Gia communal house in Vinh Phuc province

(CPV) - A grant of USD40,000 from the US Ambassador's fund for cultural preservation will help the northern province of Vinh Phuc to restore and preserve the Cam Gia communal house in An Tuong commune, Vinh Tuong district. Accordingly, the architectural structure of Cam Gia Communal House will be preserved and restored to counter the effects of severe degradation. It has eight compartments, with a harem and an altar located in a private space reserved for the saints. The communal house, built in 1811, was listed by the Ministry of Culture and Information (now the Ministry Culture, Sports and Tourism) as a "national level historical, cultural vestige" in the Decision No 460/QD-BT March 18, 1996. Especially, there are many carved arrays typically present in the transitional period between architectural styles from late Le dynasty to Nguyen dynasty. Established by the US Department of State in 2001 to help less developed countries preserve cultural heritage and to demonstrate US … [Read more...]

Ba To relic site upgraded

Delegates cut the ribbon to inaugurate the upgraded site PANO - The Military Zone 5 Command on August 5th held a ceremony in Ba To district, Quang Ngai province, to inaugurate and hand over the upgraded Ba To relic site to the locality. The upgrading was part of activities to mark the 70th founding anniversary of the Vietnam People's Army, 25th anniversary of the whole people's defence festive day, towards 70th anniversary of Ba To Uprising (March 12th 1945-2015) and 70th founding anniversary of Military Zone 5 (October 16th 1945-2015). After an uprising to occupy Ba To Post, the Ba To Uprising Command held a ceremony at the Ba To stadium on March 12th 1945 to establish the Ba To militant team (predecessor of Military Zone 5). The stadium was recognized as a national relic in 1980 by the Ministry of Culture and Information (present Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism). Speaking at the ceremony, Major General Tran Quang Phuong, the zone's commissar, affirmed that once … [Read more...]

Ba Om Pond

VietNamNet Bridge - Ba Om Pond in the Southwest region is a famous tourist sight. The climate here is cool, and named as the second Da Lat. Ba Om Pond. Photo yesvietnam Ba Om Pond is located in the village of Ta Cu, in Nguyet Hoa commune, Chau Thanh district, Tra Vinh province. To get there, visitors go along Highway 53 to the south west, about 7 km from the center of Tra Vinh province. Ba Om Pond is 500 m long and 300 m wide and it is also called Ao Vuong (Square Pond) since its shape is almost square. In the right season, the pond is also embellished with pink lotuses or red water lilies. The climate at Ba Om Pond is cool year round, so Tra Vinh people call it the second Da Lat. The pond is surrounded by ancient trees of hundreds of years old. The roots of these trees are above the ground, forming many strange shapes. Large roots create big caves, where children can get into. Some roots have created sofas. Ancient trees around Ba Om Pond. Photo hanhtrinhvietnamxanh Ang … [Read more...]

Duong Lam ancient village – Attractive Historical and Cultural Destination

(Cinet)- Duong Lam is a commune in Son Tay city town, Hanoi, 60 km from the city center. The village attracts visitors because of its ancient houses and the architectural features of a typical old Vietnamese village with banyan trees, the river wharf and the yard of the communal house. Duong Lam village in Son Tay Town (some 60km to the west of Hanoi Capital) is the first ancient village recognised as a national cultural historical relic by the Ministry of Culture and Information on May 19, 2006. Duong Lam is now having 9 villages: Mong Phu, Dong Sang, Doai Giap, Cam Thinh, Cam Lam, Phung Khang, Ha Tan, Hung Thinh, and Van Mieu, with 956 traditional houses. This is the only place to keep the complete structure and the daily habits of one ancient village belonging to themidland of the Tonkin. Especially, Duong Lam also keeps banian trees, village drans, communal houses, wells having thousands years of age, beside ancient houses with the architecture from 17th 18th century with the … [Read more...]

Vietnam beauty queen gives up crown, says she’s tired

Trieu Thi Ha, Miss Ethnic Vietnam 2011, asked to give up her crown last year saying saying the to day campaigns have taken a toll on her health. PHOTO COURTESY OF AN NINH THU DO The first beauty queen to give up her crown has become a media sensation in recent days after the 22-year-old told media that the contest organizers' stiff demands forced her to give up her crown last year. Trieu Thi Ha of the Nung ethnic group in the northern mountainous province of Cao Bang was crowned the second Miss Ethnic Vietnam in 2011. In a petition she wrote to the organizers on April 26 last year, she asked to give her title back after claiming that health problems had prevented her from "being able to follow the conditions set by the organizers." She promised at the time not to share her decision with the media without the agreement of relevant parties. Recently, she broke that promise after saying her request went unanswered. An Ninh Thu Do quoted her as saying she asked to give up her crown … [Read more...]

Proud Traditions of Ha Giang Customs Department

With the interest of the Party and State of Vietnam, under the direct guidance of the General Department of Customs, the Provincial Party Committee, People's Committee, the effective coordination of relevant departments, the support of local people, Customs Department of Ha Giang Province has overcome all difficulties to gradually promote Ha Giang a developed and mature province in all aspects. In 2013, the Customs Department of Ha Giang has actively implemented planned tasks in the tough economic time globally, nationally and locally. However, under the leadership and direction of the Government, the Ministry of Finance, executive committees, local authorities, General Department of Customs, the coordination of all levels, Customs Department of Ha Giang has performed synchronous measures with the aim of facilitating organisations and individuals involved in import-export activities of goods, means of transport, immigration and international tourism; thus, import-export activities of … [Read more...]

A Japanese dream

In this file photo, Soichiro Wada (L) works with a Vietnamese expert on Southeast Asian history to organize his collection of artifacts / PHOTO COURTESY OF NGUYEN VIET It is a building located on a 4,000-square-meter plot in Binh Tan District, southwest of Ho Chi Minh City's center. It has no signboards and is often closed. Not many know that it is actually an art museum where thousands of objects, including many from ancient Vietnamese culture, are housed. In fact, no one except for a few local historians and archeologists are aware that the museum was founded by a Japanese man who had a great passion for Asian history and culture, and a deep love for Vietnam. But he died last year before it ever opened its doors to the public, and it's been closed ever since. Shoichiro Wada, an engineer who had worked in Vietnam for many years since 1975, died from cancer last July, when the museum's construction was nearly completed. The project has since been halted, because not all of his … [Read more...]