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...]

Hue Festival 2016: Promoting and diffusing Vietnamese culture

(Cinet)- Hue Festival is the first Vietnamese contemporary festival which is developed base on the new concept of the festival. This is not only the place where programs with rich artistic and represent many cultures around the world, the Hue Festival also contributes to promoting and spreading Vietnamese elite culture. Hue Festival 2016: Promoting and diffusing Vietnamese culture Hue Festival, the brand is confirmed Since 1998, People's Committee of Thua Thien - Hue Province with the cooperation and support of the French government, the France Embassy in Vietnam, the direct help of the Ministry of Culture and Information, the General Department of tourism, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other ministries and departments have officially proposed to the Government to allow Thua Thien - Hue Hue festival 2000 - a festival of arts and culture, tourism at national scale the first international one in Vietnam. After the success of Hue Festival 2000, Hue Festival 2002 continues to be held … [Read more...]

The sole laterite citadel in Vietnam

VietNamNet Bridge - More than 40 kilometers from the center of Hanoi, the ancient city of Son Tay is a unique military structure in Vietnambuilt with laterite. Son Tay ancient citadel was built by King Minh Mang in 1822 to defend the western gateway to the city of Thang Long, which is now Hanoi. It has the style of a Vauban fortification; in time French architects praised it as a masterpiece of Vietnamese architecture. There were four main gates also made of bee-stone (laterite), the special material from Xu Doai. The citadel was where the kings of the Nguyen Dynasty lived and worked when in the area. The Citadel have quadrilateral, trapezoidal cross-sections. There are many holes in the top where soldiers can hide out and shoot at the enemy when they climb the walls. The four main ports: The south gate called Tien gate; the north is the Hau port, the East and west the main. Each port on the top has a guard floor (Vietnamese call Vong Lau) and only one entrance; the outside is … [Read more...]

Da Lat Teachers’ Training College

The college was designed by French Architect Moncet who then directly supervised the construction.Covering 22.3ha, the college consists of a main architectural workat the top of a hill with a total area of 8ha. The school’s initial name was Petit Lycée de Dalat which was renamed Grand Lycee de Dalat and Lycée Yersin in honour of Dr. Alexandre Yersin – a Swiss-born French bacteriologist and explorer and then the Hung Vuong Education Centre, a training facility for primary school teachers, from 1970 to 1975. It has had the name of Da Lat Teachers’ Training College since 1975. The most striking feature of the college is wall tiles and roof tiles imported from France. The row of classrooms was built in an elegant arc with its slop roof with a system of windows. At each round pillar, there are two arches built by earthen brick in a harmonious portion, creating elegance of the building. Seen from afar, it forms an artwork among greenish pine hills. At the … [Read more...]

Foreign artists’ passion for Vietnamese classical drama

PANO – Havingwatchedand studiedmany kinds of Vietnamese folk music genres, such as "cheo" (traditonal opera), "cai luong" (reformed theatre), "xam" singing, "ca tru", and "chau van" singing, artist Alain Destandau and his wife Bétina Schneeberger from Monte Charge Theatre, France, fell inlove with"tuong" (classical drama). After 13 years traveling between Vietnam and France to prepare for classical drama plays, such as "The life circle of sand" and "Antigon Vietnam", the French couple considers Vietnam their second home. Each time coming to the S-shaped country, Alain and Bétina are warmly welcomed by their Vietnamese artists who share their passion for classical drama. Alain Destandau and his wife Bétina Schneeberger. "Happy marriage" of rice and beefsteak In the cross-Vietnam tour in 2003, the French couple was enchanted by folk music performances, especially Tuong (also known as "hat boi") performances in Da Nang, Quang Nam, and Nam Dinh. Returning to … [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...]