Bronze mirror – unique antique

A round bronze mirror with the front leveled and polished for reflection is the first ancient mirror collected and stored by the Hai Duong provincial Museum. Antique found during lime pit digging Vu La village in Nam Dong commune (Hai Duong city) is adjacent to national highway 5. The village is "When Hai came to donate the bronze mirror, we were really flabbergasted … [Read more...]

Corporal punishment prohibited in HCM City’s schools

VietNamNet Bridge – Educators have been called on to reconsider the "you have to be cruel to be kind" education philosophy which has been applied in Vietnam for hundreds of years. The fact that a sixth grader in HCM City died after she was spanked by a teacher has once again rung the alarm bell over education methods used in Vietnamese schools. The student died after … [Read more...]

Social News 21/1

Trucks blamed for congestion on Hanoi Highway A nine-hour traffic jam on Hanoi Highway last Friday was due to a long line of container trucks heading for Truong Tho port complex while a road widening project has yet to get off the ground. Container trucks were moving inch by inch to Truong Tho port complex in Thu Duc District, causing serious congestion on other streets … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 20-31 (daily updated)

Symphony Concert with Spanish Conductor David Gómez Ramírez Fri 30 Jan 2015, 8 pm Vietnam National Academy of Music 77 Hao Nam, Hanoi You are invited to a symphony concert with: Conductor: David Gómez Ramírez Piano Soloist: Vu Ngoc Linh and the Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra Program L.V. Beethoven Overture Egmont P.I. Tchaikovsky Concerto No 1 for piano and … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 20/1

Cheo Theatre stages traditional opera with a twist A new show combining Cheo (traditional opera) and Water Puppetry is currently being staged daily between 5.30 and 6.30pm at the Ha Noi Cheo Theatre, 15 Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street. Entitled "Long Thanh Dien Xuong" or the Thang Long Citadel Singing Show, the act features folk dances, traditional opera, Xam singing (folk music … [Read more...]

Social News 18/1

Hand, foot and mouth disease strikes Hanoi A health official from the Hanoi Health Department says a surging outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease in ten districts in Hanoi has infected 36 people so far this year. According to the official, there have been five separate outbreaks reported and there is an especially high risk of a widespread outbreak in Bac Tu Liem district … [Read more...]

North’s hilly resort town worth a try

VietNamNet Bridge – In the country’s southern part, Dalat is a well-known tourist destination of the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong thanks to its cool weather while the north can take pride in Tam Dao, also a long-established hilly resort town in Vinh Phuc Province. Mountain peaks are seen from Tam Dao Town Tam Dao is around 85 kilometers from Hanoi. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 17/1

Photographer brings Vietnam to Cyprus A photo by Gian Thanh Son. The beauty of Vietnam's seas and islands is the focus of Gian Thanh Son's latest exhibition of photographs which will open next week in Nicosia, Cyprus. Thirty-colour photographs were selected from the artist's collection, Dao va bo bien Vietnam (Vietnam's Seas and Islands), the result of more than 20 years … [Read more...]

Tet gifts for DK1 platform’s troops

Naval troops of Naval Region 2 preparing Tet gifts to present to DK1 platform and Con Dao island district PANO - A number of Tet gifts on board the HQ 621 and HQ 609 are on route to DK1 platform and Con Dao island district of Ba Ria-Vung Tau province to ensure troops and islanders a warm Tet holiday. Departing on January 15th at the port of Flotilla 812 of Naval Region 2, … [Read more...]

Vietnamese, Italian film makers seek partnerships

Vietnamese actors and actress at the workshop (Photo: VNA) Representatives from the Rome movie council spoke of wishes to establish ties with Vietnamese cinema during an international workshop to promote cinematic cooperation between Vietnam and Italy held on January 15. The event, part of the activities of Vietnamese Cultural Days in Rome, Italy, offered an opportunity for … [Read more...]

Social News 15/1

S.Korea firm to sue workers for loss-causing strike Striking workers at a South Korean-invested firm in HCM City will be sued for losses caused to the company. Some 800 workers at Carimax Sai Gon Ltd. Co. went on strike January 3 after the company declined to pass on a mandated rise in minimum wages. Company officials said on January 12 that workers who failed to carry out … [Read more...]

Exhibition highlights arts connecting friendship

PANO - Blind students from Nguyen Dinh Chieu School, the Hai Duong provincial Blind Association, and Toumelila Art School of Sweden gathered in a painting and sculpture exhibition, entitled "Arts connecting friendship", on January 12th in Hanoi. Over 100 selected paintings and 200 ceramic pieces by Vietnamese blind students were displayed at the event. The exhibition marks … [Read more...]

True and Lively Religious Life

New life in Bui Chu Bui Chu diocese in Xuan Truong District, Nam Dinh Province has existed for a long time and has been associated with many important events relating to the establishment and development of Catholicism in Vietnam. Bui Chu Cathedral in Xuan Ngoc Commune was inaugurated in 1885. It is an old, large church of Western architecture where masses with about 1,800 … [Read more...]

Social News 10/1

Facelift for HCM City Post Office stirs criticism Relate news HCM City Post Office gets facelift after 40 years A facelift for HCM City's 130-year-old post office has stirred critics for being too garish, even through the colours used matched those of the original building that is a landmark of the city. The building, at 2 Paris Commune in District 1 was built in 1886 by … [Read more...]

Social News 7/1

Fire burns down 12 houses in Ca Mau A gold shop in Thoi Binh District in the southern province of Ca Mau caught fire yesterday evening (January 6). The fire quickly spread to and burnt down eleven more houses nearby. At around 6:45 p.m, the fire started from Tan Phat gold shop and then quickly spread to nearby houses at Thoi Binh Market area due to strong wind. Local police … [Read more...]

Assets of 50 richest women reach $1 billion

VietNamNet Bridge – The total stock assets of the 50 richest Vietnamese women in 2014 increased by VND5 trillion from the year before. Nguyen Ngoc Nhat Hanh, the daughter of REE’s chair, is the young face in the top 50. The oldest member of the top 50 women is 64 years old, while the youngest was born in 1991. The total assets of the 50 women hit VND21.45 … [Read more...]

Da Nang Offensive Campaign 1975

PANO – The victory in the Central Highlands, and especially the victory of Tri Thien - Hue Campaign, isolated the enemy’s military bases in Da Nang and all the remaining force of the enemy’s Army Corps 1 and Military Tactical Zone 1 in Quang Da region, and blocked the roads to Saigon. After losing Tri Thien, Quang Ngai and most of Quang Nam provinces, the … [Read more...]

Gay characters in Vietnamese films: Any exaggeration?

It is not difficult to find gay characters on Vietnamese screens nowadays, but the way filmmakers depict them has become a bone of contention. In the last decade, local cinemas have screened a wide range of movies featuring gay characters such as "Gai Nhay" (Bar Girls), "Hot Boy Noi Loan" (Lost in Paradise), and "Lac Gioi" (Paradise in Heart). The most recent film, "De … [Read more...]