Writer, poetess Bach Phan of Dong Thap

(VOVworld) - Bach Phan of Sa Dec city, Dong Thap province, has written many Vọng cổ songs, which are a cycle or pattern, performed in Vietnam's reformed opera. Bach Phan is currently President of the Vietnam Stage Artists' Association and Vice President of the Dong Thap Provincial Stage Artists' Association. Le Hoa reports: Bach Phan is a poetess and a writer. Many of her works have been published by the People's Police Publisher, including 2 poetry collections called "Giant Crape-myrtle" and"A voice from the inside", 2 police story serials called "Sad melody" and "A turning point in life", and many Vong co songs. Bach Phan says she tries to convey the responsibility of educating the young in whatever she writes: "I want them to feel what I feel about life and the vitality of youth. The more we understand the nature of music, arts and literature, the better our behavior will be." The main theme of Bach Phan's Vong co songs is Vietnam's revolutionary tradition and police officers … [Read more...]

Over 180,000 visitors to the relic site of Uncle Ho’s father

From February 19th to 24th (the 1st to the 6th day of the first lunar month), the relic site of Nguyen Sinh Sac - the father of President Ho Chi Minh, located in Cao Lanh city, the southern province of Dong Thap, attracted more than 180,000 domestic and foreign tourists, increasing 15% in comparison with that in 2014. This year, more visitors came to the site because they wanted to see the two Vietnam heritage trees, including a 287-year thistle tree and a 326-year tree as well as to admire two other over-100-year old trees that present two works of arts. The relic site of Nguyen Sinh Sac. (Photo source: Dak Lak newspaper) During the lunar new year 2015, a range of activities has been held at the site, such as photo exhibitions on daily activities and Tet activities of President Ho Chi Minh, on Cao Lanh city in the past and at present, the Communist Party of Vietnam and calligraphy./. … [Read more...]

Local authorities offered Tet gifts to social policy families in city, neighboring provinces

A delegation led by Chairman of HCMC People’s Committee Le Hoang Quan visited and offered Tet greetings to leaders of the HCM City Committee for Catholic Solidarity, the Vietnam Protestant Church Association (southern region) and Ho Chi Minh City Archbishop's Palace on February 10. Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, Chairwoman of the municipal council presented Tet gifts to social policy families in Long An Province. (Photo: Sggp) Mr. Le Hoang Quan highlighted the outstanding contributions and solidarity of the people of the city, the clerics and followers in solving problems of society and for maintaining and developing growth in the city. On the same day, permanent Deputy Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Vo Van Thuong and officials paid a visit and offered Tet gifts to social policy families in Dong Thap and Tien Giang provinces. The delegation supported the provinces more than VND13 billion to build gratitude houses, bridges, kindergartens and rural roads. The … [Read more...]

Dong Thap: Ancient trees win heritage honour

The 326-year-old Sop (Ficus pisocarpa Blume) tree (Source: dongthap.gov.v) A 287-year-old carambola tree and a 326-year-old Sop (Ficus pisocarpa Blume) tree in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap have been recognised as national heritage trees. Certificates of the recognition were handed over to local authorities by the Vietnam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment (VACNE) at a ceremony held in the locality on December 18. The trees, which are the first heritage trees of Dong Thap, are standing in the memorial site of Nguyen Sinh Sac, who is late President Ho Chi Minh’s father, in Cao Lanh city since 1977 as a gift from the Ngo Van Hay family. During the two resistance wars, the Ngo Van Hay family dug cellars under the trees to provide shelters for revolutionaries. The VACNE launched the programme to conserve Vietnam Heritage Trees in 2011. It contributes to promoting the diversification and abundance of Vietnam’s flora as well as developing … [Read more...]

Beauty of the Mekong Delta region during water rising season

Trees and plants in the region are enriched with alluvium flowing downstream during the flood season. (Cinet)- Every year, from August to November, banks throughout Mekong River Delta are submerged due to flooding of the Mekong river upstream. Because the water doesn't come all of a sudden but rises gradually, the local people don't call it the "flood season" but "water rising season". The peak of the water rising season from late October to November is ideal to discover the region's natural beauty. There are many beautiful landscapes to enjoy such as floating markets, Unicorn island, An Binh island, Vinh Sang farm, bee farm, crocodile farm, raft village, Cham Tribal village… with the attractive folk games. A typical tour around the region might start at Can Tho City and include a trip to Cai Rang Floating Market, Tra Su Cajuput Forest, Dong thap muoi, Bac Lieu Province well-known for Vietnamese Opera(đờn ca tài tử) and the relics of Bac Lieu Dude. A large number of pagodas can also … [Read more...]

Dong Thap kick-starts the construction of new monument

PANO - Dong Thap Province on October 29th held the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of a monument at Cao Lanh wharf in Cao Lanh city, Dong Thap province. Witnesses of the event gather. Photo: nhandan.com.vn The project is in commemoration of the day when troops in Southern Vietnam gathered in Cao Lanh town, Long Chau Sa province (now Cao Lanh city, Dong Thap province) in October 1954 to regroup in the North. The monument is built on the area of 12,000sq.m with total investment of VND 50 billion. Its first phase is expected to be completed next year. To celebrate the event, earlier, 600 delegates, representing 13,500 the then troops had offered incense in commemoration of Nguyen Sinh Sac, President Ho Chi Minh's father. The province also met with historical witnesses and made public the memoirs about the 100 days of the gathering. Translated by Son Ca … [Read more...]

Dong Thap to Focus on Potential Tourism Development

Dong Thap is considered a locality with special natural landscapes and charming rivers carrying traits of the wetland of the wild Dong Thap Muoi. The province has many famous places to visit and typical tourism products of the land of waters. These are favourable conditions to promote the development of the province's tourism in the future. Formation of key tourism destinations In the past years, Dong Thap tourism has made significant progress and become an important economic sector in the province. Tourism areas, especially key tourism areas, have gradually been formed and developed. Currently, Dong Thap has many famous tourist places in and outside the country such as the tomb relic of Junior Doctor Nguyen Sinh Sac, Xeo Quyt Relic Zone, Gao Giong eco-tourism zone, Go Thap Relic zone, Dong Sen - Thap Muoi tourism zone, Tram Chim National Park, Huynh Thuy Le ancient house, and others. In addition, Dong Thap has many significant traditional villages in the areas such as Sa Dec … [Read more...]

Binh Dinh to get tough on foot-dragging investor

Dao Loan This strong measure is not only meant to hasten the progress of this capital-intensive tourism project, but also serves as a warning to other slow projects in the province, said Mai Thanh Thang, vice chairman of the province. This project by Vietnamese American Hotel and Resort Co. Ltd. requires nearly VND4 trillion of investment to develop facilities over 300 hectares. It has been two years behind schedule, so Binh Dinh issued a "make or break" warning, saying the project could be awarded to another investor if the current project owner fails to put it on the run before the end of this year. "Apart from this project, other slow-moving ones are also being probed. Investors may have trouble with capital shortages as the economy is still mired in difficulties, yet they cannot prolong the execution time indefinitely," he told the Daily on Tuesday on the sidelines of a press conference to introduce the upcoming International Festival of Traditional Martial Arts in Binh … [Read more...]

President inspects Tran Dai Nghia memorial site

President Truong Tan Sang on February 16 visited the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long to inspect the construction work of a memorial site for Professor Tran Dai Nghia - a brilliant student of President Ho Chi Minh and a pioneer in modernising Vietnam's military technology. President Truong Tan Sang at a working session with Vinh Long provincial leaders (Source: VNA) Construction on the site started on November 24, 2013 on the occasion of the 100 th birthday anniversary of Professor Nghia. It is expected to be complete by the first quarter of 2015 with a total capital of 50 billion VND (2.35 million USD). Covering an area of about 16,000 sq.m in Tuong Loc commune, Tam Binh district, the site will contain a memorial house, a gallery, a library, a conference hall and a screening room. At a working session with provincial leaders on the construction process, President Sang stressed that the cultural work aims to honour Nghia's great contributions to national liberation and … [Read more...]

President visits Tran Dai Nghia memorial site

Speaking at a meeting with Vinh Long leaders on February 16, President Sang conveyed the memorial site will have deep national significance, reflecting the moral code of "remembering the water source we drink" and educating future generations on the Vietnamese revolutionary traditions and Professor Nghia's diligence, creativity and dedication to his country. (VOV) - President Truong Tan Sang has visited the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long to inspect the construction of a memorial site for professor Tran Dai Nghia, an excellent disciple of President Ho Chi Minh and a great scientist of Vietnam's revolution. He was the innovator of weapons during the resistance war against the French colonialists, opening a new path of development for Vietnam's military and contributing to the victory of the Vietnamese revolution. Earlier on February 15, President Sang attended a ceremony to officially unveil a memorial stele for Nguyen Sinh Sac, father of President Ho Chi Minh, in … [Read more...]

President inspects construction of memorial site for Prof. Tran Dai Nghia

(VOVworld) - President Truong Tan Sang has made an inspection tour of the construction of a memorial site professor Tran Dai Nghia, an excellent disciple of President Ho Chi Minh and a great scientist of Vietnam's revolution. Speaking at a working session in Vinh Long province on Sunday, President Sang said the memorial site will have an in-depth significance, reflecting the moral code of "remembering the water source we drink" and educating generations of Vietnamese the revolutionary traditions and Professor Nghia's diligence, creativity and dedication to the country. He was the innovator of weapons during the resistance war against the French colonialists, opening a new path of development for Vietnam's military and contributing to the victory of the Vietnamese revolution. Professor Tran Dai Nghia (R) met president Ho Chi Minh (Photo: archive) On Saturday afternoon, President Sang attended the inauguration ceremony of a stele for Nguyen Sinh Sac, father of President Ho Chi … [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...]

Tourist Areas in the Mekong Prepare for Tet Festival

Tourist areas in the Mekong delta are busily preparing to welcome the Tet festival 2014. Tourists are buying a souvenir when touring to a Mekong delta province (Photo: VNA) Can Tho City in the Mekong Delta officially opened its first Flower Street on January 28. It will be open for seven days of the Lunar New Year holiday. Ancient houses and ecological areas such as My Khanh, Khuong Islet and Khuong Dien will be open for visitation. Dong Thap Province tourism increased 30 percent every year compared to last year, said Deputy Director of Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Ngo Quang Tuyen. The province's leaders are determined to invest more in tourist areas including Nguyen Sinh Sac Monument to honor Ho Chi Minh's father, flower village of Sa Dec, Huynh Thuy Le Home Dec Town, and Tram Chim National Park where thousands of Sarus cranes reside. Bac Lieu Province in the Mekong Delta spent over VND2,500 billion (US$118,825) building 21 hectares at Nga Mat. Kien Giang Province's Phu … [Read more...]

Thousands holidaymakers in Hue City on National Day

According to the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Thua Thien-Hue Province, the number of holidaymakers to Hue City on occasion of National Day are estimated at 60,000, from which foreign visitors account for one third. On September 2, historical monuments in Hue will be open free of charge for all Vietnamese visitors from 7am to 5pm. Most holidaymakers are attracted to the Royal Palace of Hue, Thien Mu Pagoda, and the Royal Tombs. In related news, the People's Committee of Dong Thap Province said that since the beginning of this year, the province has attracted more than 1.1 million domestic and foreign visitors, up 35 percent compared to the same period last year. Revenue from tourisms touched VND180 billion, achieving 74 percent of this year's target plan. The province has developed many attractive tourist spots, such as Tram Chim National Park, Gao Giong Eco-Village, Xeo Quyt Relic Site, Go Thap Relic Site, Sa Dec Flower Village, and Nguyen Sinh Sac Relic Site. … [Read more...]

Visiting Uncle Ho’s mother’s village

(VOV) - Hoàng Trù or Chùa village, the home village of President Ho Chi Minh's mother, is the place where he was born. Hoàng Trù village is located in Kim Liên commune, Nam Đàn district, Nghệ An province, about 15 km west of Vinh city. The Hoàng Trù relic site is associated with the birthplace of Uncle Ho, his childhood and stories about his parents. The relic complex includes the house of Uncle Ho's maternal grandparents Hoàng Đường and Nguyễn Thị Kép, a house to worship the Hoàng Xuân clan, and the house of Uncle Ho's parents Nguyễn Sinh Sắc and Hoàng Thị Loan. The 3500m2 complex is typical for Vietnamese rural areas. The5-room house of Uncle Ho's maternal grandparents, where Uncle Ho's mother Hoang Thi Loan was born in 1868 The 3 outer rooms were used for teaching and receiving guests The house to worship the Hoàng Xuân clan The jackfruit tree behind the house is associated with Uncle Ho's childhood The 3-room worshipping house was built in 1881 and restored in 1930 … [Read more...]

Celebrating National Reunification and Liberation Days

Runners at the cross-country run in Ho Chi Minh City Nhan Dan - A variety of cultural and artistic activities took place across the country to celebrate the 38th anniversary of Southern Liberation and National Reunification Day (April 30) and the 127th May Day (May 1). * The Nghi Xuan district in the central province of Ha Tinh officially launched the Xuan Thanh beach tourism season on April 28, with the attendance of Party Central Committee member and National Assembly Vice Chairman, Uong Chu Luu. A number of cultural and sporting events and art performances praising the people's love of their country and its sea and islands were held during the opening ceremony. Tens of billions of VND has been invested over the past year to improve services and upgrade infrastructure, hotels and restaurants,in the Xuan Thanh tourist area. * The 2013 Mau Son tourism festival was held in the Loc Binh district of northern mountainous Lang Son province on April 27-28. The festival featured various … [Read more...]

Tien Giang Province, a beautiful and rich area

Since the 17 th century, the fertile land in the North of the Tien River has been reclaimed and developed by generations of inhabitants into an area with rich rice fields, fruit gardens, and busy trade along the river banks. Gradually, the brisk market towns of My Tho and Go Cong emerged in the fertile Cuu Long (Mekong) River Delta. This area is Tien Giang Province. Transporting fruit on Cai Be River.Harvest time in Tien Giang Province. Raising tra and basa fish in Mekong River Delta. Processing tra and basa fish for export in Hung Vuong Enterprise.Building the cable- stayed bridge spanning the Tien River linking with Ben Tre Province. 200 year-old Vinh Trang Pagoda with unique architectural features. Tourists are interested in souvenirs made by locals. Dong Tam snake- raising farm - An attraction for tourists. Since the 17th century, the fertile land in the North of the Tien River has been reclaimed and developed by generations of inhabitants into an area with rich … [Read more...]

President visits modern rural areas in Dong Thap

President Truong Tan Sang on February 13 made a Lunar New Year visit to the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap and inquired into the building of new rural areas in the locality. President Truong Tan Sang presents Tet gifts to prominent residents in Dong Thap on Feb. 13, 2013. The President visited Hoa An commune, an exemplary new rural area in Dong Thap, and underscored the role of people in making the National Target Programme for New Rural Areas a success. He said relevant agencies need to help local people fully understand the real benefits they can reap from the programme, and persuade them to directly monitor facilities to be built for them. The President urged local people to be creative in implementing the programme using the orientations provided. At a working session with provincial leaders, he was informed that from 2011-2012, street lighting was erected on more than 200 kilometres of rural roads, over 200 bridges were built or repaired, and thousands of dilapidated … [Read more...]

President inspects new rural building in Dong Thap

President Truong Tan Sang plants a tree as a souvernir at the tomb of Nguyen Sinh Sac, the father of the late President Ho Chi Minh. Photo Chinhphu.vn DONG THAP (VNS) -President Truong Tan Sang on February 13 made a Lunar New Year visit to the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap and inquired into the building of new rural areas in the locality. Sang visited Hoa An commune, an exemplary new rural area in Dong Thap, and underscored the role of people in making the National Target Programme for New Rural Areas a success. He said relevant agencies need to help local people fully understand the real benefits they can reap from the programme, and persuade them to directly monitor facilities to be built for them. Sang urged local people to be creative in implementing the programme using the orientations provided. At a working session with provincial leaders, he was informed that from 2011-12, street lighting was erected on more than 200 kilometres of rural roads, over 200 bridges … [Read more...]