Bui Xuan Phai’s paintings go to South Korea
SEOUL — Thirty-five famous oil paintings of Bui Xuan Phai are on display at the Seoul Exhibition Centre as part of a programme to celebrate Viet Nam’s National Day.
It’s the first time his paintings are open to South Korean’s public and is due to the help of Viet Nam’s Embassy, collector Tran Ngoc Tuan, his son and artistic specialists in South Korea.
Phai’s unique style of capturing Ha Noi’s Old Quarter combines Oriental and Occidental values inside the Vietnamese soul.
“The images of ancient streets, village roads and people in Phai’s paintings send a cultural message to other countries in the region,” says S. Kim, a member of the crew who organised the show.
Contest on South Korea launched for citizens
HA NOI — The annual writing contest about South Korea has just begun, calling the participation of all Vietnamese citizens above 15 years of age.
The sixth contest, which will end on December 1, is organised by the South Korea Embassy in Viet Nam, the Viet Nam-South Korea Friendship Association, and the Ha Noi Cultural Fund.
Participants can send their essay to the organising committee. Essays should talk about their impressions of the slogan Dynamic Korea of South Korea and their successful campaign to publicise its image in economic bases in Viet Nam. They can also make a short video clip or a photo collection about what impresses them about South Korea.
Two winners will get a trip to South Korea.
For more information about the contest, please visit www.hanquocngaynay.com or call the Viet Nam-South Korea Friendship Association at (04) 7718836.
Encyclopedia Britannica to appear in Viet Nam
HA NOI — The Vietnamese version of Encyclopedia Britannica will be available by late 2007 or early 2008, says the Education Publishing House who have reached an agreement about copyright contracts with the US company Encyclopedia Britannica.
Britannica first appeared in 1768 and became the standard encyclopedia for English-speaking countries.
The bigger Britannica encyclopedia will have 2,800 pages printed in four colours and sold for VND300,000 (US$18), while the pocket edition will be 1,500 pages printed in four colours and sold for VND150,000 ($9).
Lancome opens first beauty care counter in HCM City
HCM CITY — Lancome’s first beauty care counter in Viet Nam was opened at the Parkson Saigontourist Plaza, HCM City.
The care counter aims to help provide women with skin care needs direct contact with Lancome professionals and brands.
At the launching ceremony, Philippe Lamy, ASEAN Zone director, said: “We are pleased to share our values of innovation, elegance, and femininity with the French flair which we believe to resonate well with the heritage of the country. This is due to a long-term history of harmony between the French and Vietnamese cultures.” — VNS
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