Hanoi (VNA) – Hanoi wants to work
with Hungary’s capital Budapest on environmental issues, relics preservation and tourism development, according to Vice
Chairwoman of the Hanoi People’s Council Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc.
Ngoc, accompanied by Vice Chairman of the
Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Quoc Hung, visited Budapest on August 1-2 where
she met with the city’s Vice Mayor for City Development Szeneczey Balazs.
During the meeting, she asked Budapest to increase
delegation exchanges between the two cities and boost cooperation with Hanoi,
particularly in environmental treatment and producing clean water from the Red
River’s surface water.
Hanoi also hopes to learn from Budapest’s
experience in tourism development and relic preservation which will be
beneficial for its restoration, protection and management of cultural and
Additionally, Hung discussed riverside urban
planning, constructing overpasses and solving traffic jams with senior
officials from Budapest. The two sides also talked about enhanced partnerships
in information technology, management of residential databases and building
For his part, Balazs gave his guests an
overview of the city’s economic development, cultural relics, transportation,
urban architecture and social welfare.
The vice mayor said he looks forward to
deepening ties between the two cities and suggested the two sides to sign a
framework agreement for cooperation.-VNA
The delegation, with its 47 members representing countries such as France, Italy, Russia, and the Republic of Korea, were invited by travel agencies like Saigontourist, Hanoitourist, Vietravel, and Ben Thanh Tourist. They surveyed tourism routes and joined a Gala Dinner organized by Thua Thien-Hue’s provincial People’s Committee. During their two-day stay, they will visit historical and natural relics, sample Hue’s cuisine, and participate in tourism fairs. Tour operators in Thua Thien-Hue welcomed local businesses to a seminar intended to encourage cooperation and explore partnership opportunities. Provincial authorities introduced the Hue Festival 2014, the 2014 Golden Tourism Week, and the Hue Relics Preservation Centre’s attractions for foreigners. Thua Thien-Hue is commemorating 20 years of its Hue imperial relic complex recognised as a UNESCO world cultural heritage site, and 10 years of the Hue Royal Court music’s inclusion as intangible cultural heritage of humankind. The reopening of the upgraded Phu Bai International Airport on September 20 is expected to attract more tourists to the province.... [read more]
The Thua Thien Hue provincial People’s Committee has decided that each owner of a nha vuon will receive financial support of VND100 million (US$5,597) to rebuild their house. It plans to work closer with tourism companies in the province in general and Hue City in particular to support nha vuon owners, who like to put their houses on view for the public to see. According to a recent survey conducted by the Hue Relics Preservation Centre, the province has 690 of these distinctive and gardens. In Hue alone, there are 330 such houses with gardens as large as 400 m2 each. A typical nha vuon in Hue has two main parts: the nha ruong and the surrounding garden, designed according to geomancy and their owner’s spiritual orientation. Each nha ruong is built with many pillars (cot) and beams (ruong) and its name is derived from this very characteristic. Another very archetypal feature is that all the pillars and beams are held together by mortice and tenon joints, and not by nails.... [read more]
At a reception for the French guests the same day, HCM City People’s Committee Vice Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Hong highlighted the effectiveness of the recent cooperation between HCM City and Lyon, especially in the fields of historic and cultural relic preservation. She expressed hopes Lyon will continue to support and work with HCM City in lighting systems design, urban management, and environmental protection. Gilles Buna concurred with Hong’s positive assessments of the two cities’ existing relationship and voiced a desire to expand cultural and economic cooperation. HCM City announced it will inaugurate its Post Office’s new lighting system designed by Lyon on September 22. The lighting works are part of celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic ties.... [read more]
A welcome ceremony for Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his entourage was held in Warsaw on September 14. Immediately after the welcome ceremony, PM Dung and his Polish counterpart Jaroslaw Kaczynski held talks in which they affirmed their determination to implement measures aimed at further promoting economic, trade and investment cooperation between Vietnam and Poland. The Polish PM praised the visit by PM Dung and his entourage as a vivid manifestation of the time-honoured friendship and cooperation between the two countries. Mr Kaczynski said Poland appreciates the role of the Vietnamese community in speeding up its socio-economic development and bilateral relations and it is ready to assist Vietnam in strengthening military and technical know-how, national defence and security as well as promoting its relations with the European Union (EU). For his part, PM Dung said in the context of globalisation and international integration, Vietnam attaches great importance to consolidating and developing the ties of friendship and multifaceted cooperation with Poland on the basis of independence, self-reliance and mutual benefit. Vietnam is ready to serve as a bridge to Poland’s cooperation with ASEAN member countries, Mr Dung said. Host and guest believed that the visit will contribute to further strengthening and developing bilateral cooperation more effectively and substantively in the new period. The two PMs informed each other of the situation in each country and exchanged views on issues related to bilateral and multilateral relations with a view to boosting Vietnam-Poland cooperation in many fields, especially in economics, trade and…... [read more]
At a meeting with provincial leaders on January 3, Mr Nhan emphasised that the province should be developed into an economic and educational centre of the north-central region and set a target for an economic growth rate of at least 10.5 percent in 2009. To this end, he asked Nghe An to develop human resources and scientific technology, accelerate administrative reform, resolve social issues and protect the environment. The Deputy PM said that the Government will restructure the university and college network in the province and allow it to open branches of medical, construction, culture and arts universities in the locality. He also said the Government will consider including the Vinh University in the list of national key universities. He urged the province to disburse capital from the sale of Government bonds to implement education and healthcare projects more efficiently. The deputy PM agreed with the province's proposal to establish a secondary boarding school for ethnic minority students to meet the demand for human resources in 10 mountainous districts, and develop the Nghe An General Hospital into a north-central regional hospital. He urged Nghe An to mobilise resources to complete the Kim Lien relic preservation project in 2010 to mark the 120th birth anniversary of the late President Ho Chi Minh. In 2008, Nghe An met 18 out of 22 key targets, with a GDP growth rate of 10.6 percent.... [read more]
About VND90 billion out of the total amount comes from the provincial budget, and the remaining amount will be mobilised from other economic sectors, Mr Thien said. The investment will cover projects on tourism infrastructure development, including new hotels, shopping and relaxation centres, and restaurants. It will also include the preservation of the former imperial city of Hue in an effort to make it become Vietnam’s specific festival city, he added. Meanwhile, the provincial authorities have committed to strengthening measures to put tourism services in place. Last year, the province welcomed 1.53 million visitors, up 17.6 percent and 34.6 percent in terms of arrivals and revenue, respectively, compared to the previous year. During the lunar New Year Festival, Huong Giang and Saigon-Morin Hue hotels received between 900-1,000 visitors a day. With free admission offered by the Hue Relics Preservation Centre on the first two days of the New Year, the city welcomed some 16,000 visitors.... [read more]
In Russia, the delegation met Ivan Melnikov, the Russian Duma’s First Vice President and the First Vice President of the Russian Communist Party’s Central Committee. They also held talks with Moscow leaders. Both sides discussed practical measures for advancing their capital cities’ comprehensive cooperation. Moscow’s Deputy Mayor Petr Biriukov and Hanoi People’s Committee Vice Chairperson Vu Hong Khanh signed a memorandum of understanding on bilateral friendship and cooperation. Warsaw municipal leaders, receiving the Hanoi delegation on their Poland visit, expressed hopes of boosting cooperation and sharing experiences in relic preservation and socio-economic development. During working sessions with Prague authorities and the Vice President of the Czech Communist Party, both sides agreed to enhance cooperation in urban management and heritage preservation. In Hungary, Nghi and Budapest’s Deputy Mayor pledged to extend the successes of previously signed agreements while encouraging district and agency exchanges and cooperation to sustain the health of the two cities’ relationship.... [read more]
According to Phan Thanh Hai, Director of the Hue Relics Preservation Centre, in 1992, Japan’s Fund-in-Trust channelled US$100,000 through UNESCO to restore the Ngo Mon (Noon Gate), part of the Hue Royal Relic complex. The Japanese Government has also funded projects to preserve the King Minh Mang’s tomb and Nha Nhac Hue, the unique sound of Hue’s Royal Court Music. Since 1993, Japan’s Toyota Foundation has financed over 10 research projects supporting the Hue Relics Preservation Centre, worth US$100,000. The Japan Foundation, Waseda University, the Japan International Cooperation Agency and UNESCO’s Asia-Pacific Cultural Centre have also played a substantial role in these efforts. During the reviewed period, overseas specialists from countries including Poland and Germany have been dispatched to the imperial capital city. Laos also sent 400 cubic metres of the original kind of hardwood to use in the preservation work. Other supportive organisations include the Fulbright Program and the Ford Foundation from the US, the French Group Rhone Polenc and the Korea Foundation.... [read more]
This information was announced at a January 11 conference to review the activities of the Hue Relics Preservation Centre in 2016 and implement its tasks for 2017. The projects include Ngo Mon (Noon Gate) site and Tho Ninh temple (second phase); Bi Dinh site under Tu Duc Tomb; the mausoleum area under Duc Duc Tomb; wall system and Tu Cam Thanh Gate and Ho Quyen Site (first phase); Nghinh Luong Dinh Site; Long Chau Temple and infrastructure in the Hue Imperial Citadel. Meanwhile, the centre will continue to exploit the “Hue—One Destination, Five Heritage Sites” tour. This year, some places in the Hue Imperial Citadel will open to visitors at night, from 6:30pm to 10pm every day, as a pilot project by the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre. The places include Ngo Mon Gate (Noon Gate), Thai Hoa Palace (Supreme Harmony Palace), The Mieu (Ancestral Temple), Dien Tho Palace, Truong Sanh Palace, Tu Phuong Vo Su Pavilion and Hoa Binh Gate (Peace Gate). According to the Centre’s Director Phan Thanh Hai, the move aims to offer tourists more time to cover interesting places in the Citadel due to their feedback on hot weather in the summer. The centre is moving to host exhibitions highlighting the cultural and historical values of such rituals as the changing of the guard, the performance of nha nhac (“court music”) and traditional crafts and worshipping, he noted. So far, nearly 130 facilities at the relic site have been upgraded with a total investment of about VND…... [read more]
The Hue Relic Preservation Centre on December 25th welcomed and presented gifts to its 2.5 millionth visitor in 2016. The lucky woman is Ms. Pfister Nelda, travelling with Mr. Greber Rolan from Switzerland. The 2.5-million mark this year represented an increase of nearly 500,000 arrivals over a year earlier, of which 1.4 million were foreign tourists, up 15%. The revenue from entry tickets is estimated to reach VND260 billion, up VND60 billion against 2015, or 131% of the year’s plan. Mr. Phan Thanh Hai, Director of the Hue Relic Preservation Centre, said from the start of the year, although the local tourism sector met difficulties due to impacts from the sea pollution problem and extended flooding, the number of travelers to Hue still remained stable. Aiming to attract holidaymakers to Hue, the centre launched three promotions to stimulate travel demand through the “gold tourism week” campaign, with the expectation of bringing values of Hue heritages closer to tourists and the community./. BTA... [read more]