• A retrospective stroll through Saigons 320-year history
     
    A photo exhibit on Saigons Nguyen Hue walking street narrates the citys cultural, historical and urban development from its inception to the present day. The Over 320 Years of Saigon - Ho Chi Minh City’s Culture and History, with about 100 works, commemorates the 44th...
  • Lang Song, first place to print books in modern Vietnamese
     
    The Lang Song printing house in Binh Dinh Province was one of the first three facilities to print books in Quoc Ngu, the Vietnamese writing system based on the Roman alphabet. The printing house is located in Lang Song Church, about 10 km from the center of Quy Nhon...
  • Vietnams beauty comes to life through lens of Saigon photographer
     
    Ho Chi Minh city based photographer Pham Huy Trung has depicted the beauty of Vietnam’s natural landscapes and daily life in a photo series. Terraced rice fields in Muong Hum Valley, Bat Xat District of northern highlands Lao Cai Province. From late May to the end of June each...
  • Seven culinary highs from northern Vietnam mountains
     
    Vietnams northwestern region spices up its spectacular vistas with some unique culinary delights. Here are seven delightful examples. A famous dish of the Thai ethnic minority people in several northwestern provinces, the dish features chicken that is marinated with mac...
  • H1 foreign arrivals plummet 56 pct
     
    With Vietnam’s borders remaining closed as a Covid-19 preventive measure, foreign visitor numbers in H1 dropped 55.8 percent year-on-year to 3.74 million. Vietnam received 2.72 million Asians in the first half of the year, down 58.4 percent from a year ago, according to the General Statistics...
  • Hue city Citadel reveals new gates
     
    The two historically undocumented gates at Hue Imperial Citadel in central Vietnam, which were discovered recently, could be an escape route for the Nguyen Dynasty, researchers say. The citadel, a UNESCO world heritage site in Hue Town of Thua Thien-Hue Province, was home to the Nguyen Dynasty...
  • Single handed dreamer conquers worlds largest cave
     
    Unable to grasp the rope, Vu Ngoc Quang wrapped it around his forearm while traversing Son Doong Cave, only noticing the pain back in Hanoi. On June 3, instead of heading to his university as usual, Quang, a 28-year-old lecturer, traveled by car with a tour crew from Hanoi to Quang Binh...
  • 800-year-old tower worships fairy in Vietnam
     
    The 12th century Nhan Tower in south-central Vietnam stands where legendary fairy Thien Y A Na taught locals farming and weaving. The Nhan Tower in Tuy Hoa Town of coastal Phu Yen Province is one of the few Cham towers still intact in Vietnam. The tower was built on the...
  • Irresponsible travel damage coral reefs in central Vietnam
     
    Shallow corals in Quang Ngai Provinces Ganh Yen Beach are suffering the impacts of irresponsible tourism, prompting greater protection of the marine ecosystem. During low tide between the third and seventh lunar months every year (late March - mid September on the Gregorian calendar this...
  • Lesser known Saigon church boasts imperial lineage
     
    The 99-year-old Hanh Thong Tay church in Saigon was built by Le Phat An, uncle of Vietnams last empress, Nam Phuong, as the final resting place for him and his wife. The land on which Hanh Thong Tay Church in Go Vap District was built in 1921 was bought by Denis Le Phat An. He also...

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