Monthly Archives: May 2014

Ancient tree in Son Tra recognised as heritage

The Vietnam Association for the Conservation of Nature and the Environment (VACNE) has recognised an ancient banyan tree on Son Tra Mountain as the first official Heritage Tree in the central city. The banyan tree, which started growing in the mountainous area 1,000 years ago, is 26m high and 10m in diameter. The tree shadows

Archipelagos enter Vietnam Book of Records

Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos have been confirmed as record holders in the sea and island category of the Vietnam Book of Records, with the 2014 additions to the book announced in Ho Chi Minh City in May 29. Illustrative image Hoang Sa and Truong Sa have been confirmed as the archipelagos

Substandard preservation efforts at Ho Dynasty Citadel

Even though the Ho Dynasty Citadel was recognised as a world cultural heritage site since 2011, several areas are still being cultivated by local farmers.   A view of the Ho Dynasty Citadel A recent report by the Ho Dynasty Citadel’s Heritage Preservation Centre showed that local authorities and the site managers are facing several

Treasured Hue communal house faces challenges

The 200-year-old Duong Pham communal house in Hue is in ruins despite its historical and architectural values. Under threat: Ho Dung, chairman of the Phu Nhuan Ward, talks about the dilemma of protecting the Duong Pham communal house. The 200-year-old Duong Pham communal house in Hue is in ruins despite its historical and architectural values.

Photo exhibit captures attitudes of the young towards the East Sea

A group of young people have compiled a collection of photographs showing a perspective of the East Sea through their eyes in order to draw attention to sovereignty issues. The photos were selected from a collection taken from well-known Vietnamese beaches in Khanh Hoa and Phu Yen provinces, such as Dai Lanh, Hon Nua, Nam

Australian motivational speaker Nick Vujicic inspired by Vietnamese handicapped

Australian motivational speaker Nick Vujicic inspired by Vietnamese handicapped

Australian motivational speaker Nick Vujicic told a Ho Chi Minh City audience that he’s been inspired by many handicapped Vietnamese. “I am personally inspired by every single story that we’ve heard so far, very heart touching,” he said at the “Shining Vietnamese Fortitude” Gala on Wednesday (May 21). The event, jointly-held by the Vietnam Youth

Festival honours Lang Co’s world beautiful bay

It features a variety of activities to entertain visitors, including sport games, camping, a culinary contest, a unique display of handicrafts, kite flying, photo exhibition, and folk games. Local authorities say the festival is a good opportunity to promote economic, cultural values, the beauty and ecological environment of Lang Co Bay. It also affirms the

19th century Vietnam through French photographer’s lens

Precious photos featuring life in Vietnam at the end of the 19th century by a French photographer are currently on display in Hanoi. The photo collection, themed “Ky uc ve Viet Nam 1895-1896” or Memories of Vietnam 1895-1896, by Armand Rousseau is on display at the National Library of Vietnam. The exhibition will last until

One-Pillar Pagoda repairs put on hold

The head monk of One-Pillar Pagoda has filed complaints that the repair process does not meet requirements.    Construction at One-Pillar Pagoda complex Time and weather have left their marks on Mot Cot, or the One-Pillar Pagoda, and its complex. The roof was already damaged, and due to a bad drainage system, the whole complex

Endless fields of flowers in Vietnam

Bauhinia flowers, flower fields, northwestern region, milky flowers

These forests or fields of flowers are the sites that many people want to visit. Bauhinia flowers are a famous icon of the Northwest region. In the second month of the lunar calendar, this scented flower species blooms on mountainsides in Son La and Dien Bien provinces, signaling the start of a new spring. Photo: