Monthly Archives: October 2014

Hanoi over a century ago

Although Hanoi has kept much of its charm over the years, in the early 20th century, the city had a very different atmosphere; a more peaceful place where the traffic was mostly pedestrians, tramcars and pulled rickshaws. The Hanoi of 100 years ago, with streets were lined with two and three-storey buildings, draws quite a

Antiques and precious paintings on display

The collection features more than 300 exhibits made from various materials, of which many are to be presented to the public for the first time, covering national development processes from the ancient to modern era, including typical artifacts from each historical period Items on display include precious artifacts, including incense burners in crown-shape and lamps

Antique coins discovered in Ha Tinh

A local family in the central province of Ha Tinh has discovered 22kg of ancient bronze coins in their garden, said Le Ba Hanh, Deputy Director of the provincial Museum.    22kg of ancient bronze coins discovered in Sinh’s garden. Initial examination showed that the coins were from both Vietnam and China . The Vietnamese

Hanoi sets off fireworks to celebrate Liberation Day

The capital Hanoi will let off fireworks at 9pm on October 10 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its Liberation Day.  The fireworks display is planned for 30 venues across the city, including five high-range shows at Hoan Kiem Lake, Thong Nhat Park, West Lake, Van Quan Lake and My Dinh National Stadium.  Local businesses

Thousands sign petition to save Saigon Tax Centre

Thousands of HCM City residents have signed a petition to partially preserve the Saigon Tax Trade Centre. According to schedule, the Saigon Tax Centre, an iconic HCM City landmark, will be destroyed to facilitate the construction of facilities for the first metro system. However, a number of local and foreign people have asked that the

Mother-of-pear inlay portrait of Uncle Ho set Vietnamese record

The picture, measuring 1.93 metres long and 1.28 metres, was made by artist Nguyen Dinh Vinh from Tien Du district, Bac Ninh province, who is famous for pearl inlay. Vinh came up with the idea of making a mother-of-pear inlay picture of Uncle Ho 20 years ago, originating from his love and respect from the

Bung Binh Thien Freshwater Lake

A peaceful corner at Bung Binh Thien freshwater lake

In August each year, Mekong river flows from Cambodia to Vietnam, that makes floods at the fountainhead of Tien river and Hau river. Bung Binh Thien is one of the largest freshwater lake in the South West. It is located near the Vietnam-Cambodia border and connected with the Binh Di River in An Phu District, An Giang province. Travellers can

Colonial era house to get a face lift

The daily life of an average middle class family in colonial Vietnam will be put the focus of an exhibit at a house located at 87 Ma May Street on the occasion of the 60th Liberation day. The house was built around 1890 in an architectural style typical of that time. The two-storey house has

Pre-1954 Hanoi fashion

A few old pictures demonstrate how women in ao dais for women and men in suits appeared in Hanoi streets as Vietnam’s unique sense of style took shape, blending new western fashion with the traditional ways of dressing. Three girls by a piano Women from the middle and upper-classes often wore ao dais even just

HCM City ranked the among world’s 18 best food cities

The travel website Thrillist has recently published an article ranking the 18 best food cities in the world, which includes HCM City.   A banh mi street stall in HCM City  According to the authors, Kevin Alexander and Liz Childers, a good choice for visitors to HCM City looking for a good breakfast banh mi