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HCM City museums seek to digitize, widen reach

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Digitisation helps the museum reach a wider audience, promotes cultural heritage values and increases interaction between the museum and the public. VNA/ Photo

HCM CITY — Most museums in HCM City are in the process of restoring, upgrading and rearranging their display systems after long closures imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The news that the War Remnants Museum, Southern Women’s Museum, History Museum, Áo Dài Museum and HCM City Museum were ready to welcome international tourists was widely welcomed last month. 

The War Remnants Museum in District 3 has been one of the most popular draws in the city for international. 

In 2019, the museum welcomed about 3000 people a day, more than 70 per cent of them international tourists. Now, despite the pandemic situation having eased, the number of visitors has dropped to as low as 100 a day. 

Nguyễn Trần Tâm Hà, deputy director of the War Remnants Museum, said that to welcome international visitors back, they were focusing on upgrading its thematic galleries. 

The museum is also collaborating with the United States on the topic of post-war remedial action that future visitors can learn about.

The Southern Women’s Museum in District 3 has also renovated its infrastructure to create a more modern space. Its exhibition areas are being rearranged with more attractive content and themes.

Museum director Nguyễn Thị Thắm said that they now meet the criteria for epidemic prevention to welcome international guests. The museum also plans to organise more cultural activities to enrich visitors’ experiences.

“In the near future, the museum will coordinate with travel agencies and restaurants to organise culinary events that will allow visitors to enjoy special southern dishes. We also want to open the Áo Dài show every weekend.” 

Digitising data

Besides enlarging its physical collection, the HCM City Museum of History is digitising data on existing artefacts and deploying AI and virtual 3D technology for future development. 

Visitors to the HCM Museum of History can now read in depth information about any artefact by using touchscreens or scanning a QR code on their mobile phones.

Deputy director Nguyễn Khắc Xuân Thi said they were trying to become a “smart museum”, following the general worldwide trend. They were also working to introduce more cultural heritage education programmes and student tours. 

Several performances featuring water puppetry and bội singing have been scheduled for the near future. Further information about these will be posted on the museum’s social media channels such as YouTube and Facebook, Thi said. 

Many experts believe that digital transformation is a new step museums should take to become more and more attractive, especially to young people.

Thắm, director of the Southern Women’s Museum, said that digitisation will help visitors interact with artefacts at a deeper level.

Furthermore, when emergencies like pandemics occur, it is essential that museums organise online exhibitions, he said.

Digitisation not only helps the museum reach a wider audience and promote cultural heritage values, it also increases interaction between the museum and the public, he added. — 

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Ho Chi Minh City zoo uses elephant dung to make paper

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The Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Ho Chi Minh City recently collaborated with a group of Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (HUTECH) students in transforming elephant dung into paper.

After eight months of research, the first elephant dung papers were produced. 

Even though some of them cannot be used, the crew has been continuously developing chemical-free procedures to make paper from elephant excrement in order to raise awareness of wildlife protection.

Zookeepers at Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens collect elephant dung at the animal’s enclosure. Photo: Ngoc Phuong – Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Zookeepers at Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens collect elephant dung at the animal’s enclosure. Photo: Ngoc Phuong – Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Elephants consume primarily grass and vegetables, therefore their feces are clumpy and high in fiber. In the past, their excrement was either discarded or used as fertilizer.

According to Dang Kieu Anh, a HUTECH major in animal husbandry, the group recycles excrement into paper every weekend.

“The first step in turning elephant dung into paper is washing the waste to remove impurities, leaving only the fiber for recycling,” Anh said.

Mai Khac Trung Truc, director of the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden, washes the elephant dung. Photo: Ngoc Phuong – Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Mai Khac Trung Truc, director of the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens, washes the elephant dung. Photo: Ngoc Phuong – Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

“Following this, the fiber will be boiled to eliminate bacteria and odor.

“The boiled fiber will then be sun-dried and blended. 

“The blended fiber will be mixed with water, paper pulp, and tapioca starch.

“The final products will be obtained by pouring the mixture into a mold and exposing it to the sun for drying.”

The blended elephant dung is being mixed with paper pulp and tapioca starch. Photo: Ngoc Phuong – Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

The blended elephant dung is being mixed with paper pulp and tapioca starch. Photo: Ngoc Phuong – Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Mai Khac Trung Truc, director of the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens, stated that some countries have already succeeded in producing paper from elephant dung, which is an excellent idea considering the declining forest area and the decreasing number of elephants in the wild and in captivity.

“With the aim to recycle elephant dung, the product may inspire everyone to work together to protect the environment and elephants,” Truc said.

“Every 100 grams of mixed elephant dung may typically be recycled into seven to eight sheets of paper with the same thickness.

“To make the paper more usable, we are now studying methods to enhance its quality. 

“We have no plans to sell the sheets to the public.

“We will supply paper for children’s educational materials.”

A student pours the mixture of elephant dung into a tray. Photo: Ngoc Phuong – Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

A student pours the mixture of elephant dung into a tray. Photo: Ngoc Phuong – Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Students filter the mixture through a mold, leaving paper paste residue. Photo: Ngoc Phuong – Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Students filter the mixture through a mold, leaving paper paste residues. Photo: Ngoc Phuong – Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

The finished products of elephant dung paper. Photo: Ngoc Phuong – Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

The finished products of elephant dung paper. Photo: Ngoc Phuong – Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

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Vocational school students present recycled items at environmental protection event in Da Nang

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Hundreds of unique recycled products created by vocational school students were presented at an environmental protection event in Da Nang City, central Vietnam on Saturday.

Taking place at the Da Nang Vocational Training College, the event was organized for the first time by the Directorate of Vocational Education and Training under the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs.

Its goal was to promote a green lifestyle and students’ roles in environmental protection, contribute to the establishment of green schools, and limit plastic waste at vocational education institutions.

Students introduce handicrafts made from recyclable material at the event. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre

Students introduce handicrafts made from recyclable materials at an environmental protection event in Da Nang City, central Vietnam, July 2, 2022. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre

The event was joined by nearly 2,000 students of vocational schools in Da Nang and nearby provinces.

The participants presented a variety of recycled products, namely handbags sewn from used tarpaulin, ornaments made from plastic cups and spoons, and tables and chairs made from discarded tires.

Products made from recyclable material are presented at the event in Da Nang City, July 2, 2022. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre

Products made from recyclable materials are displayed at an environmental protection event in Da Nang City, central Vietnam, July 2, 2022. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre

Using recycled items is no longer a trend, Kieu Loan, 19, stated, adding that it has become a habit of many young people, showing their love for and awareness of the environment.

“This event puts forward a lot of good ideas for recycling discarded items in our daily life,” said Minh Toai, 24.

It also featured a photo exhibition and a game with about 100 players, centered around environmental protection, climate change, and plastic waste.

A student holds a bag made from used tarpaulin at the event in Da Nang City, July 2, 2022. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre

A student holds a bag made from used tarpaulin at an environmental protection event in Da Nang City, central Vietnam, July 2, 2022. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre

A wall clock made from plastic spoons is presented at the event. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre

A wall clock made from plastic spoons is presented at an environmental protection event in Da Nang City, central Vietnam, July 2, 2022. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre

Le Tan Dung (R), Deputy Minister of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs, attends at event in Da Nang City, July 2, 2022. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre

Le Tan Dung (R), Deputy Minister of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs, attends an environmental protection event in Da Nang City, central Vietnam, July 2, 2022. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre

A photo gallery on environmental protection at the event in Da Nang City, July 2, 2022. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre

A photo gallery on environmental protection at an environmental protection event in Da Nang City, central Vietnam, July 2, 2022. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre

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Hue Citadel attracts thousands of visitors to enjoy Hue Festival 2022

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Thousands of tourists flocked to the Hue Citadel in Thua Thien-Hue Province on Wednesday night, the first night of free admission to the Hue Festival 2022, to take part in major art activities.

Within the framework of 2022 Hue Festival, the Hue Monuments Conservation Center is offering free entrance to the Imperial City within the Hue Citadel in the city’s namesake till Thursday.

Visitors gather at the Imperial City to enjoy a performance within the framework of the 2022 Hue Festival in Thua Thien- Hue Province, Vietnam, June 29, 2022. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Visitors gather at the Imperial City to enjoy a performance within the framework of the 2022 Hue Festival in Thua Thien- Hue Province, Vietnam, June 29, 2022. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

On Wednesday, one of the key programs of Hue Festival 2022, an art performance was staged in front of the yard of Thai Hoa Palace.

In the space of the historic Nguyen Dynasty Royal Palace, this art program has combined tradition and modernity.

Hue Citadel was adorned with more multicolored lights to welcome travelers at night, creating a sparkling scene.

Actors wearing traditional costumes perform on the stage at the Imperial City within the framework of the 2022 Hue Festival in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, June 29, 2022. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Actors wearing costumes perform on the stage at the Imperial City within the framework of the 2022 Hue Festival in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, June 29, 2022. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Tuan Anh, a tourist from the capital city of Hanoi, stated that he was truly astonished by the Imperial City’s breathtaking beauty.

“It’s fantastic to be photographed in the royal palace’s nighttime backdrop with such sparkling illumination,” Anh said.

“After this event, hopefully Hue will keep the citadel open at night so that travelers from all over the country can visit.

Actors wearing traditional costumes perform on the stage at the Imperial City within the framework of the 2022 Hue Festival in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, June 29, 2022. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Actors wearing traditional costumes perform on the stage at the Imperial City within the framework of the 2022 Hue Festival in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, June 29, 2022. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Visitors tour an exhibition of the Nguyen Dynasty’s royal seal at the Imperial City within the framework of the 2022 Hue Festival in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, June 29, 2022. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Visitors tour an exhibition of the Nguyen Dynasty’s royal seal at the Imperial City within the framework of the 2022 Hue Festival in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, June 29, 2022. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Visitors crowd the Imperial City within the framework of the 2022 Hue Festival in Thua Thien- Hue Province, Vietnam, June 29, 2022. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Visitors crowd the Imperial City within the framework of the 2022 Hue Festival in Thua Thien- Hue Province, Vietnam, June 29, 2022. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

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