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Ma May ancient house: where Vietnamese home is kept

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Located in Hanoi’s Old Quarter area, Ma May Street is unique as it is home to many of the city’s oldest houses.

The house at No.87 Ma May Street (Hoan Kiem District) is one of 14 ancient houses in Hanoi built in the late 19th century that still retains its original features and becomes a familiar address for those who want to learn about the daily life of Hanoians in the old time.

Ma May ancient house: where Vietnamese home is kept
The 87 Ma May ancient house is a shouldn’t-be-missed site seeing for visitors to Hanoi. Photo courtesy by 87 Ma May Ancient House

A walk around the Old Quarter is a must for both tourists and local people to explore Hanoi.

Located in the area, Ma May Street is unique as it is home to many of the city’s oldest houses.

Visiting the street, you can see the culture and architecture of Hanoi in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, especially through the house at No.87 which has been kept intact.

Right after passing the old wooden door, you step into a quiet old space, being totally secluded from the bustling world outside. The house was built around the end of the 19th century. 

Ma May ancient house: where Vietnamese home is kept
The house features typical Vietnamese interior design. Photo courtesy by Ma May Ancient House

 
Built in a total area of 157.6 square meters, the house has changed its owners several times.

From 1954 to 1999, there were five different families living here. The house features the typical architecture of Hanoi’s houses in the old time with its tubular shape which is narrow but deep.

The house system of rooms, mezzanines, and courtyards were all well-designed to meet the living needs and for its dwellers’ convenience.

The courtyard is a special feature of the house, where receives natural light and was designed as a small garden with flower pots and small chairs for people to sit down, relax and enjoy the view and tea. As you move in into the house, it is more interesting to see the unique architectural traits of a typical old Northern house. 

Ma May ancient house: where Vietnamese home is kept
A courtyard is the highlight of the house. Photo courtesy by Ma May Ancient House

 
The house was divided into different spaces along its tubular shape including a store to sell goods, a warehouse, a kitchen, and a backyard with jars for storing rain water. Stepping up to the wooden stair, the second floor is where the sleeping and worshiping rooms are. All of them are illuminated with natural light from windows.

The house is also mainly built of wood so that it is cool in summer and warm in winter. The house restoration started in 1998 and completed in 1999 in the framework of the cooperation between Hanoi City and Toulouse City (France).

In 2004, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism recognized the house as a national heritage. The house No.87 Ma May has become an address to introduce typical tube house architecture and traditional lifestyle in Hanoi Old Quarter.

Ma May ancient house: where Vietnamese home is kept
The kitchen of the ancient house. Photo courtesy by 87 Ma May Ancient House

 
The success of the restoration of Ma May ancient was the premise for the  subsequent projects in the Old Quarter, notably Quan De Temple (28 Hang Buom street), Kim Ngan Communal House (42-44 Hang Bac street), Dong Lac communal house (38 Hang Dao street). 

Currently, the heritage house No.87 Ma May has become a well-known cultural place for both Hanoi people and tourists, which is open daily. They visit the house to not only learn about the architecture, lifestyle and activities of the old Hanoi people but also to enjoy unique cultural events here. 

Ma May ancient house: where Vietnamese home is kept
In 2004, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism recognized the house as a national heritage. Photo courtesy by Ma May Ancient House

 
On occasions such as the Mid-Autumn Festival, Lunar New Year Festival, among others, the Management Board of Hanoi Old Quarter usually cooperates with artists and craftsmen to introduce traditional art, habits, customs as well as to organize folk games and exhibition of toys and art works. In the evening, this place regularly features some shows of the ca tru folk singing performed by professional artists as well.

According to the Organizing Committee, these activities aim to preserve and promote traditional culture values and raise the community’s awareness of the nation’s rich cultural identity, especially among the young generation.

This is also a good opportunity to disseminate the culture and history of the city, attracting more domestic and international tourists.  Hanoitimes

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Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/travel/ma-may-ancient-house-where-vietnamese-home-is-kept-715757.html

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Hanoi sparkles with nocturnal serenity

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Hanoi sparkles with nocturnal serenity

Thanh Nien Street, located between West Lake and Truc Bach Lake, is brightly lit at dusk.

The street is renowned for its beauty, with the blackboard trees that line it providing ample shade and its ancient temples adding a sense of spiritual tranquility.

Hanoi sparkles with nocturnal serenity

Tran Quoc Pagoda is seen at 7 p.m.

Located on a small peninsula on the east side of West Lake, Tran Quoc Pagoda, at nearly 1,500 years, is known as the oldest pagoda in the capital.

Adding to the architectural beauty and historical significance of the pagoda is a Bodhi tree said to be the “offspring” of the original tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment in India.

Hanoi sparkles with nocturnal serenity

Long Bien Bridge, a symbolic Red River crossing, was designed and built by French firm Daydé-Pillié in September 1898. It opened to traffic in 1902, running more than 1,691 meters, with a rail track in the middle and road transportation on either side.

During the Vietnam War (1955-1975), the bridge had some of its parts damaged and even destroyed by enemy bombing. The Vietnamese government fixed the damage, building the spans still in use today.

Hanoi sparkles with nocturnal serenity

Octagon House, built in 1901, used to host the French army’s trumpet shows. The structure lies inside the Ly Thai To flower garden area, encompassing the streets of Dinh Tien Hoang, Le Lai, Le Thach and Ngo Quyen.

Hanoi sparkles with nocturnal serenity

Turtle Tower, an iconic symbol of Hanoi in the middle of Hoan Kiem (Sword) Lake, shines at night.

Hoan Kiem Lake, which spreads across 12 hectares (30 acres), is named for the legend of a golden turtle god showing up at the lake to take back a sword it had given King Le Loi in the 15th century to help fight Chinese invaders.

Hanoi sparkles with nocturnal serenity

Hanoi’s St. Joseph Cathedral is located at 40 Nha Chung Street. Built between 1884 and 1888, it has been a place of worship for Catholics in the capital for more than a century.

Hanoi sparkles with nocturnal serenity

The Chuong Duong Bridge interchange at night.

Connecting Hoan Kiem District and Long Bien District, Chuong Duong Bridge is 1,230 meters long with four two-way traffic lanes.

Built from 1983 to 1986, the bridge was the first in Vietnam designed and built without foreign technical assistance.

Hanoi sparkles with nocturnal serenity

Hanoi Museum, part of Vietnam National Convention Center, is located on Pham Hung Street in Nam Tu Liem District. The building was completed in 2010 with an inverted pyramid design.

Hanoi sparkles with nocturnal serenity

A view of Landmark 72 and other high-rise buildings amid the foggy cityscape.

Landmark 72 on Pham Hung Street is the country’s second highest building, after Landmark 81 in Ho Chi Minh City.

Hanoi sparkles with nocturnal serenity

Nhat Tan Bridge, also known as Vietnam – Japan Friendship Bridge, was inaugurated in January 2015. It runs a length of 8.9 kilometers (5.5 miles) across Red River and has five spans representing the capital’s five ancient gates.

Photos by Nghiem Dinh Chinh

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Golden Bridge in Da Nang tops the list of fresh wonders of the world

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The Golden Bridge in the central city of Da Nang has topped a list of the new wonders of the world by the UK’s Daily Mail newspaper.

Golden Bridge in Da Nang tops the list of fresh wonders of the world
The Golden Bridge in the central city of Da Nang has topped the list of fresh wonders of the world compiled by the UK’s Daily Mail newspaper. VNS Photo Le Viet Khanh

The list was based on a survey conducted by the Daily Mail among millennials, born from 1982 to 2000, and “created for the smartphone generation who have never had to wait for holiday photographs to be developed.”

The old wonders gained their status the hard way, surviving hundreds or even thousands of years, as sites of cultural, religious or artistic value, while the new wonders are designed to make an instant impact, according to the Daily Mail.

Topping the list announced by the Daily Mail, the Golden Bridge is an architectural work built by Sun Group at Sun World Ba Na Hills Da Nang and opened in 2018. It is designed as though a giant’s hands are supporting the 150m path for pedestrians, which overlooks the coastal city, wrote the newspaper.

The Daily Mail quoted Vu Viet Anh, the principal architect of the bridge, as saying that he wanted “to invoke the sensation of walking along a thread stretching through the hands of God.”

The newspaper also noted that in its short time since its opening, more than 20,000 posts have appeared on Instagram with the hashtag #goldenbridgevietnam.

The Golden Bridge has regularly been featured in a series of prestigious international outlets such as the Guardian, CNN and the New York Times due to its surreal beauty.

The Golden Bridge was ranked among the top 100 World’s Greatest Places in 2018 by Time magazine.

A year later, the Golden Bridge received the ‘Special Certificate for Excellent Works’ at the Property Guru Vietnam Property Awards 2019, held in HCM City.

The breathtaking bridge was honoured as the ‘World’s Top Iconic Tourist Bridge’ at the World Travel Awards 2020, dubbed the Oscars of world tourism.

Along with other impressive new wonders in the list like the Bosco Verticale (or ‘Vertical Forest’) in Milan, Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, The Dubai Frame tower, the ‘Jungle Swings’ on the island of Bali in Indonesia, Jellyfish Roundabout in the Faroe Islands, the soon-to-open Underwater Sculpture Park off Miami Beach, the Golden Bridge is a new tourism icon of the world, particularly attracting the young generation.

With the recognition of the Daily Mail and international youths, the Golden Bridge has once again demonstrated the irresistible attraction of an iconic tourism project of international stature, contributing to making Sun World Ba Na Hills and Da Nang become one of the must-visit destinations of the world.

By leading the new wonders list, the Golden Bridge continues to be a testament to the vision and boldness of Sun Group – the leading corporation in Vietnam in resort tourism and entertainment and also the owner of world-famous resort masterpieces such as InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay and other Sun World branded tourist complexes located throughout the nation. 

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Dam Trau Beach on Con Dao Islands among world’s 25 best

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Dam Trau Beach on Con Dao Islands among world's 25 best

Dam Trau Beach on Con Dao Islands in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province. Photo by Shutterstocks/Tran Thinh.


U.S. travel site Travel+Leisure listed Dam Trau on Con Dao Islands, an increasingly popular tourist destination in southern Vietnam, among the world’s 25 best beaches.

“With distinct golden sand, soft swells, and shady groves of bamboo and evergreen trees, it’s the kind of place to spend the day gently swinging in a hammock with a beach read and walking in the surf with a freshly hacked coconut,” the site wrote.

Dam Trau Beach is situated at the edge of Con Dao National Park and near Co Ong Airport, four kilometers from Con Dao Town’s center in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province. The ideal time to visit this beach is from March to September when there are no big waves on the beach, so it is calm and ideal for swimming.

Travel+Leisure stated due to its location close to the airport, “commercial flights fly thrillingly close,” giving swimmers a chance to watch planes take off and land.

An aircraft flies close to Dam Trau Beach. Photo by Shutterstock/Tran Chi Thinh.

An aircraft flies close to Dam Trau Beach. Photo by Shutterstock/Tran Chi Thinh.

Other beaches included in the U.S. travel site list were Clearwater Beach in the U.S., Saud Beach in the Philippines, Railay West in Thailand and Elafonissi Beach in Greece.

Located around 230 kilometers (143 miles) southeast of Ho Chi Minh City, the 16-island Con Dao Archipelago was once home to a brutal prison where French and Americans jailed and tortured many Vietnamese freedom fighters during the 19th and 20th centuries. Now, Con Dao is an emerging tourist destination in Vietnam.

Currently, Vietnam Air Services Company, commonly known as VASCO, a subsidiary of Vietnam Airlines, and FLC’s Bamboo Airways are the only two carriers operating regular flights to the island.

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