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Mui Ne dune shot wins world’s best fun photo contest

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A picture of children playing with old motorcycle tires has won an international photo competition about people having a good time. 

Children here are poor, they are not familiar with modern electronic devices like the children in the city. They work hard but theyre always happy, and their joy comes even with simple games, Tran Tuan Viet said about his photo taken at a dune in southern Binh Thuan Province, which is the winner of #Fun2020 photo competition organized by Agora, a platform for global photographers. Tran plans to donate the $1,000 prize money to support the Covid-19 fight in Vietnam. Photo by Agora/trantuanviet.

Speaking about his photo taken at a dune in Mui Ne Town of the central province of Binh Thuan, Tran Tuan Viet, the winner of the #Fun2020 photo competition organized by Agora, a platform for global photographers, says: “The children here are poor, they are not familiar with modern electronic devices like children in the city. They work hard but are always happy, and get joy even from simple games.”  He plans to donate the $1,000 prize money to support the Covid-19 fight in Vietnam. Photo by Agora/trantuanviet.

The list of 50 finalist featured several photos taken in Vietnam. This photo, Hello Vietnam, was taken by Andy Lam, saying the time you enjoy wasting and having fun is not wasted time. Photo by Agora/andylam.

The list of 50 finalists featured several photos taken in Vietnam. The above photo, “Hello Vietnam”, was taken by Andy Lam, who says the time you enjoy having fun is not wasted time.The global community of photographers in Agora were asked what fun means to them, and they shot the most cheerful photographs they could to remind people about happiness. Photo by Agora/andylam.

Dream football is the moment of children playing football on a harvested field in southern Tay Ninh Province. Photo by Agora/tuan1368.

“Dream Football” in which children play football on a harvested field in the southern Tay Ninh Province. Photo by Agora/tuan1368.

Shot of local children wearing traditional clothes in the Lunar New Year Break in northern Moc Chau Province is also in the top 50 finalists. Photo by Agora/nguyenvuphuoc.

This shot of children in traditional clothes during the Lunar New Year holidays in the northern Moc Chau Province was also among the 50 finalists. Photo by Agora/nguyenvuphuoc

Moment of children in southern Ninh Thuan province flying a kite is one of the best photo in the competition. Photo by Agora/phamhuytrung.

Children in the central province of Ninh Thuan fly a kite is what was one of the best photos entered in the contest. Photo by Agora/phamhuytrung.

Although hes more than 90 years old, hes still in great shape. I pictured him just before he went to get water in the nearby river, Tuan Ngoc said about his photo of a man in Buon Ma Thuat Town in the Central Highlands. Photo by Agora/tuanngocphoto.

Tuan Ngoc says about his photo of a man in Buon Ma Thuot Town in the Central Highlands: “Though he is more than 90 years old, he is still in great shape. I pictured him just before he went to get water from a nearby river.” Photo by Agora/tuanngocphoto.

The Central Highlands Gong Festival, which usually takes place at the end of November to promote the region’s Gong culture, a UNESCO-recognized heritage. Photo by Agora/phamchiconghp.

The Central Highlands’ Gong Festival, celebrated at the end of November every year to promote the region’s gong culture, a UNESCO-recognized heritage. Photo by Agora/phamchiconghp.

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Domestic destinations remain popular following peak summer season in Vietnam

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The domestic tourism market in Vietnam remains bustling following the peak summer season with autumn-winter tours to popular mountainous destinations in the northwest and northeast regions.

As many autumn-winter tours to foreign countries are not yet favorable following the COVID-19 pandemic, travelers in Vietnam have decided to visit the country’s northwest and northeast provinces to admire the beauty of nature.

Some of the popular choices include Mu Cang Chai District in Yen Bai Province, home to magnificent terraced rice fields, and Moc Chau District in Son La Province, famous for the beautiful buckwheat blossom.

The number of bookings for tours to mountainous localities in northern Vietnam has been increasing, according to local travel agents.

A representative of Vietravel said that more than 6,500 visitors have booked the company’s tours to such destinations.

At Saigontourist has also sold their tours to about 6,000 customers, meeting 60 percent of its target for this travel season.

To meet this demand, travel companies have focused on tailoring new products for the autumn-winter season, which include high-quality services and new experiences for visitors.

According to a representative of TST tourist, the firm’s clients often seek tours to South Korea, Japan, or the United States during this time of the year.

As overseas travel is not yet convenient in the current context, domestic tourism continues to be the choice of local travelers.

To seize this opportunity, travel agencies across the country should form close cooperation to introduce their services to a wider range of tourists, said Lai Minh Duy, general director of TST tourist.

Pham Ngoc Thuy, director of the Department of Tourism in northern Quang Ninh Province, stated that the province is focusing on preparing for the autumn-winter tourism after the peak summer season.

In addition to popular destinations such as Yen Tu and Ha Long Bay, the locality is promoting new places like Dong Trieu, known as the original homeland of the Tran Dynasty, Binh Lieu, Mong Cai, and Uong Bi, Thuy elaborated.

The autumn-winter travel season often runs from September to October.

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150-year-old French consulate edifice in Ho Chi Minh City opens to public on European Heritage Days

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The Consulate General of France in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday again opened its door to visitors for one day as part of the European Heritage Days.

The 150-year-old building welcomed visitors who were required to register in advance and divided into small groups for 30-minute tours from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm within the day.

The tours took visitors to the special architectural spaces inside the Consulate General, the artworks and furniture of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802–1945) displayed at the venue, and a 1.5-hectare park home to ages-old trees.

The visitors also had the chance to try specialties from France. 

A visitor takes a picture of an eight-piece folding screen displayed on the wall of the large living room of the Consulate General of France in Ho Chi Minh City on September 17, 2022. Photo: Huynh Vy / Tuoi Tre

A visitor takes a picture of an eight-piece folding screen displayed on the wall of the large living room at the Consulate General of France in Ho Chi Minh City on September 17, 2022. Photo: Huynh Vy / Tuoi Tre

According to French Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Emmanuelle Pavillon-Grosser, the European Heritage Days was initiated by the French Ministry of Culture in 1984 and has been celebrated around the world thanks to its success.

The annual event offers opportunities to visit buildings, monuments, and sites, many of which are not normally accessible to the public.

French Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Emmanuelle Pavillon-Grosser (second from left) introduces the statue of Marianne, the symbol of France, displayed at the Consulate General of France in Ho Chi Minh City on September 17, 2022. Photo: Huynh Vy / Tuoi Tre

French Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Emmanuelle Pavillon-Grosser (L, 2nd) introduces the statue of Marianne, the symbol of France, displayed at the Consulate General of France in Ho Chi Minh City on September 17, 2022. Photo: Huynh Vy / Tuoi Tre

French Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Emmanuelle Pavillon-Grosser sits at the French-styled banquet table in the large dining room at the Consulate General of France in Ho Chi Minh City on September 17, 2022. Photo: Huynh Vy / Tuoi Tre

French Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Emmanuelle Pavillon-Grosser sits at the French-style banquet table in the large dining room at the Consulate General of France in Ho Chi Minh City on September 17, 2022. Photo: Huynh Vy / Tuoi Tre

Visiting the French consulate for the first time on Saturday, art researcher Ngo Kim Khoi said having the building open to visitors is a good way to educate about heritage and culture, as it is not easy for the public to have the opportunity to set foot in the 150-year-old edifice.

Art researcher Ngo Kim Khoi admires an artwork by renowned Vietnamese artist Nguyen Gia Tri during his visit to the Consulate General of France in Ho Chi Minh City on September 17, 2022. Photo: Huynh Vy / Tuoi Tre

Art researcher Ngo Kim Khoi admires an artwork by renowned Vietnamese artist Nguyen Gia Tri during his visit to the Consulate General of France in Ho Chi Minh City on September 17, 2022. Photo: Huynh Vy / Tuoi Tre

In 2008, the Consulate General of France in Ho Chi Minh City welcomed more than 1,300 visitors on the occasion and a bigger number the next year. 

Visitors take pictures at the corridor while visiting the Consulate General of France in Ho Chi Minh City on September 17, 2022. Photo: Huynh Vy / Tuoi Tre

Visitors take pictures at the corridor while visiting the Consulate General of France in Ho Chi Minh City on September 17, 2022. Photo: Huynh Vy / Tuoi Tre

The small living room with original cement floor tiles from 1872 in the Consulate General of France in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Huynh Vy / Tuoi Tre

The small living room with original cement floor tiles from 1872 at the Consulate General of France in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Huynh Vy / Tuoi Tre

A green space inside the Consulate General of France in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Huynh Vy / Tuoi Tre

A green space inside the Consulate General of France in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Huynh Vy / Tuoi Tre

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1,000-metric-ton main hall of pagoda in central Vietnam relocated

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Relocation guru Nguyen Van Cu, dubbed ‘a lamp genie’, and his 12-member team are relocating the main hall of Dieu De Pagoda in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue 18 meters backwards.

The job is aimed at preserving the ‘Long van khe hoi’, also known as ‘Cuu long an van’ (Nine dragons hidden in clouds) picture.

In the picture, five dragons hidden in clouds were painted on the ceiling of the main hall and four others on four pillars reaching up to the ceiling.

The relocation process includes many stages. Firstly, workers dug deeply into the foundation of the Dai Hung hall and constructed a plinth beam.

They later used a hydraulic cylinder system to lift the entire structure of the main hall by some 20 centimeters.

A hydraulic winch which is used to pull the main hall. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre
A hydraulic winch which is used to pull the main hall. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

The hall was put on wooden bars, which are placed on rollers.

Some other wooden bars are kept fixed on the ground by nails.

In addition, two large pulling machines and four hydraulic winches are connected to the main hall by large cables.

The system helps pull the main hall backwards.

According to Cu, director of Nguyen Van Cu subsidence and leaning handling company in Ho Chi Minh City, the main hall, weighing some 1,000 metric tons, is pulled by some four meters per day.

“The most difficult job is to preserve the ‘Long van khe hoi’ picture, also the ceiling of the main hall, and three Buddha altars during the relocation.

“We have weighed carefully and arrived at the safest relocation solution,” Cu noted.

Wooden bars are put under the main hall. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre
Wooden bars are put under the main hall. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Venerable Thich Hai Duc from Dieu De Pagoda said the pagoda invited Nguyen Van Cu to relocate the main hall of the pagoda after the authorities of Thua Thien-Hue Province asked Cu to survey and come up with a plan to relocate a French-style mansion at 26 Le Loi Street in Hue City.

In 2018, due to the serious deterioration of the Dai Hung main hall of Dieu De Pagoda, many agencies considered lowering the ceiling of the hall and sending it to the pagoda’s museum for preservation.

However, after fielding opinions, the pagoda decided to abandon this plan.

The ‘Long van khe hoi’ picture is more than 10 meters long and nearly 11 meters wide.

A hydraulic cylinder system is used to elevate the hall. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre
A hydraulic cylinder system is used to elevate the hall. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

The Vietnam Guinness Book of Records in March 2008 recognized the picture as the most ancient and biggest ceiling mural in Vietnam.

The picture is believed to be drawn by artist Phan Van Tanh in 1953.

However, no document proves the information, according to experts.

Tanh is also the painter of the ‘Long van khe hoi’ picture on the ceiling of the Tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh in Thua Thien-Hue Province.

Relocation guru Nguyen Van Cu directs the relocation. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre
Relocation guru Nguyen Van Cu directs the relocation. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre
Workers put rollers between every two wooden bars to relocate the main hall. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre
Workers put rollers between every two wooden bars to relocate the main hall. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

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