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New community-based tourist site opens on Hô Islet in Mekong Delta



The second Culture, Tourism and Southern Cuisine Week opened on Sunday (October 25) in Trà Vinh Province. – Photo

 HCM CITY — A new community-based tourist site on Cồn Hô (Hô Islet) in the Mekong Delta province of Trà Vinh has opened as part of an effort to diversify tourism products in the province.

The 22-hectare islet in Càng Long District’s Đức Mỹ Commune on the Cổ Chiên River is ecologically diverse and has many fruit gardens, offering favourable conditions for eco-tourism and exploration of natural landscapes.

Dương Hoàng Sum, director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said the islet is home to 24 households with 49 residents who will work together to develop the site and plant flowers and fruits.

Trà Vinh has natural diversity ranging from the delta, orchard gardens, and islets on the Tiền and Hậu rivers to the sea.

It is home to more than 310,000 ethnic Khmer people, accounting for nearly 32 per cent of population in the province.

Ok Om Bok, Sene Dolta and Chol Chnam Thmay festivals are the annual major traditional festivals of the Khmer, with huge potential for development of cultural and spiritual tourism and community-based eco-tourism, Sum said.

An underdeveloped tourism infrastructure and limited tourism marketing and promotion have resulted in sluggish tourism development, he said.

The province will promote new tourism products and build tourist destinations in each district.

Two festivals 

The province released a tourism brand identity at the second Culture, Tourism and Southern Cuisine Week festival that opened on Sunday. 

The cultural, tourism and cuisine festival is being held concurrently with the Ok Om Bok Festival, also called the Festival of Worshipping the Moon.

The one-week events aim to preserve traditional cultural identities and promote tourism.

A variety of activities are being held, including a tourism and trade fair with more than 370 booths, a Mekong Delta tourism exhibition, a Khmer traditional costume competition, an exhibition of typical Khmer products, folk games, and the Khmer long boat race.

The festivals will run until the end of this month.

The number of tourist arrivals to the province this year has dropped by 20 per cent compared to the same period last year due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. — VNS

Visitors at a trade fair, one of events at the second Culture, Tourism and Southern Cuisine Week festival. VNA/VNS Photo



Chăm dance at Ponagar Temple towers lures visitors



The culture and sports sector in the south-central coastal province of Khanh Hoa has hosted Cham dances at the relic complex of Ponagar temple towers in Nha Trang in recent years, to attract more visitors to the beach city.

The troupe of artists who perform Cham dances are from the Cham ethnic minority group in Mỹ Nghiệp craft village in Phước Dân town, Ninh Phước district, Ninh Thuan province, which borders Khanh Hoa to the south.

Ponagar temple towers were built following the unique architecture of the Cham ethnic minority people and have existed for more than 1,200 years.

The relic site attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year.

Through the dances, visitors can understand part of the unique culture of the Cham ethnic minority people. 

Ponagar is currently the only place in Khanh Hoa province to host Cham dances every day. The activity is among attractions for tourists. 

According to the relic sites preservation centre, after COVID-19, Ponagar has drawn 1,500-2,000 visitors each day./.


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Exploring two national treasures at Hung Yen Pagoda



The Red River Delta province of Hung Yen is currently home to five national treasures, two of which are kept at Huong Lang Pagoda – an ancient Buddhist temple in Minh Hai commune, Van Lam district.

Exploring two national treasures at Hung Yen Pagoda hinh anh 1Stone lion statue (Photo: baohungyen)

Hung Yen – The Red River Delta province of Hung Yen
is currently home to five national treasures, two of which are kept at Huong
Lang Pagoda – an ancient Buddhist temple in Minh Hai commune, Van Lam district.

Huong Lang
Pagoda, also called Lang Pagoda, is one of the oldest of its kind in Vietnam.
Dating back to the Ly Dynasty (1009 – 1225), it was built under the order of
Queen Mother Y Lan in the 11th century.

Aside from worshipping Buddha, it is also dedicated to
the queen mother, who made great contributions to national governance and the
development of Buddhism during the Ly Dynasty.

The pagoda was destroyed during the resistance war against the
French, but restoration started in 1955. It was listed as a national
architectural – artistic relic site by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and
Tourism in 1974.

Huong Lang Pagoda is one of the few Buddhist temples with
architectural and sculptural imprints of the Ly era in Vietnam, according to
the ministry’s Department of Cultural Heritage.

The unique objects from the Ly era stand out. Among them, two
are national treasures, namely a stone lion statue and a stone staircase dating
back to the late 11th – early 12th century.

The stone lion statue, made from bluestone and sandstone,
measures 280cm in length, 350cm in width, and 175cm in height. It comprises a
base, a body, and an upper part which is a lotus-shaped base supporting a
statue of Buddha.

The statue was made from many stone slabs assembled so tightly
that it looks like a single block. It is fully covered with sophisticatedly
carved patterns, giving the statue an elegant aura – a typical feature of the
art of sculpture in the Ly Dynasty.

Exploring two national treasures at Hung Yen Pagoda hinh anh 2Stone staircase (Photo: baohungyen)

The stone staircase system is also a priceless sculptural work.
Its six half walls, decorated with sophisticated patterns, divide the staircase
into five paths to the main Buddhist temple.

Though the staircase system was partly damaged, its
sophistication is proof of Huong Lang Pagoda’s size at the time it was built.

Experts said the stone lion statue and the stone staircase
reflect Ly-era arts, which are imposing but elegant and deeply imbued with the
wisdom of people and religious values at that time.

characteristic is an important basis for differentiating the arts of the Ly
Dynasty with those of following dynasties.

In addition, Huong Lang Pagoda is also home to many other
stone architectural works serving as important materials for researchers to study the arts
of architecture and sculpture a thousand years ago.

Thanks to its
special cultural, architectural, and historical values, the pagoda is now an
attractive destination for visitors from far and wide.

Apart from the
two national treasures at Huong Lang Pagoda, two other treasures of Hung Yen are being
preserved at local pagodas and one at the State Treasury branch in the

Hung Yen is
home to a large number of relic sites appreciated in terms of history,
architecture and fine arts.

The province boasts more than 1,802 relic sites and over 400
traditional festivals.

It is also the hometown of many national
heroes and men of culture, such as King Trieu Viet Vuong, who reigned from 548
– 571; Pham Ngu Lao, a general in the Tran Dynasty in the 14th century; Hoang
Hoa Tham, who led the Yen The Uprising against the French colonial forces between
1884 – 1913; and late General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen
Van Linh, who initiated the country’s Doi moi (Renewal) period./.


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Breathtaking Nha Trang seas



Nha Trang beach city in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa is home to many historical and cultural sites from the ancient Champa civilisation between the 4th and 13th centuries AD. Together with Ha Long Bay, it has been named among the most beautiful beaches in the world.


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