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They may look simple, but when you bite into a Vietnamese cheese stick snack and the mozzarella oozes out, you’ll be hooked for sure on these cheesy treat. —

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ASEAN foreign ministers discuss Myanmar crisis

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Foreign ministers of the ten ASEAN member states convened an informal meeting via videoconference on March 2 to discuss the political crisis in Myanmar.

ASEAN foreign ministers discuss Myanmar crisis
In Mandalay, Myanmar. (Photo: VNA)

Foreign ministers of the ten ASEAN member states convened an informal meeting via videoconference on March 2 to discuss the political crisis in Myanmar.

The Japanese news agency Kyodo quoted a senior official from an ASEAN member country as saying that all 10 foreign ministers are attending, including Myanmar’s military-appointed Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin.

Brunei, which holds the rotating chairmanship of ASEAN this year, organised the meeting under the auspices of Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and Malaysian Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein.

Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said on March 1 that despite ASEAN’s core principle of consensus and non-interference, ASEAN can still play a constructive role in hopefully facilitating a return to normalcy and stability in Myanmar.

During an informal meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on February 26, Vietnam’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, called on parties in Myanmar to exercise self-restraint, avoid escalating tensions, and conduct dialogue towards reaching a satisfactory solution in line with the Constitution and law as well as public aspirations.

In his opinion, the international community needs to create favourable conditions for the transition to democracy in Myanmar and respect the principles of independence, national sovereignty, and non-interference in countries’ internal affairs while ensuring safe and humanitarian access to key services for Myanmar’s people, especially vulnerable groups.

He stressed that Vietnam wants Myanmar to return to stability soon, for the sake of its development as well as for peace, stability, and cooperation in the region and for ASEAN Community building.  VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/vietnam-world/asean-foreign-ministers-discuss-myanmar-crisis-716886.html

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Hang pagoda: one of the oldest pagodas in Hải Phòng

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The Hang (Cave) Pagoda, also known as Cốc Tử Pagoda, leaning on a mountain and overlooking the beach in northern Hải Phòng City is a spiritually and historically significant place of worship. VNA/ Photo

HCM CITY – The Hang (Cave) Pagoda, also known as Cốc Tử Pagoda, leaning on a mountain and overlooking the beach in northern Hải Phòng City is a spiritually and historically significant place of worship.

As its name indicates, the pagoda has its main altar and idol enshrined inside a cave. In the front stands a Bodhisattva statue and there’s an ancestral house on the right. The pagoda is decorated with carvings and statues of dragons and phoenixes.

The cave, 3.5 metres tall and seven metre wide, has two ground levels. The outer level has an area of 23 square metres and the inner one, 25 square metres.

Local legend has it that a Buddhist monk came here in the second century BC.

Buddha and Bodhisattva statues in the Tam Bảo Hall on the second floor of the three-story pagoda. –

 

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Most beautiful Khmer pagodas in Sóc Trăng

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Mahatup, Sa Lon and Day Om Pu pagodas are among the most beautiful in Sóc Trăng Province. VNA/ Photo

HCM CITY – The Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta Province of Sóc Trăng has hundreds of Khmer pagodas, but the Mahatup, Sa Lon and Day Om Pu pagodas are considered the most beautiful.

Sóc Trăng, located at the end of Hau River, a tributary of the Mekong River, boasts a convergence of Chinese, Kinh, Khmer and Cham cultural heritage.

Visitors to Mahatup, also known as Dơi (Bat) Pagoda, can enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the surroundings and discover motifs of Khmer architecture.

The pagoda is adorned with common Khmer architectural motifs such as the naga, a snake deity, and pointed towers on the roof.

Sa Lon, located only 12 km away from Sóc Trăng Town’s center, was originally a simple structure made of wood and leaves in the 19th century. It was reconstructed in 1969.

Day Om Pu Pagoda in a rural district of Sóc Trăng was established in 1951 and opened in 1957.

The typical golden spires usually seen in ornate temples in Southeast Asian countries like Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Myanmar can be found at Day Om Pu. –

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/life-style/892088/most-beautiful-khmer-pagodas-in-soc-trang.html

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