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Quang Ninh: Cua Ong Temple Festival to return in larger scale this month

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The Cua Ong Temple Festival, which was recognised as national special intangible cultural heritage in 2016, is set to take place in Cam Pha city, the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh, on August 27-30 or the four day of the 8th lunar month.

Quang Ninh: Cua Ong Temple Festival to return in larger scale this month hinh anh 1At an edition of the festival (Photo: qtv.vn)

Quang Ninh The Cua Ong Temple Festival,
which was recognised as national special intangible cultural heritage in 2016, is
set to take place in Cam Pha city, the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh,
on August 27-30 or the four day of the 8th lunar month.

Cua Ong Temple, the venue of the event, is dedicated to Tran
Quoc Tang (1252 – 1313), a hero in the resistance wars against the Mongol
invaders and guarding the country’s northeastern region under the Tran Dynasty
(1225 – 1400). He was the third son of General Tran Quoc Tuan, who led Dai Viet
(the name of Vietnam at that time) to two of the three victories against the
Mongol invaders, in 1285 and 1288.

The festival is held to commemorate Tran Quoc Tang’s
contributions to defeating enemies and brought peace to the region.

This year, the festival will be organised on a large scale, covering
an opening and closing ceremonies, rituals, a palanquin procession and a folk
games festival.

It will also treat visitors to a concert performed by local
artists and the Vietnam National Academy of Music.

So far, all related preparation works have been completed. The festival is expected to welcome approximately 3,000 attendees from across the nation.

Cua Ong Temple is located on a hill that is about 100 metres
high in Cua Ong ward of Cam Pha city, the northeastern province of Quang Ninh.
It is around 40km to the northeast of downtown Ha Long, another city of Quang
Ninh. 

The spiritual place, formally called Cua Suot Temple, is one
of the famous vestiges of the Tran dynasty in the northeast region. It has
three areas: Lower Temple, Middle Temple and Upper Temple, facing the majestic
Bai Tu Long Bay which is close to the World Heritage Ha Long Bay.

Quang Ninh: Cua Ong Temple Festival to return in larger scale this month hinh anh 2Illustrative photo (Source: baoquangninh.com.vn)

Cua Ong Temple was just a small shrine when it was first
built over 700 years ago. It has been restored and expanded for many times in
history. Apart from Tran Quoc Tang, the complex also worships his father Tran
Quoc Tuan, also known as Tran Hung Dao, along with many other contributors to
the triumphs over the Mongol invaders in the 13th century like Pham Ngu Lao, Da
Tuong, Yet Kieu, Nguyen Khoai, Huyen Du, Cao Mang, Do Hanh, and Tran Quoc Toan.
The gods’ stories, royal appointment documents, as well as statues dating back
to the 19th century kept at Cua Ong Temple are valuable historical records that
tell later generations about the national construction and safeguarding process
of the Tran Dynasty.

One of the temples in this complex is dedicated to the
Mother Goddesses. The practices related to the Vietnamese people’s beliefs in
the Mother Goddesses of Three Realms (heaven, water, and mountains and
forests), which have been passed down from generation to generation, were
inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of
Humanity by UNESCO in 2016. The worship of the Mother Goddesses also
contributes to the appreciation of women and their roles in society.

At present, Cua Ong Temple is one of the most famous
destinations of spiritual tourism in Quang Ninh province and also among the most
beautiful temples in Vietnam, attracting tens of thousands of tourists every
year. In addition, its festival, held in every even year, is the biggest of its
kind in Cam Pha, attracting crowds of visitors from far and wide.

In recent years, efforts have been made to conserve and
promote the value of the temple complex. Notably, a project by Cam Pha city starting
in 2017 has expanded the site by 180,000 sq.m. Its cost neared 800 billion VND (34.16
million USD)./. 

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/quang-ninh-cua-ong-temple-festival-to-return-in-larger-scale-this-month/236247.vnp

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2.95 million international tourists have visited Việt Nam so far this year

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International visitors enjoy kite skateboarding in Mũi Né in the south-central province of Bình Thuận. — VNA/VNS Photo

HÀ NỘI — Nearly 597,000 foreigners visited Việt Nam in November, an increase of 23.2 per cent month-on-month and 39.7 times the number of last November.

Việt Nam’s tourism reopening began in earnest with the resumption of international flights in the middle of March this year.

According to the General Statistics Office (GSO), in the first 11 months of this year, more than 2.95 million international visitors arrived in Việt Nam

The total figure is 21.1 times higher than that of the same period last year, but down 81.9 per cent on 2019, before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and still falls short of the 2022 target of five million foreign arrivals.

The number of international tourists travelling to Việt Nam by air accounts for 88.9 per cent; 11.1 per cent came by road, and 0.03 per cent by sea.

Foreign tourists visiting downtown HCM City on xích lô (cyclos). VNA/VNS Photo Hồng Đạt

The majority of tourists, 2.076 million, came from other Asian countries, up 17.5 times compared to the first 11 months of last year. European visitors numbered 415,600 (up 29.8 times); 323,400 came from the Americas (up 67.1 times); 129,700 from Oceania (up 115.7 times), and 9,500 from Africa (up 7.4 times).

The country is estimated to have taken VNĐ536.3 trillion (US$21.6 billion) from accommodation and catering services, up 56.5 per cent year-on-year, while revenue in the travel and tourism industry was estimated at VNĐ22.9 trillion, a 4.1-fold increase compared to that of the same period last year.

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism launched an email system, the first of its kind, to promote Vietnamese tourism at https://mail.vietnam.travel.

Tourism authorities earlier this year set out a target of welcoming five million foreign visitors in 2022.

In 2019, Việt Nam’s tourism industry served more than 18 million international visitors and 85 million domestic tourists. However, in 2021, international visitors to Việt Nam only reached 157,300, and the number of domestic tourists was only 40 million. The country’s revenue from tourism last year was VNĐ180 trillion. Travel firms fell into a serious crisis as 90-95 per cent faced severe operational disruption. VNS

Source: http://ovietnam.vn/travel/295-million-international-tourists-have-visited-viet-nam-so-far-this-year_339649.html

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Buckwheat Flower Festival becomes tourist icon of Ha Giang

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The Buckwheat Flower Festival has returned for an eighth time in Dong Van district in the northernmost province of Ha Giang, and has become a magnet for tourists from far and wide.

The eighth holding of the Buckwheat Flower Festival is now underway in Dong Van district, Ha Giang province, attracting a large number of both local and foreign visitors.

In preparation for the festival, the locality has grown hundreds of hectares of buckwheat flowers, which are expected to bloom between mid-October and late December.

Visitors can take in a floral road along Đong Van ancient street as well as various folk games of local ethnic minorities, sporting events, and traditional cuisine.

Buckwheat flowers on the Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark have become a tourist icon of Ha Giang. Not just used as a traditional food by ethnic minority people, the flowers also bring a poetic beauty to the area, and are a unique feature of the mountainous highlands./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/buckwheat-flower-festival-becomes-tourist-icon-of-ha-giang/244809.vnp

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Rich street food culture celebrated in Coca-Cola campaign

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HCM CITY – Coca-Cola has rolled out its first-ever global meals experience campaign with Việt Nam being the first country in ASEAN & South Pacific to kick-off “COKE® is Cooking”.

The campaign aims to celebrate the rich street food culture and enhance people’s dining experience in many countries across the world.

Locally promoted as ‘Vietnam is Cooking’, the new meals experience leverages on the different passions of consumers, which include music, food, and entertainment, to connect and engage with them on a deeper level. Coca-Cola hosted two food festivals both online and offline – starting with HCM City followed by Hà Nội last October

“The first ‘Eating all drooling food’ or ‘Ăn cho đã thèm’ food fest hosted in HCM City under ‘Vietnam is Cooking’ campaign attracted nearly 30,000 people in two days and had about 36,000 engagements online. Photo Coca-Cola Vietnam

“The first ‘Eating all drooling food’ or ‘Ăn cho đã thèm’ food fest hosted in HCM City under ‘Việtnam is Cooking’ campaign attracted nearly 30,000 people in two days and had about 36,000 engagements online. Through the support of our partner foodies and content creators, we were not only able to showcase the best of Vietnamese street food but demonstrated that the real magic is in the co-shared experience of the festivities,” said Nguyễn Lan Yến, Marketing Manager of Coca-Cola Vietnam. 

The company has partnered with Shopee Food and around 700 selected restaurant and retail partners. The beverage brand aspires to reach a total of over 29 million Internet users and around 60,000 people to participate in the Coca-Cola ‘Vietnam is Cooking’ festivities prepared online and in-person activations nationwide. VNS

Source: http://ovietnam.vn/dining/rich-street-food-culture-celebrated-in-coca-cola-campaign_339675.html

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