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RoK helps Hue city develop smart tourism



The People’s Committee of Hue city in central Thua Thien-Hue province, and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) on May 23 jointly kicked off a project to build Hue city of culture and smart tourism.

RoK helps Hue city develop smart tourism hinh anh 1Visitors to Thuy Xuan village, Hue city. (Photo: VNA)

Thua Thien-Hue
The People’s Committee of Hue city in central Thua Thien-Hue province, and the Korea International
Cooperation Agency (KOICA) on May 23 jointly kicked off a project to build Hue city of culture and smart tourism.

The project, which is funded
by the Republic of Korea (RoK) Government, aims to build a smart tourism information system,
develop an urban cultural tourism centre and expand walking zones in
Hue city in order to boost tourism in the former imperial capital.

It will also cover the installation of smart lighting and surveillance camera systems along the banks of Huong (Perfume) River and building public administration capacity in tourism
development and urban management.

Speaking at the event, Korean Consul
General in Da Nang Ahn Min-sik said that the project will provide technical
solutions to accumulate tourism-related data and increase access to necessary
information for visitors, including improving the urban environment by
installing smart lights, public Wifi network coverage and cultural integrated

Nguyen Van Phuong, Chairman
of the provincial People’s Committee, highlighted the significance of the project, saying
it does not only serve people’s lives but also enhances the quality of tourism
services which has become a spearhead economic sector of the province.

Thua Thien-Hue is moving towards a knowledge-based
economy and sustainable development with the goal of turning itself into a
centrally-run city by 2025, he said./.



Đường Lâm’s culinary traditions charm tourists




LOCAL FEAST: The cuisine of Đường Lâm is characterised by its simplicity, use of local ingredients, and exquisite flavours that have stood the test of time. VNA/VNS Photo

By Đinh Thuận & Lương Hương

One of the most well-preserved ancient villages in Việt Nam, Đường Lâm is renowned for its architectural charm and culinary traditions, making it a must-visit destination for any tourist to Hà Nội.

The village in an outlying district of the city boasts a wide array of traditional dishes that have been passed down through generations, reflecting the local people’s deep connection to the land and their agricultural way of life.

Some of the most popular specialties here include Mông Phụ soy sauce, Mía chicken, roasted pork, and kẹo dồi (sweet peanut sausages).

Đường Lâm cuisine is characterised by its simplicity, use of local ingredients, and exquisite flavours that have stood the test of time.

On arriving at the centuries-old village, visitors will quickly come across rows of terracotta jars placed on the courtyards, creating a typically ancient Vietnamese atmosphere that seems to exist only in movies. The large jars are traditionally used for storing and fermenting soy sauce, known as tương in Vietnamese.

ANCIENT CRAFT: Large terracotta jars are seen on the courtyards of almost all ancient houses in Đường Lâm Village. They are used to store and ferment soy sauce, known as ‘tương’ in Vietnamese. Photo

One of the families that is still making tương is Hà Hữu Thể’s in Sui Hamlet. The family has been practising the traditional craft of making fermenting soy sauce for hundreds of years.

Thể’s home, a moss-covered 300-year-old wooden house with seven compartments, has been home to 13 successive generations. The family has made great efforts to not only retain the original structure of the ancient house but also their ancestors’ soy sauce-making profession.

“Every year, my family produces between 5,000 to 7,000 litres of soy sauce, supplying it to distributors and visitors,” he said.

According to Thể, the deliciousness of the sauce is created by high-quality ingredients, favourable weather conditions and the accumulated experience of the makers. Primarily, the distinct taste of soy sauce made in Đường Lâm lies in the use of the water from the Giang Well, known for its purity.

Another must-try food in Đường Lâm Village is the Mía chicken, which is renowned for its flavourful taste.

The special free-range chicken breed is named after the former name of the village – Kẻ Mía or Mía Village. These chickens were considered sacred and exclusively offered in religious ceremonies and presented to the king. Today, Mía chickens are preserved for their genetic heritage and cultivated as a high-quality farm product in the village

The chickens are raised traditionally, allowing them to roam freely and consume a natural diet. Mía chicken is also a symbolic dish representing abundance and prosperity and is often offered to the ancestors during the Lunar New Year festival, on special occasions, or in village festivals.

The meat of the chicken is best enjoyed when it has been steamed and cooled. This allows the meat to retain the savoury, fragrant, and tender flavours of the whole chicken.

RUSTIC ATMOSPHERE: Enjoying local specialties in Đường Lâm Village is an impressive experience. Photo

Đường Lâm is also famed for its roast pork, which is known for its distinctive aroma and delicious flavour.

The ingredients used to make this dish include pork belly with a thick layer of skin, ground pepper, fish sauce, and, importantly, finely chopped guava leaves. The pork is marinated with just the right amount of seasoning, then wrapped tightly with bamboo strips and roasted on a charcoal fire for six hours. During this time, the skilled cook needs to focus on adjusting the heat to ensure that the meat is cooked evenly and is visually appealing.

The final product is a golden and crispy piece of meat with a layer of crackling skin that imparts an unforgettable savour. The meat itself is succulent and has a distinct flavour and eaten with salad or mixed vegetable soups that keep diners coming back for more.

Entering any ancient house in the village or a sidewalk drink stall, and tourists are often treated with a local speciality – chè lam cake, which are made of simple ingredients such as glutinous rice, mung beans, ginger, honey or sugar, and peanuts.

Along with peanut candy, chè lam is a rustic and familiar gift that embodies the essence of the Vietnamese countryside. It impresses eaters with a soft and chewy texture, with occasional bursts of sweetness from sugarcane juice and mung beans, along with the fragrant aroma of glutinous rice and fresh ginger.

FLOWERY ADDITION: Đường Lâm villagers have creatively used lotus flowers, leaves and roots as ingredients or decoration for the food. VNA/VNS Photo

Recently, taking advantage of the local ingredients, Đường Lâm villagers have created enticing and elegant dishes known as cỗ sen (lotus feast). All the dishes use lotus as an ingredient, either directly in the preparation or as a wrapping material for the food.

A ‘lotus feast’ typically consists of about 10 dishes, including unique ones like fried lotus petals, lotus spring rolls, lotus chicken soup, and braised lotus roots.

Visiting the ancient village during the summer, the blooming season of lotus, visitors will have an additional captivating experience of the lotus feast, much enjoyed by Vietnamese and foreigners alike.

Maika Fukui, a tourist from Japan, said: “This is the first time I have had the opportunity to taste the lotus feast. In Japan, we also eat lotus dishes, but mainly from the root. The presentation of the feast here is beautiful, enticing, and resembles a work of art.”

Culinary tours

SWEET JOB: Young tourists try making ‘chè lam’ cookies in Đường Lâm Village. Photo courtesy of Bếp Làng Đường Lâm

Recognising the desire of visitors to explore the local cuisine, various tours have been launched in the ancient village, offering hands-on activities such as candy-making and traditional treats like bánh gai (sticky rice cake with mung bean fillings) and chè lam.

Tourists can also join tours of vegetable picking and visit Mía Market to shop for ingredients early in the morning and then use them to create dishes themselves like nem rán (fried spring rolls) and other Vietnamese meals.

As more and more tourists have flocked to Đường Lâm to explore its rich culinary heritage, many households now offer on-site culinary experiences where they can taste local flavours among the intimate settings of traditional houses. The dining area is modestly decorated, harmonising with the ancient background, and the traditional dishes are prepared to suit various tastes.

“Đường Lâm offers captivating landscapes, architecture, and culture, boasting a rich and delicious culinary experience, which sets the destination apart from many other tourist attractions,” said Hoàng Trung Nghĩa, a tourist from the neighbouring province of Hải Dương.

According to Nguyễn Đăng Thạo, head of the Heritage Management Board of Đường Lâm Ancient Village, the local authorities are encouraging local households with appropriate facilities to provide food services to tourists.

“In the future, we plan to expand this model to generate additional income for locals from tourism, while also meeting the culinary demands of tourists,” he said. VNS






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RoK’s Busan city promotes tourism in Vietnam



The Republic of Korea (RoK)’s Busan port city introduced its tourism policies and plans for Vietnamese firms at a recent event held by the Busan Tourism Organisation (BTO) in Hanoi.

RoK’s Busan city promotes tourism in Vietnam hinh anh 1Ha Van Sieu, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam National Authority of Tourism (VNAT), speaks at the event. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi –
The Republic of Korea
(RoK)’s Busan port city introduced its tourism policies and plans for Vietnamese
firms at a recent event held by the Busan Tourism Organisation (BTO) in Hanoi.

The “2023 Busan Travel Connect in Hanoi”, which took
place on September 15, is expected to contribute to promoting the friendship
between the two countries.

Lee Joung-Sil, BTO President/CEO, cited statistics
showing that between January and June, Busan welcomed 190,000 tourists from
Vietnam, making the country the fourth biggest source of holidaymakers to the
Korean city, and the second largest in Southeast Asia.

Vietnam is an important market that should not be
missed, he said, revealing that 20 travel firms of the RoK have come to Vietnam
on this occasion.

Ha Van Sieu, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam National
Authority of Tourism (VNAT), stressed that the VNAT and the Korea Tourism
Organisation (KTO) signed a cooperation document in February 2022, creating a
foundation for the two sides to boost tourism collaboration, especially in
the exchange of visitors after the COVID-19 pandemic.

After border reopening, the VNAT has launched many
tourism promotion activities in the RoK, the official said, affirming his
support for similar programmes rolled out by the RoK, including Busan, in

In the first eight months of this year, Vietnam
served 7.8 million foreign visitors, 2.2 million of them from the RoK, the
biggest source of arrivals to the Southeast Asian nation in the period./.


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Must-visit spectacular travel destinations in Việt Nam during autumn



By Lương Thu Hương

With its mild and refreshing weather, autumn is undoubtedly the perfect time to embark on a remarkable travel journey in Việt Nam. It’s a season when we don’t have to lament about the scorching heat of summer or the chilling cold of winter. Instead, we are greeted with gentle breezes that sway the golden-hued leaves. So, as autumn sets in, it’s time to pack your bags, embrace the beauty of this season, and embark on a memorable travel adventure.

Here are some of the suggested destinations in Việt Nam for your autumn trip:

Tràng An: the ancient capital 

An idyllic view of Tràng An landscape complex. — VNA/VNS Photo

Tràng An landscape complex, the UNESCO-recognised World Heritage Site, captivates with its pristine beauty and majestic limestone formations, creating a “Hạ Long Bay on Land” in northern Việt Nam.

Located in the province of Ninh Bình, the site stands as a remarkable destination for those seeking to delve into the history of the ancient capital of Hoa Lư. Its breathtaking landscape, defined by towering limestone karsts and winding rivers, offers a unique and enchanting experience.

Contrasting the festive atmosphere in spring, Tràng An in autumn immerses itself in a tranquil sea of green, with a serene sky, stretching forests along the mountain ranges, and crystal-clear water revealing hidden aquatic plants below.

Visiting the ancient capital, travelers not only have the opportunity to immerse themselves in ancient legends and historical sites in cultural centers but also to indulge in the enchanting beauty created by nature within the renowned limestone cave system. They can embark on the mesmerising journey along Sao Khuê River through mountain caves and witness the historical landmarks on both sides, like the ancient village of Yên Thượng, the Dền Bridge, the Đông Bridge, the Trường Yên Market, and the Ghềnh Tháp – Vườn Thiên Palace.

Hà Giang: Buckwheat Flower Fields

The rocky plateau of Đồng Văn in Hà Giang is blanketed with vast buckwheat flower fields. — VNA/VNS Photo

Travelling to the remote region of the homeland, you will have the opportunity to witness the autumn season immersed in vast buckwheat flower fields across the rocky plateau of Đồng Văn.

The buckwheat flower season typically begins in late autumn, from around mid-October to December. What surprises visitors is the ever-changing colours of the blooms. When the flowers first bloom, they are white, gradually transitioning to light pink or purple, and finally deep red as they approach the end of the season and develop seeds.

Similar to Sa Pa, the weather in Đồng Văn undergoes constant changes throughout the day. In the morning, Đồng Văn greets you with chilly winds and a misty veil of clouds. By noon, the temperature gradually warms up, revealing the vivid blue sky of autumn and the characteristic emerald waters of the Nho Quế River. As the evening approaches, rays of golden sunlight cascade over the buckwheat flower fields, creating a dazzling and enchanting scenery that is truly rare and poetic.

Sapa: cloud hunting

Autumn is the golden season in Sa Pa. — VNA/VNS Photo

Traveling to Sa Pa in the northern province of Lào Cai in the autumn season is undoubtedly an excellent choice. The weather in Sa Pa during this time of the year is incredibly mild and cool, offering a pleasant atmosphere. In fact, you can even experience all four seasons in a single day, a phenomenon that seems straight out of a legend.

During autumn, the ripe golden rice terraces gracefully winding around the majestic hills will leave visitors in awe with their dreamlike beauty. The landscape, adorned with vibrant hues, exudes a sense of grandeur, while the air is filled with the intoxicating fragrance of freshly harvested rice and the surrounding mountains and forests.

Due to the favourable weather during this time, it is indeed a great opportunity to embark on mountain hikes in Sa Pa to “hunt” for clouds and enjoy panoramic views of the lush landscapes below. It is not too challenging for avid hikers or those with a passion for exploration to undertake these adventures.

If you’re tired of taking the cable car to reach the summit of Fansipan, you can opt for a train ride to admire the vast beauty of the Mường Hoa Valley, which promises to offer you a fresh and surprising perspective of Sa Pa.

Hà Nội: best time of the year

Autumn in Hà Nội offers a unique blend of old-world charm and natural beauty. — VNA/VNS Photo

Autumn is undoubtedly the best time in Hà Nội, when the bustling 1,000-year-old capital city is covered with the poetic and tranquil atmosphere. As you wander through the various corners of the capital city, it is not difficult to encounter the lovely scenes of blooming white milk flowers or streets adorned with golden and red leaves.

As the leaves gently fall, creating a colourful carpet beneath your feet, Hà Nội seems to reveal its hidden corners and historic landmarks. Whether it’s walking along the tranquil banks of Hoàn Kiếm (Returned Sword) Lake, exploring the Old Quarter, or savouring a cup of egg coffee amidst the autumn breeze, every moment in the city in romantic autumn feels like a scene from a slow-motion nostalgic movie.

Don’t forget to bring along your fully-charged camera whenever you take a stroll around Hà Nội at its most beautiful time of the year, as you could seize the enchanting moment of a romantic sunset at the idyllic West Lake, the picturesque sight of street vendors burdened with alluring bouquets of daisies and nightingale flowers, or simply to capture the renowned culinary delights of the city.

Arriving in Hà Nội during autumn, you might have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the Hà Nội Fall Festival. The event is set to take place from September 29 to October 1 and promises a diverse array of captivating cultural activities. VNS






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