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Seoul workshop looks to welcome more Korean tourists back to Vietnam

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Vietnam’s aviation and tourism were promoted at a workshop themed “Rediscover Vietnam” in Seoul, the Republic of Korea (RoK), on June 9.

Seoul workshop looks to welcome more Korean tourists back to Vietnam hinh anh 1Korean partners learn about Vietnam’s tourism at the workshop on June 9. (Photo: VNA)

Seoul – Vietnam’s
aviation and tourism were promoted at a workshop themed “Rediscover Vietnam” in
Seoul, the Republic of Korea (RoK), on June 9.

Addressing over 80 representatives of
Korean organisations, tourism companies, and partners, Ambassador
Nguyen Vu Tung said Vietnam is a safe and attractive destination for
international tourists after it removed all restrictions on foreign visitors.

As all barriers were lifted, tourism
is a highly potential field for cooperation between Vietnam and the RoK, he
said, perceiving that with efforts to improve service quality and open new
tours, Vietnam will soon welcome 4.3 million Korean visitors like in the
pre-pandemic period, and the number of Vietnamese tourists to the Northeast
Asian country will also return to pre-pandemic levels in a short period of
time.

Ryu Chang-ho, CEO of Hana Tour – the
largest travel firm in the RoK, said Vietnam is one of the favourite destinations
of Korean people, who often choose its coastal places such as Da Nang, Nha
Trang and Ha Long to spend their holidays with their families.

Recommending Vietnam widely publicise
information about anti-pandemic measures to facilitate tourism promotion and
tour opening, he noted as both the quantity and frequency of international
flights are gradually being resumed, Hana Tour is launching many attractive
tours to Da Nang, Phu Quoc, and many other destinations of Vietnam this June.

Jin Kyoung-wook from Mode Tour also
pointed to the need for more pandemic safety information from Vietnam so that
Korean tourists can comfortably choose the Southeast Asian nation for their
holidays.

European tours have been fully booked
but trips to Southeast Asia have yet to recover as expected despite close
proximity and reasonable prices. Given this, it is necessary to advertise
Vietnam as a safe destination free of COVID-19 dangers more strongly, according
to Jin.

“Rediscover Vietnam” was part of a
series of activities held by Vietnam Airlines to attract Korean tourists to the
country.

The national flag carrier is
operating four routes to the RoK, namely Seoul – Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and
Da Nang, together with Pusan – Hanoi. It will reopen Seoul – Nha Trang and
Pusan – HCM City flights in July./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/seoul-workshop-looks-to-welcome-more-korean-tourists-back-to-vietnam/230942.vnp

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Chăm dance at Ponagar Temple towers lures visitors

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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./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/cham-dance-at-ponagar-temple-towers-lures-visitors/238791.vnp

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Exploring two national treasures at Hung Yen Pagoda

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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.

This
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
province.

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./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/exploring-two-national-treasures-at-hung-yen-pagoda/238795.vnp

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Breathtaking Nha Trang seas

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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.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/breathtaking-nha-trang-seas/238686.vnp

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