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Tour tells moving stories about Vietnamese female revolutionaries

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Sacred Night – Live Like A Flower tour is held at 7pm every weekend nights. Photo hoalo.vn

HÀ NỘI — A new tour of exploring Hỏa Lò Prison has been launched every weekend since October to honour female revolutionaries whose sacrifice contributed to the overall victory of the national revolution.

Sacred Night – Live Like A Flower is held at night so that visitors can experience horrifying imprisonment in the dark, the oppressive atmosphere of the cells and the persecution of the guards during the wars.

In such harsh conditions, the fighting spirit and noble sacrifices of the female fighters whose optimism outweighed the shackles were clear to see.

After being equipped with a digital tour guide device, tourists will embark on their exploration of Hỏa Lò Prison, which used to be dubbed “Hell on Earth”, and learn about the terrible living conditions and touching life stories of the female prisoners who were detained there from 1930 to 1954. They will also be accompanied by a human tour guide.

The first stop is the main gate, which represents the boundary between life and death, between shackles and desire for freedom.

From the main gate, the 45-minute tour will take visitors to the men’s collective cells, solitary confinement, the hundreds-year-old country-almond trees, the underground sewage, women’s cells, guillotine room and death cells.

The images of the mothers and sisters with perseverance and courage are revealed via vivid stories, memorabilia and archives, illustrated by lively scenes performed by the employees of the prison museum with the aid of modern light and sound technologies.

The tour enables the visitors to experience the harsh living conditions and stuffy confinement in Hỏa Lò Prison in the past. — Photo hoalo.vn

The first woman jailed in Hỏa Lò prison was Nguyễn Thị Ba, a young woman from Tương Mai Village, now in Hoàng Mai District, Hà Nội.

She was the owner of a rice shop at 20 Cửa Nam Street where Vietnamese patriots often gathered to discuss a poisoning plot (June 27, 1908) that aimed at the French colonial army garrison in the Citadel of Hà Nội.

However, the plot failed. Ba was captured and kept in Hỏa Lò Prison where the guards brutally tortured her for the information. In the end, she died from a severe beating and serious sickness, becoming a symbolic example of a Vietnamese female martyr.

Vietnamese women’s tradition of courage, resilience and faithfulness was continued by other female revolutionaries imprisoned in Hỏa Lò, like martyrs Hoàng Ngân, the fiancee of communist soldier Hoàng Văn Thụ; Hoàng Thị Ái, the wife of revolutionary Nguyễn Phong Sắc; and martyr Nguyễn Thị Quang Thái, the wife of General Võ Nguyên Giáp. Their life stories are told through Sacred Night – Live Like A Flower.

“This is the first time I have learned about the female prisoner’s life with harsh conditions, constant torture, diseases and basic shortages; however, they never lacked a firm will and positive spirit,” said Trần Minh Anh, a teacher from Hà Nội.

“The message from such experience is also simple: The previous generations have shed bones and blood to obtain the national independence and freedom. Today’s generations, therefore, should look back to the past to appreciate the value of peace, to cherish human love, and to do better things for the future,” she said.

Scenes are set up to illustrate the stories associated with female prisoners. — Photo hoalo.vn

The tour ends with a memorial ceremony held at the monument to pay tributes to fallen revolutionaries.

Products made from the country-almond trees of Hỏa Lò Prison Relic, like country-almond tea, jelly and dried almond kernels are offered to visitors as sweet treats for the journey.

They can also take home souvenirs made from the country-almond trees like dried almond inscribed with the logo of the prison, the dried leaf inscribed with poems of patriotic soldiers or a bookmark with the image of the main gate.

Dried country-almonds inscribed with the logo of the prison are original souvenirs of Hỏa Lò Prison. — Photo baovanhoa.vn

According to Nguyễn Bích Thủy, head of the management board of the relic, the programme has been thoroughly studied and structured, aiming to honour the spirit and sacrifice of female fighters who kept their faith with revolutionary ideals.

The programme is part of co-ordination between the management board of Hỏa Lò Prison Relic and Hanoitourist Travel Company, and is held from 7pm every weekend night. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/life-style/804032/tour-tells-moving-stories-about-vietnamese-female-revolutionaries.html

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Photo exhibition celebrates Lao National Day

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The traditional Lao Lunar New Year celebration is held in April. Photo Nguyễn Bình

HÀ NỘI — Photos focusing on the friendly relations between Việt Nam and Laos have been put on display in Hà Nội. 

The exhibition by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Lao Embassy in Việt Nam is running from December 1 to 5 at the Hồ Chí Minh Museum. 

The first part introduces the historical and up-to-date images on the relationship between the two countries in the struggle for national liberation in the past and process of national renewal and construction today.

Through the photos displayed in this part, exhibition goers will see the determination of the two parties, two states and peoples to foster the relationship between the two countries.

One of the photos in this part featuring Vietnamese martyr Lê Thiệu Huy and his comrades shows that the sacrifice of Vietnamese in helping Laos gain independence and freedom must not be forgotten.

Martyr Huy sacrificed himself as the shield to protect President Souphanouvong in the Tha Khet battle on March 21, 1946. 

Another image shows the solidarity of the two people featuring Vietnamese soldiers and Lao people crushing rice grains for the Thượng Lào campaign in 1953.

The second part will showcase photos of late Lao President Kaysone Phomvihane from his early patriotic activities and his contribution to his country’s unification and development. 

“The exhibition is a meaningful activity to remind people of the two countries to boost the traditional relationship between Việt Nam and Lao,” said Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Tạ Quang Đôngat the exhibition opening ceremony. 

“Việt Nam is proud to have a loyal friend like Laos. This exhibition is a chance to review the close relations between the two countries and towards sustainable co-operation in future.”

The event helps the public understand more about historic turning points and typical events in the relationship between the two countries and the great achievements that the people of the two countries of Lao and Việt Nam have made over the past decades, contributing to nurture, strengthen and tightening the solidarity between the two countries.  

“We thank Ministry of Culture for organising the exhibition,” said Sengphet Houngboungnuang, Lao Ambassador to Việt Nam. 

“It expresses the Vietnamese people’s warm heart and feelings to their friends. The exhibition will be a chance for young generations to get to know more about the traditional friendship and love between the two peoples.”

“We will never forget the support from Vietnamese Party, Government and people,” he said. “Now we are still going forward side by side in the development process together with other countries in the region and the world.”

The exhibition also displays photos featuring beautiful landscapes and cultural values from the Land of a Million Elephants.

The exhibition aims to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Lao National Day and the 100th birthday of the late Lao President Kaysone Phomvihane. 

It runs until December 5 at 19 Ngọc Hà Street. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/life-style/816657/photo-exhibition-celebrates-lao-national-day.html

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Vietnamese homes rake in leading architecture awards

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Two homes in central Quang Ngai Province and Da Nang City have won prestigious Dezeen awards in the categories of urban and rural design.

The Red Roof House in central Quang Ngai Province has won the Dezeen Awards 2020 architecture project of the year, as well as being named the rural house of the year. Located on an 80-sq-meter plot, the house is a gift given to a 50-year-old couple by their children. According to architecture studio TAA Design, they wanted to create a new kind of rural home that creates a closed cycle of growth, harvest and consumption when designing this project.

A Terracotta Tiled Roof House in central Quang Ngai Province has won the Dezeen Awards 2020 architecture project of the year, along with being named rural house of the year. Located on an 80-sq-meter plot, the house was a gift to a 50-year-old couple from their children. According to architecture studio TAA Design, they wanted to design a new type of rural dwelling that creates a closed cycle of growth, harvest and consumption. Photo by TAA Design.

The special feature of the house is the stepped roof section allowing homeowners to grow vegetables. Sally Mackereth, founder of London-based Studio Mackereth, told Dezeen that this project embodies the spirit of design in 2020.  Perhaps it’s no wonder, given the situation we find ourselves in, that we were seduced by a project with nature at its heart.

The special feature of the house is its stepped roof section allowing homeowners to grow vegetables. Sally Mackereth, founder of London-based Studio Mackereth, told Dezeen this project “embodies the spirit of design in 2020. Perhaps it’s no wonder, given the situation we find ourselves in, that we were seduced by a project with nature at its heart.” Photo by TAA Design.

Courtyards with different heights, giving spaces to homeowners and neighbors to hangout. The residents have happy hours together growing their own food and sharing their products with their surrounding friends.

Inhabitants spend many happy hours growing their own food and sharing it with their friends. Photo by TAA Design.

Natural light allows homeowners to connect with nature.

Natural light allows homeowners a healthy scoop of Vitamin D. Photo by TAA Design.

Another house, located in central Da Nang City, is named the urban house of the year. The 250-sq-meter house belongs to a four-member family, yearning to fill their living spaces with greenery. Photo by Hiroyuki Oki.

Another house, located in central Da Nang City, was named urban house of the year. The 250-sq-meter home belongs to a four-member family, yearning to fill their living space with greenery. Photo by Hiroyuki Oki.

The idea was to create a garden for the house by dividing the land into two parts: one for the garden with a wall alongside, the other for the living space with its windows and doors facing the garden. Photo by Hiroyuki Oki.

The idea was to create a garden for the house by dividing the land into two parts: one for the garden with a wall alongside, the other for the living space with its windows and doors facing out. Photo by Hiroyuki Oki.

With this coexistence between the two parts, the project is a successful attempt to integrate nature and renewable resources, while providing engaging communal spaces that connect back to nature, Dezeen commented. Photo by Hiroyuki Oki.

With this coexistence between the two parts, the project is a successful attempt to integrate nature and renewable resources, while providing engaging communal spaces that connect back to nature, Dezeen commented. Photo by Hiroyuki Oki.

The roof garden offers more greenery. It is also space for homeowners to grow vegetables for their daily consumption. Photo by Hiroyuki Oki.

The roof garden offers more greenery. It is also a space for homeowners to grow vegetables for their daily consumption. Photo by Hiroyuki Oki.

The house comprises of four main boxes - one big box under the roof and three smaller the big one. The small box are covered by white brick, creating a light and cozy living space.Dezeen Awards is an annual awards program finding the worlds best architecture, interiors, studios and architects producing the most outstanding work. It is organized by London-based online architecture, interiors and design magazine Dezeen. This year, there are 42 categories, judged by an international panel comprised of 75 leading figures from the architecture and design world. Photo by Hiroyuki Oki.

The house comprises four main “boxes”, one big “box” under the roof and three smaller ones beneath. The smaller “boxes” are covered by white brick, creating a light and cozy living space.
Dezeen Awards is an annual program uncovering the world’s best architecture, interiors, studios and architects producing the most outstanding work. It is organized by London-based online architecture, interior and design magazine Dezeen.
This year, there are 42 categories, judged by an international panel comprised of 75 leading figures from the architecture and design world. Photo by Hiroyuki Oki.

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Vietnam’s new decree allows fireworks during special events

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All Vietnamese who have legal capacity can light up fireworks for some special events such as Lunar New Year festivals, birthdays, and wedding ceremonies, pursuant to an amended government decree that will take effect on January 11.

The government issued Decree No. 137 on November 28 on the management and use of fireworks, adding some specific situations where citizens are allowed to use fireworks on personal occasions.

As per Article 17 of the decree, all institutions, organizations, enterprises, and individuals with legal capacity are allowed to light up fireworks during public holidays like Lunar New Year festivals, the death anniversary of Hung Kings, National Day (September 2), the Dien Bien Phu victory anniversary, and Reunification Day (April 30).

It is worth noting that the fireworks allowed are the kind that will not explode.

Fireworks displays will also be permitted for birthdays, weddings, conferences, grand openings, anniversaries, and cultural activities.

Other events will be subject to approval of the prime minister.

The decree will come into effect on January 11, 2021.

Both organizations and individuals are required to buy fireworks from authorized factories and enterprises under the guidelines of the decree.

In addition, the decree also stipulates behaviors that are strictly banned in the management and use of fireworks.

Vietnamese law prohibits all of activities related to the production, trading, transportation, import, export, storage, and use of firecrackers and fireworks and materials thereof, except for some specific cases.

Apart from that, prohibited acts include illegally producing, trading, importing, exporting, transporting, storing, and using fireworks and firework materials.

The decree excludes enterprises and organizations that are under the control of the Ministry of National Defense and authorized by the government to research, produce, import, export, supply, transport, and use fireworks.

People can use fireworks produced or imported by the Ministry of National Defense or authorized organizations for firework displays.

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