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Two central localities to restore Hải Vân Gate

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An aerial view of the Hải Vân Gate relic on top of the Hải Vân pass between Thừa Thiên Huế and Đà Nẵng. The two localities began restoring the site to as it was in previous centuries. — Photo Công Thành 

ĐÀ NẴNG — Authorities of the central city and Thừa Thiên-Huế Province have jointly begun a restoration and preservation project on the Hải Vân Gate at the border of the two localities on the Hải Vân Pass.

The project will cover 6,500sq.m, with a total of VNĐ42 billion (US$1.8 million) investment, using State funds from the two localities.

Director of the Huế Monuments Conservation Centre, Hoàng Việt Trung said the project would remove the octagonal bunkers that were built in 1945-75 and redecorate the site as it was in the Nguyễn Dynasty, including the damaged stone, brick walls and gates.

He said many new constructions such as high voltage power poles and telephone signal broadcasting stations had been carried out at the relic site in the late 1980s.

Trung said the preservation would focus on restoring ancient unique architecture and the design of old relics including the old citadel, the two gates and centuries-old north-south route on the top of Hải Vân Pass between Huế and Đà Nẵng.

A south gate on the Hải Vân Gate relic complex has preserved its brick structure.  It was restructured with a concrete roof as a military checkpoint during the American War. — Photo Công Thành 

In 2017, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism promoted the Hải Vân Gate – a complex of brick-built gates dating from the Trần Dynasty – as a National Historical Relic and Architecture site.

The site has been in poor condition for the last two decades.  

An excavation on the Hải Vân Gate complex in 2018 unveiled a clear layout of the old foundations of citadel walls and a section of the north-south route dating back to 1470.

Archaeologists also found the base level foundations of two gates built in 1826 – at the north and south – which were either changed of structure or damaged during the American war (1946-1975).

The original boundary of the Hải Vân Gate relic was overlapped by rock walls and tunnels built by the French and the US soldiers during the French and the American wars.   

The 500m above sea level relic, which is on the border of Lăng Cô Town in Thừa Thiên-Huế Province’s Phú Lộc District and Đà Nẵng’s Hòa Hiệp Bắc Ward in Liên Chiểu District, attracts about 1,000 visitors per day.

It is situated on the Hải Vân Pass, 28km away from Đà Nẵng and 80km far from Huế, with access only for tankers or road adventurers travelling between Đà Nẵng and Huế since the Hải Vân tunnel became operational in 2005.

Historically, Hải Vân Pass belonged to the Hindu Champa Kingdom under Jaya Simhavarman III (1288-1307), but the two provinces of Ô (now Quảng Trị) and Lý (now Thừa Thiên-Huế) were given in exchange for the marriage of Huyền Trân Princess, daughter of King Trần Anh Tông. Hải Vân Pass then became the border between the Đại Việt and the Champa Kingdoms.

The two brick gates were reinforced with concrete and steel-bar roofs in the fight against Vietnamese guerillas (French colonial period) in 1826, and then during the American War.

In 1470, King Trần Nhân Tông named the Hải Vân Gate ‘the most marvellous wonder’. The inscriptions on the gate arches have survived. —

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Vietnamese model wins runner-up prize at Mister Grand International 2022

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Nguyen Vu Linh, a Vietnamese contestant at the Mister Grand International 2022, just won the 4th runner-up title.

The final night of the Mister Grand International 2022 contest took place in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on Saturday morning (Vietnam time).

Twenty-four contestants from countries and territories around the world competed in donning national costume, swimwear, sportswear, and vest.

This supplied photo shows Nguyen Vu Linh, a Vietnamese contestant at the Mister Grand International 2022, who just won the 4th runner-up title.
This supplied photo shows Nguyen Vu Linh, a Vietnamese contestant at the Mister Grand International 2022, who just won the 4th runner-up title.

At the awarding session, Nguyen Vu Linh was announced the 4th runner-up of the contest, in addition to winning the prizes for ‘Best in National Costume’ and ‘Top Model.’

The Mister Grand International winner is a Swiss, and the first, second, and third runners-up are three contestants from the Philippines, Singapore and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, rescpectively.

“I feel luckly to receive cheers from the audience at home and friends around the world,” Linh said after receiving his prizes. 

This supplied photo shows winners of the Mister Grand International 2022.
This supplied photo shows the winners of the Mister Grand International 2022.

“I feel the courage be more responsible to the community and partcipate in more social activities in the future after winning the runner-up title.”

Linh, 28, was born in Ben Tre Province, Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region.

He weighs 75kg, and his body measures are 99-78-98cm.

Linh won the runner-up prize at the Vietnam Fashion Model Contest 2018. 

This supplied photo shows Nguyen Vu Linh, a Vietnamese contestant at the Mister Grand International 2022, who just won the 4th runner-up title.
This supplied photo shows Nguyen Vu Linh, a Vietnamese contestant at the Mister Grand International 2022, who just won the 4th runner-up title.

Before that, he had participated in different male pageants. 

Currently, he is a flight attendant and a freelance model.

Many Vietnamese men competed at the Mister Grand International before Linh, including Nguyen Tien Dat and Ly Cao Thien Son, who won the runner-up title in 2017 and 2018, respectively, and Nguyen Van Tuan, who claimed the Mister International crown in 2019.

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Flying saucer-shaped clouds float above another mountain in southern Vietnam

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Chua Chan Mountain in Dong Nai Province was the second mountain in Vietnam’s southern region spotted with spaceship-like clouds after Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh Province this week.

The formation, which is identified as lenticular clouds, floated over Chua Chan Mountain on Friday morning.

The clouds appeared at around 6:00 am, were most obvious at 7:00 am, and lasted until 8:00 am, according to Nguyen Duc Tan, a local living at the foot of the mountain.

Lenticular clouds are seen atop Chua Chan Mountain in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, November 25, 2022. Photo: Nguyen Hau
Lenticular clouds are seen atop Chua Chan Mountain in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, November 25, 2022. Photo: Nguyen Hau

Tan said he somtimes had seen clouds gathering atop of the mountain, but those formations were not as prominent as Friday morning’s.

Many other locals gave similar accounts.

Lenticular clouds are seen atop Chua Chan Mountain in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, November 25, 2022. Photo: Nguyen Hau
Lenticular clouds are seen atop Chua Chan Mountain in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, November 25, 2022. Photo: Nguyen Hau

Chua Chan Mountain is located about 110 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City and is 837 meters high above sea level. 

It is the highest mountain in Dong Nai and the second highest in the southern region, after Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh Province, over which lenticular clouds also appeared on Thursday and Friday morning.

This photo acquired by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper shows lenticular clouds atop Chua Chan Mountain in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, November 25, 2022.
This photo acquired by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper shows lenticular clouds atop Chua Chan Mountain in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, November 25, 2022.

Lenticular clouds are dense stationary clouds caused by sudden air movements and often found near hills or mountains, according to Le Dinh Quyet, deputy head of the forecasting department at the Southern Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.

As moist and stable air flows over a larger eddy, like those caused by mountains, and temperatures drop below the dew point, lenticular clouds can form. 

Lenticular clouds are seen atop Chua Chan Mountain in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, November 25, 2022. Photo: Van Hai
Lenticular clouds are seen atop Chua Chan Mountain in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, November 25, 2022. Photo: Van Hai

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UFO-shaped clouds form over southern Vietnam mountain

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A spectacular moment when disc-shaped clouds resembling an alien spaceship formed above a mountain in southern Vietnam went viral on social media in the country on Thursday.

Images of the rare natural phenomenon were captured at Ba Den Mountain in the southwestern province of Tay Ninh, which borders Ho Chi Minh City, by local resident Do Vinh Quan.

Quan said he took the pictures of the clouds at around 6:00 am on his way to work before sharing them on his social media account.

Some online users humorously described the image of clouds as a giant mushroom or an unidentified flying object (UFO). 

Lenticular clouds are seen atop Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh Province, Vietnam, November 24, 2022. Video: Sun World Ba Den Mountain

The natural phenomenon is known as lenticular clouds, according to Le Dinh Quyet, deputy head of the forecasting department at the Southern Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.

They are dense, stationary clouds which are caused by sudden air movements and are often found near hills or mountains. 

Lenticular clouds are seen atop Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh Province, Vietnam, November 24, 2022. Photo: Do Vinh Quan

Lenticular clouds are seen atop Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh Province, Vietnam, November 24, 2022. Photo: Do Vinh Quan

As moist and stable air flows over a larger eddy, like those caused by mountains, and temperatures drop below the dew point, lenticular clouds can form.

The occurrence of lenticular clouds is not rare, according to Quyet, but the shape of a flying saucer is infrequent.

Lenticular clouds are seen atop Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh Province, Vietnam, November 24, 2022. Photo: Sun World Ba Den Mountain

Lenticular clouds are seen atop Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh Province, Vietnam, November 24, 2022. Photo: Sun World Ba Den Mountain

Quyet added that lenticular clouds are expected to form over Ba Den Mountain for the remainder of the month.

The flying saucer-shaped clouds recurred early on Friday morning, according to a photo provided to Tuoi Tre News by Ta Ngoc Anh, another local.

Clouds cover the top of Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh Province, Vietnam, November 24, 2022. Photo: Sun World Ba Den Mountain

Clouds cover the top of Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh Province, Vietnam, November 24, 2022. Photo: Sun World Ba Den Mountain

Standing at 986 meters above sea level, Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh Province has been dubbed the roof of Vietnam’s southern region. 

Viewed from a distance, the mountain stands out against the blue sky and is sometimes hidden behind clouds and fog.

Lenticular clouds are seen atop Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh Province, Vietnam, November 25, 2022. Photo: Ta Ngoc Anh

Lenticular clouds are seen atop Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh Province, Vietnam, November 25, 2022. Photo: Ta Ngoc Anh

From the base to the top of the mountain, visitors can stop by and explore temples, pagodas, caves, and towers, with local architecture – a mix of Buddhist and folklore culture – that attracts millions of visitors each year.

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