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Vietnam’s central localities shake hands to attract more Korean tourists

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Four central localities including Da Nang, Quang Nam, Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Binh jointly held a webinar on November 22 to promote tourism to the Republic of Korean market.

Vietnam's central localities shake hands to attract more Korean tourists hinh anh 1Deputy Director of Da Nang’s Department of Tourism Nguyen Xuan Binh. (Photo: VNA)

Da Nang – Four central localities including Da Nang, Quang Nam,
Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Binh jointly held a webinar on November 22 to promote
tourism to the Republic of Korean market.

Vietnamese Ambassador to the RoK Nguyen Vu Tung, Korean
Consul General in Da Nang city Ahn Min Sik, and over 150 delegates representing
travel agents and businesses of the two countries, including around 80 from the
RoK, attended the event.

The webinar took place right after Quang Nam and Da Nang
announced and implemented their plans to welcome international visitors back as
accepted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. At same time, many Korean
travel partners have expressed their desire to organise charter flights and closed
tours for their customers during the peak tourism season at the end of 2021 and
the New Year holidays of 2022.

Speaking at the event, Deputy Director of Da Nang’s
Department of Tourism Nguyen Xuan Binh said that the Vietnamese Government has
agreed to allow Da Nang, Phu Quoc, Khanh Hoa, Quang Nam and Quang Ninh to open
their doors to international visitors. The tourism ministry has also issued
guidance on implementing a pilot programme to welcome foreign tourists in three
phases, starting from November 2021. It is expected that in June 2022, when the
pandemic is well under control, Vietnam will be fully opened to international tourists.

Tung stated that the webinar was a good chance
for parties involved to have initiatives and proposals and discuss measures to
restore tourism to create a motivation for economic development, thus helping
to deepen the two countries’ relations.

Korean Consul General in Da Nang city Ahn Min
Sik said the central region in general and Da Nang in particular have been long
favourite destinations of Korean holiday-makers.

The number of Korean tourists
to the central region of Vietnam increased continuously during 2015-2019, from
210,000 in 2015 to 1.8 million in 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out.
The 2019 figure accounted for 41 percent of the total number of Korean visitors
to Vietnam, he said./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/vietnams-central-localities-shake-hands-to-attract-more-korean-tourists/215960.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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