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HCM City-Nagoya air route resumes

In Uncategorized on August 13, 2010 at 3:24 pm

HCM City-Nagoya air route resumes

QĐND – Friday, August 13, 2010, 21:1 (GMT+7)

Vietnam Airlines will resume two direct flights between HCM city and Nagoya, Japan every Monday and Friday starting August 13.

Flights from Ho Chi Minh City (VN968) will take off at 00.05 and from Nagoya (VN969) at 11.30 (local time). A round-trip ticket for economy class will be US$750 and for business class, US$1,310, excluding tax and other fees.

Vietnam Airlines will now have 45 direct flights per week to Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka.

The operation of direct flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Nagoya began in July, 2005 but stopped in December, 2007, because of the global economic downturn. Direct flights between Hanoi and Nagoya started in August 2008.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Central region expects to attract more Japanese tourists

In Uncategorized on August 13, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Central region expects to attract more Japanese tourists

QĐND – Friday, August 13, 2010, 21:3 (GMT+7)

Vietnam-Japan cultural exchange days to take place in Hoi An ancient city, the central province of Quang Nam, are expected to attract more foreign tourists, particularly those from Japan, to destinations in the central region.

During the event, the eighth of its kind in Hoi An, a series of programmes imbued with the Vietnamese and Japanese cultures will be presented such as performances of folk dancing, traditional music, dragon dance, traditional costumes, tea drinking ceremony and calligraphy as well as a festival with flower garlands and coloured lanterns on river.

Besides, the Iwamikagura royal singing and dancing troupe and the Daisuwataiko drum group from Japan will join the event for the first time.

Starting from 2003, the annual event is to tighten friendship between Vietnam and Japan and offers an opportunity to promote Hoi An, a world heritage site, to international friends, said Vo Phung, Director of the Hoi An Culture and Sport Centre.

Established in the 16th century, Hoi An ancient city used to be an international commerce hub on the East-West trade route. It was Vietnam’s most prosperous trading port under the Nguyen dynasty as ships from Japan, China, Portugal, Spain and the Netherlands docked in Hoi An for goods trading.

A number of existing archaeological sites and architectural projects proved that Hoi An was a site for convergence and interface between the Cham, Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese cultures.

Moreover, Japan and central Vietnam in general and Hoi An in particular treasured a time-honoured traditional relationship, prompting the Japanese to visit the land where their ancestors used to travel to, Toshikazu Suzuki, Director of the Japan human resource training and consultancy institute in Vietnam, said at a workshop themed “Central Vietnam – A destination for Japanese tourists, potential and solution” held in Quang Nam province last May.

However, poor services, which fail to meet Japanese visitors’ demand, are blamed for the low number of Japanese tourists, who account for about only four percent of the total one million foreign arrivals to the central region.

Also at the workshop, the three central localities of Quang Nam , Thua Thien-Hue and Da Nang mapped out a plan, aiming at attracting 1 million Japanese tourists to the region each year. The localities will accelerate tourism promotion in Japan , open their tourism offices in Japan and organise Japanese language courses for their small traders and tourist guides.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

National beach volleyball tournament starts

In Uncategorized on August 13, 2010 at 3:23 pm

National beach volleyball tournament starts

QĐND – Friday, August 13, 2010, 21:1 (GMT+7)

The four-day National Beach Volleyball Tournament, part of the 4th National Sports Games 2010, was held on August 12th at the My Khe Beach in Danang City by the General Department of Sports and Physical Training, the Vietnam Volleyball Federation, and the city’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

8 men’s and 7 women’s professional teams from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, the Army, Khanh Hoa, Hai Phong and Danang were drawn into 4 groups to play a round robin, with the top two advancing to the semi-finals and the finals.

According to the organising panel, this is the third time the event was introduced at the National Sports Games.

Already teams from Khanh Hoa, Hai Phong and Ho Chi Minh City are tipped as the favorites.

Source: Tin The Thao/ Photo: VNA

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Protective gods worshipped at temples on capital’s four corners

In Uncategorized on August 13, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Protective gods worshipped at temples on capital’s four corners

QĐND – Friday, August 13, 2010, 21:1 (GMT+7)

A doorman protects the entrance to your home but for the city of Hanoi, four deities take care of that job.

For the millennium that it’s been the capital city of Vietnam, Hanoi has been under the protection of four tutelary gods, worshipped in four temples located in the four corners of the city. Tens of thousands of tourists and travellers visit these sites every year, according to figures from the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.


Bach Ma (White Horse) Temple is located at 78-80 Hang Buom Street. Founded in the 9th century, there remains very little of the original thousand-year-old structure today. The present temple itself dates back to 18th and 19th century reconstruction work, and stands as one of the grandest temples in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. It was originally named Long Do Temple, to venerate the hero.

Legend has it that when King Ly Thai To moved the capital from Hoa Lu in present day Ninh Binh province to Thang Long (former name of Hanoi), work on the citadel could not begin before the King himself prayed at the temple. After the ceremony, a white horse appeared from behind the altar. After running around the city, it flew off into the sky. The King decided to build the citadel in the horse’s footsteps. Long Do was then elevated to the position of a tutelary deity or protector of the city and people started referring to it as White Horse Temple.


Linh Lang, or Voi Phuc (Crouching Elephant) Temple is located inside the precinct of Thu Le Zoo. Linh Lang was the fourth son of King Ly Thai Tong, and was immortalised as one of the capital’s tutelary gods for his glorious victory over the northern invaders.

The temple recently underwent restoration and is now home to many traditional activities including an annual festival on the 11th day of lunar February. On that day, a statue of Linh Lang is ushered into the temple on a sedan chair carried by young men wearing light brown and red clothing. He is carried around an island that is situated in the middle of the zoo. In keeping with tradition, the speed and height at which the chair is carried must change from time to time, but the balance is maintained.


Quan Thanh is a Taoist Temple. After many geographical changes to the city’s layout, it is now located on the corner of Quan Thanh and Thanh Nien street, facing the West Lake. Dating back to the 11th century, the temple is dedicated to Tran Vu, one of the principle deities of Taoism.

During its long history, the site has been renovated several times, most recently in 1893 when the principal gate and the shrine were rebuilt, giving the architecture a mixture of the many different styles of the imperial area. The main features of the temple are a large yard shaded by a giant banyan tree and a shrine that contains a famous bronze statue of Tran Vu built in 1677. The statue measures 3.96m in height, weighs around 3,600kg and depicts Tran Vu as a deity with his two symbolic animals, the serpent and the turtle.

With its history, architecture and location, Quan Thanh temple is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. It is also a training venue for several traditional martial arts including Vovinam.


Cao Son Temple is located in Kim Lien village, Tay Ho District. Cao Son has appeared not once but twice in the ancient legends of the country. On the first occasion, he helped Son Tinh (Mountain Genie) in his victorious battle against Thuy Tinh (Water Genie) and he was on hand again to help King Le Tuong Duc put down an outrageous revolt, reviving the Le dynasty.

Built on a mound overlooking DongLamLake, the temple is a typical example of ancient architecture.

An annual festival is celebrated on the 16th of lunar March at CaoSonTemple. Among the many traditional games and activities that take place at the festival are bird fighting, a water see-saw and a cooking competition which takes place on boats.

The four tutelary gods of former royal capital Thang Long may have come from different times and beliefs, but have all been remembered and worshipped as heroes and protectors for over a thousand years by Hanoians. Their history may be contained in books filled with pages about wars, but the four sacred temples have always been there, giving their blessings to the people of the capital city.


In celebration of the 1,000th anniversary of Hanoi, historical sites all over the capital city are receiving special care. Quan De Temple at 28 Hang Buom street in the Old Quarter recently underwent restoration. Although it is quite the youngster being only 200 years of age, the site had been gravely damaged by natural causes. However, when it was reopened to the public last month, “90 percent of the original design was restored”, said Pham Tuan Long, deputy head of the Hanoi Old Quarter Management Department.

“It will act as a meeting place for local people, and an information centre to welcome visitors who are interested in the history of Hanoi’s Old Quarter,” Long said.

Re-opened in March, the centre will provide and promote activities to celebrate the city’s cultural heritage. It will also provide tourists and tour guides with information about the city, and in a city moving to modernisation at the speed that Hanoi is, it is refreshing to know that cultural and traditional values are still appreciated, cherished and thriving.

Source: VNA
Photo: dulichvietnam306

Source: QDND

Wartime UXO found in Bac Lieu province

In Uncategorized on August 13, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Wartime UXO found in Bac Lieu province

QĐND – Friday, August 13, 2010, 21:0 (GMT+7)

A 125kg unexploded bomb has been found in the southern province of Bac Lieu by workers at the Khanh Tam building material warehouse.

Lieut.-colonel Ho Van Dai, head of the Bac Lieu Military Headquaters’ sapper force, said the unexploded ordnance, which was made by the US in 1971, was inadvertently scooped from the Hau riverbed during the sand mining process in southern Can Tho City and was transported by the sand ferry to the warehouse.

Earlier, on August 2, two unexploded bombs, weighing 125kg and 250kg respectively, was also found among sand transported from the Hau river to another building materials warehouse in Bac Lieu.

According to Director of Vietnam’s Bomb and Mine Disposal Technology Centre Nguyen Trong Canh, many places in the country are still heavily contaminated with UXO, particularly the six central provinces of Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Ngai.

Thirty years after the war, bombs and mines are still taking a heavy toll on human life. To date, over 100,000 people in Vietnam have fallen victim to UXO, of which 42,000 died.

Every year, 20,000 hectares of land are cleared of UXO, yet there remains a lot of work to do before all contaminated land can be declared safe.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Residents donate land to build school

In Uncategorized on August 13, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Residents donate land to build school

QĐND – Friday, August 13, 2010, 21:1 (GMT+7)

PANO – Several ethnic minority people in Ngoc Wang Commune, Dac Ha District in the Central Highlands Province of Kon Tum, have offered land to build a school for local children.

The family of A Veng and Y Veh in the Kon Re Village has donated more than 2,000 sq. m. of land to build a 4-classroom-school.

A Hiep, Secretary of the commune’s Youth Union, said that the plot of land, which is near the road, is worth more than VND 100 million, but A Veng donated it to the local authorities.

With new class-rooms, he hopes that more local children will have a chance to go to school.

A Deh, a poor male head of household in Dac Dem village, has also offered land to build a school. He said that as local children need more class-rooms, he donated his land for that reason alone.

The district’s local authorities have presented Certificates of Merit to these residents.

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Vietnam to have internationally standard university in 2017

In Uncategorized on August 13, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Vietnam to have internationally standard university in 2017

QĐND – Friday, August 13, 2010, 21:0 (GMT+7)

The World Bank will provide 180.4 million USD for Vietnam in the form of preferential credit to build the Vietnam-Germany university.

An agreement to this effect was signed between the State Bank of Vietnam and the World Bank (WB) in Hanoi on August 13.

The project, which is scheduled to complete in November 2017, will develop infrastructure facilities as well as build a policy framework to make the Vietnam-Germany university a leading technology training and research centre in Vietnam, meeting regional and international standards.

The university is expected to enroll 5,000 students each year, half of them will follow post-graduate courses.

The university will include faculties specialised in electric and information technology, civil engineering, bio-technology, economics and industrial technology, computer science and natural science.

Addressing the signing ceremony, State Bank Governor Nguyen Van Giau spoke highly of the WB’s assistance to Vietnam in strengthening education capacity and development, especially tertiary education.

Construction of the university will help improve tertiary education quality in Vietnam, he said.

The project will receive technical assistance from a group of German experts.

The Germany government will finance the development and implementation of teaching programmes and cover expenses for its lecturers who will teach at the university.

Source: VNA/Vietnam+

Source: QDND

Nation’s highest bridge opens to traffic

In Uncategorized on August 13, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Nation’s highest bridge opens to traffic

QĐND – Friday, August 13, 2010, 21:0 (GMT+7)

Pa Uon bridge in the northern mountainous province of Son La has been opened to traffic, according to the project’s management board.

Construction of the bridge with abutments of 98 metres high, the highest in the country, started in May 2007.

The inauguration of the 938-m long bridge that connects Son La and Lai Chau provinces in the northern mountainous region facilitates vehicular traffic between the two and also effectively serves the northwestern region’s socio-economic development strategy and national defence.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Capital health, education centres ordered to relocate

In Uncategorized on August 13, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Capital health, education centres ordered to relocate

QĐND – Friday, August 13, 2010, 21:1 (GMT+7)

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has ordered a list of health and education centres that need to be moved out of inner Hanoi.

The order, given as a prelude to implementing the moves, was made at a meeting with the Construction Ministry and Hanoi municipal officials on Aug.11.

Their options are for the health centres and tertiary institutions to be shifted; upgraded or be used for other purposes.

The deputy prime minister said detailed policies for the health centres and tertiary institutions must be thoroughly assessed, especially those dealing with land, finance and investment procedures.

Hanoi has the most central hospitals in northern Vietnam and many are so overloaded they have to work at 200 percent of their capacity.

Four inner-city districts of Hoan Kiem, Dong Da, Hai Ba Trung and Ba Dinh host 16 medical clinics, some of which are located in high-density of residents and carry a high risk of infection.

Others are too small or located in places where urban development is limited.

The number of tertiary institutions in Hanoi city accounts for one-third of the country’s total and 40 percent of the students.

The four districts alone have 26 universities and colleges.

The rate of space for each student at many universities together with the land available for each university is well below the national standard.

Source: VNA/Vietnam+

Source: QDND

Vietnam, Laos boost social science research cooperation

In Uncategorized on August 13, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Vietnam, Laos boost social science research cooperation

QĐND – Friday, August 13, 2010, 21:3 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) will help the Lao National Social Science Institute improve its researchers’ capability for the 2011-2015 period.

The agreement to the effect was signed between the two institutes on August 13 under which both sides will conduct joint research and exchange experiences on theoretical and practical issues of their national development and international integration, their research results and related information.

Vietnam will help train researchers for the Lao institute as well as finance short-term study tours for six Lao researchers at the VASS.

The VASS has joined the Lao counterpart in six research projects, which cover the building and development of democracy in Laos, Lao social development, the globalisation impact on the Lao society and the study of the Mong ethnic group on the common border. The academy has also participated in compiling a book on the Vietnam-Laos history and the Vietnam-Laos social science dictionary.

Source: VNA/ Photo: gdtd

Source: QDND