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Ancient martial arts school under renovation

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:09 am




Ancient martial arts school under renovation


QĐND – Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 21:34 (GMT+7)

A 1-billion VND (50,000 USD) renovation project on the Xien Vo Temple in the ancient capital of Hue has been launched by the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre.


The project, which deals with the temple’s main compartment and two wings, is expected to be completed by October.


The building, also called Vo Ban Temple, was used as a martial arts teaching facility for children of high-ranking mandarins under King Minh Mang (1820-40).


Recognised as a provincial historical and architectural vestige in 2006, the temple presents features of a ruong house – a typical wooden house that once dominated the city.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Trip to Duong Lam ancient village

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Duong Lam ancient village, about 46 kilometres from Hanoi, is a famous Vietnamese ancient village of Hanoi and also the first ancient village recognized at the national level on 19 May, 2006.

Mong Phu gate with banian tree and river wharf.

A journey to the village is a trip to trace back the origin of Vietnam’s culture and tradition. This is also the great chance explore architecture of ancient houses while wander along its narrow alleyways, visit temples dedicated to the two kings born there, and most interesting of all, chat with locals living in the ancient houses.


Duong Lam Ancient Village is the only place in Vietnam where two kings came from.


Phung Hung (761-802) and Ngo Quyen (808-944), who were born and grew up in the village, led the resistance to and had victories over China’s Sung and Southern Han troops to recover national independence. They both became kings. After they died, temples were erected to worship them.


The village is a place to see for tourists from far and wide on the occasion of the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi. It is included in tours of many travel companies. Two of its famous places are Sung Nghiem Tu (Mia Pagoda) and Mong Phu Temple. Mia Pagoda is on a small hill in Dong Sang Hamlet.


The shape of Duong Lam road is fishbone.


To date, the Duong Lam village has 800 ancient houses.

 

Village well

Old Laterite wall

A 200-year old house in Mong Phu Hamlet



Source: SGGP

Trip to Duong Lam ancient village

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 4:00 am




Trip to Duong Lam ancient village


QĐND – Sunday, September 26, 2010, 21:0 (GMT+7)

Duong Lam ancient village, about 46 kilometres from Hanoi, is a famous Vietnamese ancient village of Hanoi and also the first ancient village recognized at the national level on 19 May, 2006.


A journey to the village is a trip to trace back the origin of Vietnam’s culture and tradition. This is also the great chance explore architecture of ancient houses while wander along its narrow alleyways, visit temples dedicated to the two kings born there, and most interesting of all, chat with locals living in the ancient houses.


Duong Lam Ancient Village is the only place in Vietnam where two kings came from.


Phung Hung (761-802) and Ngo Quyen (808-944), who were born and grew up in the village, led the resistance to and had victories over China’s Sung and Southern Han troops to recover national independence. They both became kings. After they died, temples were erected to worship them.


The village is a place to see for tourists from far and wide on the occasion of the 1,000th Anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi. It is included in tours of many travel companies. Two of its famous places are Sung Nghiem Tu (Mia Pagoda) and Mong Phu Temple. Mia Pagoda is on a small hill in Dong Sang Hamlet.


The shape of Duong Lam road is fishbone.


To date, the Duong Lam village has 800 ancient houses.


Source: SGGP


Source: QDND

Ancient species discovered in Barrier Reef depths

In Uncategorized on July 16, 2010 at 8:47 am

SYDNEY (AFP) – Australian scientists have discovered bizarre prehistoric sea life hundreds of metres below the Great Barrier Reef, in an unprecedented mission to document species under threat from ocean warming.


Ancient sharks, giant oil fish, swarms of crustaceans and a primitive shell-dwelling squid species called the Nautilus were among the astonishing life captured by remote controlled cameras at Osprey Reef.

Australian scientists have discovered bizarre prehistoric sea life hundreds of kilometres below the Great Barrier Reef. AFP

Lead researcher Justin Marshall Thursday said his team had also found several unidentified fish species, including “prehistoric six-gilled sharks” using special low-light sensitive cameras which were custom designed to trawl the ocean floor, 1,400 metres (4,593 feet) below sea level.


“Some of the creatures that we’ve seen we were sort of expecting, some of them we weren’t expecting, and some of them we haven’t identified yet,” said Marshall, from the University of Queensland.


“There was a shark that I really wasn’t expecting, which was a false cat shark, which has a really odd dorsal fin.”


The team used a tuna head on a stick to attract the creatures, which live beyond the reach of sunlight.


Marshall said the research had been made more urgent by recent oil spills affecting the world heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, and the growing threat to its biodiversity by the warming and acidification of the world’s oceans.


“One of the things that we’re trying to do by looking at the life in the deep sea is discover what’s there in the first place, before we wipe it out,” Marshall told AFP.


“We simply do not know what life is down there, and our cameras can now record the behaviour and life in Australia’s largest biosphere, the deep sea,” he added.


Scientists have already warned that the 345,000-square kilometre (133,000-square mile) attraction is in serious jeopardy, as global warming and chemical runoff threaten to kill marine species and cause disease outbreaks.


Chinese coal ship Shen Neng 1 gouged a three-metre scar in the reef when it ran aground whilst attempting to take a short cut on April 3, leaking tonnes of oil into a famed nature sanctuary and breeding site.


About 200,000 litres of heavy fuel oil spewed into waters south of the reef last March when shipping containers full of fertiliser tumbled off the Hong Kong-flagged Pacific Adventurer during a cyclone, piercing its hull.


It was one of Australia’s worst ever oil spills.


Marshall said the cameras would now be sent to the sludge-ridden Gulf of Mexico to monitor the effects of the oil spill there on marine life.

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Source: SGGP

Ancient rural life in heart of Hanoi

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 9:00 am




Ancient rural life in heart of Hanoi


QĐND – Saturday, July 10, 2010, 21:36 (GMT+7)

Right in the heart of Hanoi, tourists can see and touch the simple life of the Vietnamese countryside several centuries ago while visiting the Museum of Farming Tools and Daily Life Essentials of Northern Farmers.


The museum, covering 100 sq. m. on Van Ho street, was founded in 2004 by a retired publishing house employee, Tran Phu Son, who has spent more than 20 years collecting over 200 objects to display at the museum.


Flour mills, earthenware and copper basins dating back hundreds of years and rice-grinding mills available only in the 19 th century are among the objects which are no longer in use today.


A bamboo bucket to water crop fields or a palm coat which was used to help farmers struggle against three different severe weather conditions–the heat, the cold and the rain–provide a glimpse into ancient life in the countryside.


The museum owner said he rummaged everywhere in the northern countryside to collect objects essential to ancient rural life, to help young generations better understand their ancestors.


“All the exhibits here are evidence of my devotion to keeping the past alive for the future. Anyone interested in studying the life of northern farmers will be welcome here,” said Son, who devoted over 40 years to the publishing industry.


Besides the museum on northern rural life, which is among the first three private museums in Vietnam, Son plans to establish another museum in Ho Chi Minh City, dealing with pottery from all parts of the country.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Ancient Hanoi recipe wins worldwide fame

In Uncategorized on June 20, 2010 at 8:27 pm




Ancient Hanoi recipe wins worldwide fame


QĐND – Sunday, June 20, 2010, 22:26 (GMT+7)

A simple fish recipe, created a century ago, is drawing people from all over the world to the Hanoi family home of the creator of the dish.


Now a restaurant, Cha Ca La Vong (La Vong grilled fish) is run by the descendants of the dish’s creator.


The fish dish and the restaurant are named for a statue that used to stand in front of the house. The statue was of a Chinese general known as La Vong, sitting with a fishing rod.


Inside the house 100 years ago, the great-grandfather of the current restaurant owners dreamed up a new way to serve fish, with turmeric, green onion and dill.


In 2003, the restaurant was included in “1,000 Places To See Before You Die” by American travel writer Patricia Schultz. The MSNBC website later narrowed the book’s list down to the world’s 10 “must see” places, putting Cha Ca La Vong at number five.


The history of the Doan family is as colorful as the dish it’s famous for.


In the mid-1800s, the family began allowing Vietnamese soldiers, who were trying to oust the ruling French, to hide in their house. They served their guests their special fish dish, cha ca La Vong.


To raise extra money to fund their rebel-hiding activities – and provide a cover for the house’s mysterious comings and goings – the family opened a restaurant serving only cha ca La Vong.


The original recipe remains a Doan family secret but Le Thi Bich Loc, one of the current Doan family restaurateurs, told Vietnam News Agency the secret to cha ca La Vong was making it with quality ingredients.


To make the dish, Loc said fillets of catfish or snakehead fish are filleted and marinated for at least two hours with galangal, pepper, fish sauce and turmeric. The fillets are then grilled on a coal stove, turned frequently until each piece is a deep golden color.


The next stage of the cooking is done at the table, on a small pottery burner. The grilled fish is fried with dill, green onions and peanuts, a step that is believed to bring out more flavor.


The sizzling hot fish fillet mixture is then placed into a bowl with Vietnamese vermicelli, pickled spring onion bulbs and aromatic herbs. The finishing touch is a few drops of fermented shrimp paste.


The restaurant only buys shrimp paste from northern ThanhHoaProvince. This regional specialty has a light flavor and turns white when mixed with lemon juice.


Vietnamese wine is said to further compliment the taste of cha ca La Vong.


The dish became so famous that Hanoi authorities renamed the entire street Cha Ca Street (Fried Minced Fish Street). The restaurant remains in its original location, at 14 Cha Ca Street in Hanoi, and Cha Ca La Vong was registered as a trademark in 1989.


Source: tuoitrenews


 


Source: QDND

Ancient crater still holds water

In Uncategorized on June 4, 2010 at 6:20 pm




Ancient crater still holds water


QĐND – Friday, June 04, 2010, 21:19 (GMT+7)

Pleiku City in the central highlands province of Gia Lai is famous for its magnificent waterfalls, green forests, rugged mountains and charming lakes, of which Bien Ho is a must-see destination for tourists to the city.


About six kilometers north of Pleiku City, Bien Ho, or Sea Lake, is a crater that has been dormant for millions of years. Its surface area is about 250 hectares and its average depth is from 20 to 40 meters.


A visit to Bien Ho and its surrounding mountains and pines is an escape from the chaos of the city. There is a watchtower affording spectacular mountain views and simple boats for hire to cruise around the giant lake for an amazing summer experience.


Bien Ho is an eco-tourist site for nature lovers, a romantic rendezvous for couples and a provider of water for hundreds of locals. This lake has never been known to dry up.


To reach Pleiku City, book with a travel agent on Pham Ngu Lao Street or catch a bus from Mien Dong Bus Station for around VND200,000.


Source: VietNamNet/SGT


Source: QDND

Gov’t okays preservation of ancient northern port city

In Uncategorized on May 31, 2010 at 11:41 pm




Gov’t okays preservation of ancient northern port city


QĐND – Monday, May 31, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a master plan on preserving, restoring and promoting the values of the ancient town of Pho Hien in the northern province of Hung Yen by 2020.


According to the decision, the plan will zone the architectural space of for preservation and will be divided into seven sub-projects.


Subprojects No. 1, 2, 3 and 5, to be implemented between 2010-2015, will classify the relics, relocate residents from the relic sites and conduct excavation work.


Under subprojects No. 4 and 6, relics within and outside the boundary of the ancient Pho Hien will be restored, while subproject No. 7, to start in 2015, will improve the community’s capacity in management and protection of the relics.


Formed in the early 16th century, Pho Hien, 62km northeast of Hanoi, was a crowded and bustling commercial port, receiving ships from China, Japan, Indonesia, the UK and France.


At present, Pho Hien remains an ancient architectural area with streets bearing the Asian-European architecture, over 60 historical relics and 100 steles together with many temples and pagodas.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Hanoi hosts exhibition of ancient Asian artefacts

In Uncategorized on May 25, 2010 at 9:23 am

57 ancient tombs with mummies unearthed in Egypt

In Uncategorized on May 25, 2010 at 5:16 am