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Floor price for Tra fish comes into effect

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Floor price for Tra fish comes into effect

QĐND – Friday, December 17, 2010, 20:56 (GMT+7)

The floor prices for exports of Tra fish will be enforced by the first quarter of next year, said Duong Ngoc Minh, Deputy Head of the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP).

This is the result of a meeting between 20 largest Tra fish exporters of VASEP at the end of last week.

Floor prices are now US$3/kg for white meat Tra fish and US$2.05/kg for the red meat. The prices for Tra fish bought from farmers must be more than US$1/kg.

These prices will not be applied in the US market due to the difference in payment methods relating to anti-dumping taxes.

Minh also said that the demand for Tra fish in the EU market is still rising despite being listed on the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) red list. EU customers want more Tra fish for fear of short in supply from Vietnam in the future.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

School essay contest comes back

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Students Le Phuc Duy An and Nguyen Thi Ngoc Nga of secondary schools including Dang Tran Con in Tan Phu District and Ly Chinh Thang in Hoc Mon District won the first prizes in the 8-9th grade and 6-7th grade categories of the annual “Prudential – Good Essay, Good Writing” contest 2010.

Secondary school students take part in the “Prudential-Good Essay, Good Writing” contest 2010 in HCM City on October 17.

In the 8th and 9th grade category, student Nguyen Thi Hong Duyen of the junior high school Dang Tran Con won the second prize.

Two third places went to Tran Nguyen Ngoc Ngan and Nguyen Ngoc Thanh Truc of secondary schools Nguyen Van To in District 10 and Hoa Lu in District 9.

Three consolation prizes were given to Nguyen Ngoc Song Anh, Le Luu Ky Ha and Mai Truc Nghi of junior high schools Le Loi in District 3, Le Quy Don in District 11 and Le Van Tam in Binh Thanh District.

In the 6th and 7th grade category, Phan Thi Thu Ngan from the secondary school Le Van Tam in Binh Thanh District won the second position.

Tran Nhat Ha and Nguyen Thi My Huyen of junior high schools Nguyen Du in District 1 and Tan Trung in Cu Chi District got the third places.

Organizers awarded three consolation prizes to Nguyen Thu Thao, Thai Ngoc Gia Phuc and Nguyen Thi Thanh Chi from secondary schools Le Van Viet in Thu Duc District, Nguyen Du in Go Vap District and Phuoc Vinh An in Cu Chi District.

Most of winners of the contest are from suburban districts.

The award ceremony for the essay contest will be held at the Ho Chi Minh City Youth Cultural House on October 31.

Source: SGGP

Hanoi comes alive in autumn

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 4:01 am

Hanoi comes alive in autumn

QĐND – Friday, October 08, 2010, 19:36 (GMT+7)

Hanoi will celebrate its 1,000th anniversary and 56th Liberation Day on October 10, making it an ideal time for tourists to explore the city.

Sai Gon Tourist Company is offering typical tours to favourite destinations in the north including the Hanoi-Autumn season, Ancient citadels of Vietnam, Sa Pa and Ha Long in Autumn.

Annually, the HCM City-based travel agency organises seasonal tours – Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter – to tourism sites throughout the northern provinces.

But this year, the Hanoi-Autumn season is seen as the most attractive programme as it coincides with the city’s millennium celebrations.

“We hope tourists will have more chances to witness numerous cultural festivities in Hanoi during autumn. It’s a special time,” said a marketing staff of the company, Hoang Thuy Linh.

“The Hanoi-Autumn programme has hosted around 12,000 tourists since early this year and hundreds of foreigners have flocked to the city this season,” Linh added.

She also said the capital had lured tourists with the season of fruits, com (young sticky rice) flake and cool weather.

The travel agency began preparing the tour last year to meet the increasing demand to visit Hanoi.

The four day and three night tour will depart from HCM City and wind through the Trang An tourism site in Ninh Binh Province, Hanoi and Ha Long Bay.

It costs 4.2 million VND (215 USD) per person.

After arriving in the capital, tourists will visit the four historic temples of Bach Ma (White Horse); Linh Lang, or Voi Phuc (Crouching Elephant); Tran Vu and Kim Lien – the homes of the four gods of the former royal capital – before touring part of the Royal Thang Long Citadel and the Temple of Literature.

A pedestrian route from the Quan Chuong Gate and exploring the city’s Old Quarter will close the first tour day.

“Tourists will go shopping at the biggest whole sale market of Dong Xuan in the middle of the Old Quarter, which is a symbol of the ancient capital,” said head of the agency’s Hanoi office Nguyet Nga.

The centre of Hanoi will be the main visit for the tour second day with a visit to sites around Hoan Kiem (Returned Sword) Lake such as Ngoc Son Temple and turtle tower.

“The lake is also the heart of Hanoi and visitors can experience a quiet moment as they walk around the lake and see the trees in the autumn.

The most visited places during the day are buildings dating back to the French colonial times including 1902-built Long Bien Bridge; the Opera House built in 1911 and 1931-constructed Museum of Vietnamese history.

The existence of buildings provides real samples of the capital’s varied history.

Travellers can ask tour guides to take them to the night market, which opens at 7pm and closes at midnight in Hang Ngang and Hang Dao streets, which were the former silk trading centre of ancient town.

The third day will start with a two-hour visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and One Pillar Pagoda before going to Ha Long Bay – the World Natural Heritage Site.

The seasonal programme also includes the vestiges of ancient imperial cities in a trip to the ancient capitals.

According Sai Gon Tourist’s marketing section, Doan Thi Thanh Tra, the tour offers visits to the former capitals of Hue, Hoa Lu in Ninh Binh, Co Loa and the UNESCO recognised Thang Long Royal citadel in Hanoi.

“We have intentionally arranged destinations in a combined tour, to help tourists gain a deeper understanding of Vietnamese history,” Tra explained.

“The destinations are quite well-known to Vietnamese people, but we link a string of citadels that were built from the country’s foundation to the current capital.”

Arriving in Hanoi on the morning flight, tourists will take a visit to Co Loa spiral Citadel, which was built in the third century BC.

From Thang Long Royal Citadel in Hanoi, visitors will return to country’s former capital of Hoa Lu in Ninh Binh Province – 100km south of Hanoi – in 968-1010.

“Hoa Lu was a capital nearly half century before it was moved to Hanoi by King Ly Thai To. The route will provide a real historical story of the former capital at Hoa Lu and Hanoi today,” Tra explained.

The former imperial capital of Hue will be the last place visited on the fourth day.

A night cruise on the Huong River with folk music will help people relax prior to their departure for peaceful mind for HCM City.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Bull comes back to Vietnam’s stock markets

In Uncategorized on August 13, 2010 at 11:23 am

Movements of VN-Index on August 13. (Photo: shares of 253 companies and five mutual funds listed on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange rebounded on August 13, thanks to rising bottom-catching demand after the Vietnam’s benchmark VN-Index sank to 440 points.

The gauge climbed 4.33 points, or 0.97 percent, to close at 452.73 points. Trading volume on the city bourse slightly fell over the previous session to nearly 46 million shares. However, trading value increased to VND1.34 trillion as the prices improved.

Of the index, 141 stocks jumped, 55 dropped, while 62 treaded water.

The order of three most active shares in volume was same as the previous day. Of which, Refrigeration Electrical Engineering Corporation (REE) took the first rank with 1.61 million shares changing hands.

It was followed by Saigon Thuong Tin Commercial Bank or Sacombank (STB), which had 1.49 million shares traded today.

From June 18 to July 27, Dragon Financial Holdings Limited, inside shareholder of Saigon Thuong Tin Commercial Bank or Sacombank (STB), registered to sell 15 million shares to restructure its investment category. However, it sold only 13.28 million shares because the prices were not as expected. Its current holdings were at 44,767,554 shares, accounting for 6.68 percent of STB’s chartered capital.

The country’s largest brokerage Saigon Securities Inc. (SSI) chased after with 1.39 million shares.

Viet Nam Golf Tourism Joint Stock Company (VNG) was the biggest gainer, advancing the daily maximum allowed limit of 5 percent to VND16,800.

From July 20 to August 15, Nguyen Minh Hai, member of the Board of Supervisors of Viet Nam Golf Tourism Joint Stock Company (VNG) sold 5,000 shares, reducing his holdings to 5,000 shares, for personal needs.

Pomina Steel Corporation (POM) capped its six-consecutive-trading-session losing streak, adding up 4.98 percent to VND31,600.

Binh Duong Trade and Development Joint Stock Company (TDC) edged up the first time in seven trading sessions. The company’s shares traded up 4.97 percent to VND33,800.

Meanwhile, construction company De Tam Joint Stock Company (DTA) collapsed 5 percent to VND22,800.

Dinh Vu Port Investment & Development Joint Stock Company (DVP) and Lilama 10 Joint Stock Company (L10) both gave up 4.99 percent to VND34,300.

Tran Van Tien, deputy general director of Lilama 10 Joint Stock Company (L10), registered to sell 27,000 shares between August 12 and October 12, sending his holdings to 112 shares, for personal needs.

Cuong Thuan Investment Corporation (CTI) sank 4.94 percent to VND40,400. The company announced that it would use the domain name instead of

The Hanoi’s HNX-Index finished at 134.97 points, rising 2.94 points, or 2.23 percent. The northern market saw 39 million shares change hands at VND963.41 billion.

The UPCoM-Index rose 0.87 points to 48.98. A total of 385,281 shares, worth VND6.41 billion, changed hands as of 11 am local time.

Source: SGGP

Oil comes ashore in Texas as BP dismisses money fears

In Uncategorized on July 7, 2010 at 4:13 am

Clean-up efforts in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill extended to Texas and Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana, as BP dismissed reports of deeper financial woes.

Officials said crews collected tar balls and waste from Lake Pontchartrain, the vast estuary near New Orleans, as rough weather continued to hamper the containment and skimming effort near the spill site in the Gulf.

US Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen said the huge spill was now threatening all the states along the Gulf coast from Florida to Texas and that rough seas since the passage of Hurricane Alex had hurt the effort.

Oil is cleaned off of a gull at a wildlife rehabilitation center in Buras, Louisiana, on July 5.

The first Atlantic hurricane of the year passed through the Gulf of Mexico last week without too much alarm for the oil containment efforts, but Allen said two nearby storm systems were being closely watched.

“We’re watching very, very closely the swells and waves that might be generated by this current storm system,” he said.

“Sometime in the seven to 10 days we’ll look for a window of opportunity to put the containment cap on at the same time we will go on and continue with the drilling of the relief well.”

A BP spokeswoman in London denied the firm was planning to sell new stock to a strategic investor to raise money, amid reports the British government is working on a crisis plan if the company is sunk by the disaster.

“We are not issuing any new equity,” she said. “We welcome new shareholders to come onto the shareholder register and we welcome existing shareholders who want to take a bigger amount of shares.”

The Times newspaper in London reported that officials at the Department of Business and the Treasury were already considering contingencies for BP’s potential collapse.

“It is not clear how bad this will get, but the government needs to be prepared for any eventuality,” an anonymous source said to be familiar with the talks was quoted as saying.

BP has forked out some 3.12 billion dollars in spill-related costs and has promised to pay another 20 billion dollars into an escrow fund to compensate Americans affected by the spill.

The BP-leased Deepwater Horizon rig sank on April 22, two days after an explosion that killed 11 workers, unleashing the worst environmental disaster in US history.

Sunday, tar balls from the spill arrived on beaches in Texas, more than 500 miles (800 kilometers) away, though it was unclear how the crude got there.

Tests showed they did come from the BP Deepwater Horizon well but scientists and officials were working to determine if they arrived in Texas by currents or via ships operating in the vicinity of the well head.

The tar balls in Lake Pontchartrain were also being tested.

Some 792 kilometers (492 miles) of Gulf Coast shoreline has been oiled, and fishing ground closures and tourist cancellations threaten financial ruin for residents who have reacted angrily to BP’s failure to cap the spill.

Up to 60,000 barrels of oil a day is believed to be leaking into the Gulf of Mexico, far outpacing the collection efforts of a system that is capturing around 25,000 barrels a day.

Officials hope to more than double that capacity to some 53,000 barrels a day by hooking up a third containment vessel, the Helix Producer, to the system that captures and siphons away the crude.

“There is a partial hookup right now and they can sustain that unless they have really severe sea states,” said Allen, the US official coordinating the spill response.

“We won’t know for several hours whether they’re able to do it. It currently is a work in progress.”

Officials were also testing a mega-tanker, A Whale, which could boost efforts to skim spilled crude from the sea surface.

The ship is believed to be able to suck up to 500,000 barrels (21 million gallons) of oily water a day through its “jaws,” a series of vents on the side of the ship.

By comparison, more than 500 smaller vessels in 10 weeks have only managed to collect some 31.3 million gallons of oil-water mix between them and high waves forced most of the boats to halt operations on Tuesday.

It will likely be mid-August at the earliest before the ruptured well is permanently capped by injecting mud and cement with the aid of relief wells.

The high end of the oil leak estimates means it has now surpassed the 1979 Ixtoc blowout, which took nine months to cap and dumped an estimated 3.3 million barrels (140,000 million gallons) into the Gulf of Mexico.

It is topped only by the deliberate release of six to eight million barrels of crude by Iraqi troops who destroyed tankers and oil terminals and set wells ablaze in Kuwait during the 1991 Gulf War.

Source: SGGP

Luxury cruise ship comes back to city

In Uncategorized on June 9, 2010 at 7:29 pm

After taking a one-year hiatus, the five-star cruise ship SuperStar Virgo returned to Vietnam on June 8.

Swimming pool on the SuperStar Virgo cruise ship

The cruise ship, transporting more than 3,000 visitors from Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and other homelands, landed Ho Chi Minh City’s Lotus Port, scheduled to stay for one day.

The travelers visited the city’s destinations, taking traditional Vietnamese food.

The cruise ship will be back to Vietnam June 22.

Saigontourist, the leading travel company in the country, has received more than 37,000 visitors in the first six months of the year.

Source: SGGP

Popular US jazz singer comes to Hanoi

In Uncategorized on June 3, 2010 at 10:08 am

American jazz singer Andromeda Turre visits Vietnam to perform at the Sofitel Metropole of Ha Noi from June 2 to August 31.

Andromeda Turre, a popular US jazz singer, was born in 1981 in New York. Her parents, Akua and Steve Turre are also popular artists in the US, who introduced her to the piano at the early age of five. Later, she would perform along side world-famous vocalist Ray Charles.

Andromeda Turre is not only a jazz singer, but also a professional dancer and actress who has performed in a play by directed by Woody Allen.

Her first album titled, “Introducing Andromeda Turre,” was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2008 for Best Vocal Jazz Album.

Tokyo Disney featured her for 14 weeks as the “Queen of the Blues.”

Turre’s three-month-long appearance in Hanoi begins at 8:45 pm at Le Club, where she will be performing Tuesday through Sunday.

Source: SGGP

Pope says Church ‘persecution’ comes from within

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2010 at 4:52 pm

LISBON (AFP) – A penitent Pope Benedict XVI referred to the paedophile priest scandal rocking the Catholic Church as he began a four-day trip to Portugal Tuesday, saying the Church’s “greatest persecution” came from its own “sin”.

“Today the greatest persecution of the Church does not come from outside, but from the sin inside the Church itself,” the pope told journalists aboard his plane before his arrival in Lisbon.

The 83-year-old pontiff, who met alleged victims of priestly sex abuse during a visit to Malta last month, said the Church’s forgiveness could not replace the need for justice.

Pope Benedict XVI reviews the honour guard upon his arrival at Lisbon airport. AFP photo

He said the Church had a “profound need” to “learn forgiveness and also the necessity of justice,” underlining that “forgiveness does not replace justice.”

The comments were the strongest yet on the issue from Benedict, whose five-year-old papacy has been rocked by allegations that the Vatican for years protected paedophile priests from prosecution in several European countries and in the United States.

The months-long scandal, which has seen bishops offer their resignation in Ireland and Germany, has overshadowed preparations for his four-day visit to overwhelmingly Catholic Portugal.

Wearing an ivory robe with a golden crucifix around his neck, a tired-looking Benedict walked gingerly down the gangway steps to be met by Portugal’s President Anibal Cavaco Silva and his wife Maria.

The president welcomed the pope to a “free and plural Portugal” whose people, he said, have “a calling to recognise the value of diversity”.

The centre-right president is due to decide next week whether to sign into law a bill passed by parliament which would make Portugal the sixth country to allow same-sex marriage.

Church authorities in Portugal said Benedict was likely to call on Portugal to uphold Christian values and urge solidarity across Europe’s struggling economies.

“I come as a pilgrim to Our Lady of Fatima,” the pope said in his speech on the airport tarmac.

Tens of thousands of festive Portuguese lined the leafy suburbs of Lisbon as Benedict took an eight-kilometre (five mile) ride aboard his white bullet-proof popemobile to the papal nunciature.

Pilgrims waved yellow and white Vatican flags and the red and green colours of Portugal as the pope passed by, raising his hands in acknowledgement.

“Viva o Papa,” the crowd chanted as he arrived at the nunciature and cautiously climbed down from the vehicle, before raising his arms in greeting.

Later Tuesday, Benedict is to pray in the chapel at the 16th century Jeronimos monastery in Lisbon, the burial site of the great Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama renowned for its religious carvings which have made it a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

He was also to pay a brief courtesy visit to the presidential Belem palace.

In the evening, the Portuguese Church expects up to 160,000 pilgrims to attend an open-air mass with Benedict in the historic Terreiro do Paco square on the banks of the Tagus.

“The pope will encourage institutions to lend a hand and show solidarity during difficult times,” said Carlos Azevedo, the auxiliary bishop of Lisbon and the visit’s chief organiser.

“Europe needs to be awoken, there is a lack of strong values. If there was greater ethical conscience, we would not have arrived at the current economic disaster.”

Tuesday evening’s mass is one of three giant gatherings scheduled for the visit, the “heart” of which, according to the Vatican, will be his stop in Fatima, the site where three shepherd children reported seeing visions of the Virgin Mary in 1917.

The pope’s visit to the sanctuary town comes exactly 10 years after his predecessor John Paul II beatified two of the children at the site, bringing them one step from sainthood.

A third open-air mass is to be held in the northern city of Oporto on Friday, shortly before the pope returns to Rome.

Source: SGGP

From war zones to malls, Christmas comes to Asia

In World on December 22, 2009 at 1:16 pm

From fairy lights and tinsel on military bases in Afghanistan to a Green Santa in Japan, a Secret Santa in South Korea and a Boozy Santa in Vietnam, Christmas has come to Asia — home, of course, to the World Champion Santa from Hong Kong.

This handout photo taken and received on December 20, 2009 from Wasabi Creations shows Hong Kong magician, Jimmy Chan (R), recently voted the world’s top Santa Claus, greeting visitors as he makes an appearance at a Hong Kong shopping mall. (AFP Photo)

For a region without all that many Christians, Asia has a lot of Christmas.

Jingle Bells is as likely to haunt shoppers in malls in Buddhist Bangkok or Islamic Jakarta as it is in London or New York.

And in the background can be heard the massed ringing of cash-registers in China’s southern Guangdong province, Santa’s modern grotto, which exported four billion dollars-worth of toys in the first nine months of this year.

While it is mainly the commercial and festive charms of Christmas that have worked their way into end of year celebrations in Asian countries, the region’s Christians keep the religious traditions alive.

In the Philippines, where some 80 percent of the population of about 94 million are Catholics, the season begins with nine pre-dawn masses from December 16 and ends with the celebration of Epiphany in January.

The military also takes a breather from fighting Muslim separatists and communist insurgencies with an annual Christmas truce, which is traditionally reciprocated by the rebels.

In Afghanistan there may be no truce, but US soldiers tramping back to base from muddy patrols through impoverished villages in biting temperatures are welcomed with Christmas trees, fairy lights and tinsel.

In Kandahar, one of the deadliest flashpoints in the war, Canadian Captain Glen Parent said carol singing, Christmas food with all the trimmings and church services will be laid on to create a home away from home.

In the capital Kabul, boutiques selling local embroidery and trinkets do a roaring trade as expatriate aid workers stock up on presents before flying home for the festive season.

But children in Japan are unlikely to be on the receiving end of any of those gifts if Green Santa gets his way.

“The green Santa Claus does not necessarily give out gift boxes to children, but he tells them how precious the natural environment is,” said Shoko Ito, director of the Green Santa Foundation.

“Instead of giving gift boxes, he promises children a peaceful and beautiful Christmas time in the future,” Ito said.

The group, which deploys a traditional Santa with a long white beard but clad in a green outfit, raises funds to conserve forests and gives lectures on environmental issues at schools.

In South Korea, by contrast, children eagerly await Christmas Eve when parents — whether among the country’s 13.7 million Christians or not — shower them with gifts in the name of Santa Claus.

Residents of the southwestern city of Jeonju will also be watching to see if a secret Santa — who has donated more than 81 million won (69,500 dollars) since 2000 — will visit again this year.

He has regularly left donations for needy residents — phoning in anonymous tips about where the cash can be found — but has never been spotted, local media report.

In communist Vietnam, with about six million Catholics in a population of 86 million, some churches in the capital Hanoi have been brightly decorated with lights and red bunting and carols can be heard in the evenings.

But the commercial side of the festival has also made its mark. Outside one bar a giant Santa stands on a bed of fluffy fake snow — clutching to his belly a monstrous can of beer.

Glitzy Hong Kong, however, has produced a real live Santa who in a recent competition in northern Sweden beat contestants from around the world in the traditional skills of chimney climbing, gift wrapping and reindeer racing.

A jubilant Jimmy Chan, a 44-year-old magician who had never seen snow before the contest and does not speak much English, wished everyone “Happy Christmas” in Cantonese on Swedish television.

While Chinese New Year may be Hong Kong’s biggest celebration, the former British colony still celebrates Christmas with gusto a dozen years after its return to China.

The city is festooned with Christmas lights, carols are inescapable in malls and office buildings and some retail workers — possibly against their will — have taken to wearing red Santa hats.

Other former British colonies also find space for Christmas festivities decades after winning their independence and despite Christians being in the minority.

Multicultural Malaysia, which enthusiastically celebrates Muslim, Christian, Chinese and Hindu festivals, is now festooned with tinsel, fake snow, and shopping centre tableaux of gingerbread houses and Christmas trees.

The population, which includes Muslim Malays and ethnic Chinese and Indians, is in the midst of a months-long series of festivals which begins with Ramadan and ends with Chinese New Year in February.

India’s Christian minority — which at 2.3 percent of the population is still a sizeable 24 million people — has celebrated Christmas openly in the majority Hindu nation for centuries.

In neighbouring Muslim Pakistan, however, the small Christian community in eastern Gojra is still reeling from August 1 riots, when an angry mob set upon Christian homes and churches, torching buildings and killing seven people.

Christians make up less than three percent of Pakistan’s 167 million population, and are generally impoverished and marginalised.

But Gojra’s local priest Father Shabir said he hoped Christmas would signal a new start for their small community.

“All our community is waiting for this first Christmas after the sad incident this August to start a new life. We are still sad, but we want to give a new message of hope on this Christmas,” he told AFP.

Christians in northern China are also facing a Christmas of fear after 10 local religious leaders were jailed in recent weeks and their new church shuttered amid a crackdown on unauthorised worship.

China officially provides for freedom of religion but in practice the ruling Communist Party restricts independent worship by forcing groups to register with the government.

Despite the problems Christians can face, businesses in China have latched onto Christmas as a fashionable, commercial venture as living standards have risen and contact with the West has increased.

Many shops in Beijing are decked out with decorations and trees, and some waitresses in Chinese restaurants have started wearing Santa hats — and, yes, Jingle Bells jangles nerves in the malls there too.


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Korean kim chi expert comes to Vietnam

In Vietnam Culture on November 14, 2009 at 10:35 am

Dr. Hangue Jeong, from the Korean Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, discussed how to make kim chi (pickled vegetables) at the Korean Food Festival in Hanoi November 13.

A kind of kim Chi

The food festival was held in Hanoi on November 13 and will run until 15.

Dr. Jeong said that Korea has nearly 200 kinds of kim chi, of which 50 are very popular in her country.

Korea has around 27 kim chi craftsmen and are considered a precious people by traditional food aficionados.

Dr. Jeong, whose major academic research is Korea’s traditional kim chi, will stay in Vietnam until November 15.

She said she will help visitors to make kim chi, as well as giving them a chance to enjoy kim chi.

The festival, part of a Vietnam-Korea cultural exchange program, aims to introduce Vietnamese consumers to more than 50 kinds of high-quality produce, like fruits, ginseng and kim chi.

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