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Ha Tinh recognizes more historical, cultural sites

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

The Ha Tinh Province People’s Committee has recognized another 17 historical and cultural relic sites.

Cho Cui Temple in the central province of Ha Tinh

The 17 new sites include Lieu Hanh Temple, Cho Cui Temple, Yen Ninh village communal house, and other temples and houses of worships in the central province.

Ha Tinh now has a total of 240 provincial and 71 national relic sites.

It is anticipated that Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will recognize the Nguyen Du relic site as especially significant vestige this year. Nguyen Du was a a great poet of Vietnam.

Source: SGGP

Historical relics fall into obscurity

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:52 am

The oldest tomb from Nguyen Lords’ time – Queen Doan Thi Ngoc royal tomb and the only remaining work from Tay Son Dynasty – Hoang De (Emperor) Citadel have been severely ruined in the central region.

Relic turns into cattle farm

The royal tomb of Queen Doan Thi Ngoc in Quang Nam Province is in need of restoration and repair (Photo: SGGP)

The royal tomb of Queen Doan Thi Ngoc is located in Chiem Son Village, Duy Trinh Commune, Duy Xuyen District, and Quang Nam Province. Doan Thi Ngoc was praised for her contribution in the development of mulberry growing, silkworm breeding and silk weaving, in the area in 17th century.

Tam Tang Village had made several types of famous silk, which is both sold locally and around the world. In March every year, local authorities organize the Tam Tang female-lord festival, in commemoration of her.

There is a concrete wall built to protect the tomb, but the Iron Gate in front of the tomb has collapsed. As a result, local residents are now using the relic site as cattle ground.

Head of Chiem Son Village Nguyen Van Thanh said, “the tomb is located far from any residential areas, and as a result, management have neglected the site, letting it to become a cattle farm”.

In 1975, authorized officials regarded the relic as a ‘vestige of the feudal regime’. This led to local residents taking resources from the site and using them as housing materials.

In addition, thieves have used explosives in the attempt to find hidden treasure on the site.  Gold was once thought to be buried in the tomb.

Other than a concrete wall and the installation of a sign, the relic site has yet to be restored. Quang Nam Province now has over 49 national relics, with four of them being used for illegal purposes. Of the 256 provincial relics, 21 are still in need of restoration, 32 have been severely ruined and 89 relic sites have completely disappeared.

Forgot Emperor Citadel

Hoang De (Emperor) Citadel from Tay Son Dynasty has fallen into decay in Binh Dinh Province. King Thai Duc or Nguyen Nhac, who was eldest brother of Quang Trung Emperor, in Nhon Hau Commune, built the Citadel in the An Nhon District in 1776.

After Nguyen Anh assigned the throne in 1802, he destroyed relics relating to Tay Son Dynasty. The Hoang De Citadel relic has been considered as the only architectural work from Tay Son period that still exists in Vietnam.

Since 2004-2007, Binh Dinh Museum, have worked with the Vietnam Institute of Archeology to excavate the site and discovered several objects that have historical value.

After many years, it has fallen in decay and has been exposed to the weathering elements.  At present, the citadel’s is over growed with grass and in severe decay.

Tran Duc Tong, who looks after the relic, said, ”the site has been recognized as a national historical and cultural relic by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, but it has been neglected for a long time”.

Source: SGGP

The People’s Army Newspaper and historical landmarks

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2010 at 2:24 pm

The People’s Army Newspaper and historical landmarks

QĐND – Monday, October 18, 2010, 21:19 (GMT+7)

PANO – First circulated on October 20th, 1950, the People’s Army Newspaper has closely grown with the development of the Vietnamese Revolution, of the People’s Army and of the Armed Forces of Vietnam.

The history of the People’s Army Newspaper (PAN) is part of the history of the leadership and organisation of the Communist Party of Vietnam in the cause of resistance wars for the national liberation, as well as the history of building, fighting and working of the People’s Army, armed forces and Vietnamese people, which clearly demonstrated the precise and successful leadership and guidance of the Central Military Commission, the Ministry of Defence and the General Department of Politics.

As an organ of the Central Military Commission and the Defence Ministry, the voice of the armed forces and people of Vietnam, the People’s Army Newspaper has been a reliable and sharp-worded weapon of the Party and the Army in politics, ideology and culture for 60 years now. The Newspaper has also been the voice of the Party, the Army, armed forces and Vietnamese people on important issues of the country and of people.

Moreover, the Newspaper has seen as a mental and political bridge between the Party with the Army and Vietnamese people and an essentially and closely mental food for troops and various readers.

The People’s Army Newspaper has greatly contributed to the revolutionary and developmental cause of the country.

Established during the war against the French colonists, at the same time with the Victory of the Border Campaign in October 1950 and in the new development of the resistance war and the People’s Army of Vietnam, the People’s Army Newspaper became a new effective weapon.

During the historical Dien Bien Phu Campaign, the People’s Army Newspaper made public a special publication, encouraging soldiers and civilians in each battle. The presence of the People’s Army Newspaper on the Dien Bien Phu Front was a success for the Newspaper, particularly speaking, and for the Vietnam Revolutionary Press, generally speaking.

During the period of building the army since peace was set, the Newspaper had a lot of articles to encourage a patriotic emulation movement, “Ba Nhất” (Three Leadings, Leading in military and technical practice, Leading in discipline and model, Leading in work and production), demonstrating movements of “Sóng Duyên Hải” (Coastal Wave) in the industry and among workers, “Gió Đại Phong” (Huge Typhoon) in agriculture and farmers in the North.

In addition, the Newspaper’s articles also actively helped promote patriotism, revolutionary spirit, close sentiments of the North and the South among the Vietnamese people, as well as affirm the armed struggle for the South liberation and national unification.  

As the American imperialists waged a fierce war against North Vietnam, the whole nation of Vietnam was in danger.

Doan Cong Tinh, a newspaper photographer of PAN in Quang Tri  (3-1972)

In late 1964 and early 1965, the Newspaper highlighted the brave, determined example of Battalion 14’s commissar, Nguyen Viet Xuan, whose order was “Look straight at the enemy and shoot”. The order was soon turned into a big propaganda on the Newspaper, praising the strong will and attitude of Vietnamese troops when facing American ruthlessness and weapons.

In fact, the order also reflected the PAN’s will and attitude in the war against the American imperialists for national salvation.

During that time, PAN reporters were assigned to cover activities in fronts and battle-fields. Big movements, emerging examples, daringly political and military comments were featured on the PAN, partly promoting revolutionary heroism and strong determination among the whole soldiers and civilians, step-by-step approaching to the last victory of the sacred resistance war. Movements included “Double work for the South”, “Nothing is more precious than independence and freedom”, “Three Readinesses”, “One wins over 20”, “Life is best at the front against the enemy”, “Going through Truong Son range to save the country” and so on.

Covering the war against the American imperialists for national salvation, PAN developed into a new comprehensive and brilliant height, and became a reliable address of the army and people as well as an international prestigious newspaper in the world. It deserved to be a leading political newspaper of the Press of Vietnam.

Since 1977, when wars were launched on the Southwestern border and in the Northern border, PAN followed Vietnamese volunteers in the neighboring country, Cambodia. Many PAN’s articles deeply featured sacrifices and bright examples of the Vietnam People’s Army, who was determined to protect the nation and to show solidarity and pure and impartial friendship.

During the “Doi Moi” process, PAN was among leading newspapers to analyse and make clear the Party’s Doi Moi viewpoint that Doi Moi was to firmly protect the national independence and socialism; Doi Moi so as to stabilise and develop the country; Doi Moi from the Party to the whole society, in thought and in action.

PAN highly spoke of good examples in the army and localities during this process.

During the fall of Soviet Union and several socialist republics, PAN actively helped brighten the Party’s policies to follow the way that President Ho Chi Minh, the Party, the whole army and people selected.

Besides, PAN reflected initial achievements during the Doi Moi process, greatly contributing to erasing any doubts, fluctuating opinions and wrong points of view among readers and laying a firm foundation for them to strongly believe in the cause of constructing and developing the country.

PAN’s weekly, “PAN at Weekends”, and monthly publications, “Events and Witnesses”, were debuted in 1990 and March 1994 respectively, to meet demand of a large number of readers inside and outside the army.

In early the 21st century, PAN has renovated itself along with strong and deep development of the press. Since December 22nd, 2002, PAN has doubled its daily publication to eight pages, supplying readers more updated news with diversity of contents, featuring all fields in the army and throughout the country.

Also, the Online People’s Army Newspaper was introduced later for domestic and international readers.

Attentively, PAN’s articles have featured big movements among the Party, Army and People including “Studying and Following Ho Chi Minh’s Thoughts”, “Studying and Following the Moral Example of Ho Chi Minh”; highly spoken of the national industrialisation and modernisation and international integration, the cause of constructing the whole people’s national defence closely linking with people’s security and building a regular, elite, modern and revolutionary army.

PAN has lively and directly reflected army units readiness for newly and urgent-assigned tasks, daring to sacrifice to save the lives of people in floods, assisting local citizens in poverty and hunger elimination and preventing social evils.

PAN has proved the tradition of Uncle Ho’s Soldiers in the new period.

Furthermore, a lot of articles printed and posted on PAN have criticised wrong and hostile viewpoints with tricks aimed at separating the great national solidarity bloc, the Party and the Government from people.

For 60 years now, PAN has greatly contributed to the revolutionary war and the national construction and defence. Its great achievements have been recognised by the Party, the State and the Army as well. In 2000, PAN received the title of “Hero of the People’s Armed Forces”. In 2005, PAN was honorably conferred the “Yellow Star Medal”, the most noble of the nation.

This year, on its 60th birth anniversary, PAN received the title “Labor Hero” recognising its outstanding achievements during the Doi Moi process and the cause of the national construction and defence.

With various noble titles, PAN is deserved to its name which was named by Uncle Ho and be the newspaper of Heroic People’s Army of Vietnam forever.

Compiled by Manh Hung

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Historical sites at risk for damage, transgression

In Uncategorized on July 5, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Many of Ho Chi Minh City’s historical sites have been severely damaged and denigrated, experts said at seminars on “searching and preserving value of historical sites,” and “planning, preserving and promoting value of historical sites in HCMC within 2010 and 2010,” held by the municipal Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism.

Phung Son (or Chu Go) Pagoda on 3/2 Street has been transgressed by pavement cafes.  (Photo: Sggp)

Surveys have shown that historical sites including Phung Son and Giac Vien pagodas in District 11, Hung Loi pottery-kiln in District 8 and others are being used, controlled, transgressed and otherwise misused. People have occupied the land illegally for living, trading or storing.

The city now has 73 artful edifices, whose architecture dates back hundreds of years, which have been damaged due to time and weather.

It is not easy to restore ancient constructions. Apart from the need for major capital, experts have to focus on the risk of losing their specific historical and cultural traits.

Streets built in 1872 have been broken down for the construction of buildings and trade centers. Hai Thuong Lan Ong in District 5 is now the only remaining ancient street in Ho Chi Minh City.

The municipal government and functional departments should plan the city in accordance with the Cultural Heritage Law to preserve ancient artful architecture, said scientists.

Source: SGGP

Work starts on Truong Bon historical relic site in Nghe An

In Uncategorized on June 26, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Work starts on Truong Bon historical relic site in Nghe An

QĐND – Saturday, June 26, 2010, 21:17 (GMT+7)

After over a year of preparation, the construction of the Truong Bon historical relic site started at the My Son commune, Do Luong district in the central province of Nghe An on June 25th.

Present at the ceremony were Nguyen Dac Vinh, Secretary of the Central Youth Union and also the Chairman of the Vietnam Students’ Association, representatives of the Ministry of Transportation, and leaders of Nghe An province.

With Nghe An Provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism as a project holder, the VND175,4 billion structure was designed by the Hanoi-based Cultural Project Construction and Design Joint Stock Company.

The project, expected to be completed in five years, will become a centre of the historical and cultural tourism in Nghe An province.

Source: TTO

Translated by Vu Hung

Source: QDND

City’s important historical site in danger of falling into oblivion

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2010 at 12:48 pm

While the Cu Chi Tunnels has long been one of hottest attractions for both local and international tourists, another historical underground site, the Phu Tho Hoa Tunnels, has not achieved popularity among the people of Ho Chi Minh City.

                              Phu Tho Hoa Tunnel

Located at 139 Phu Tho Hoa Street in the Tan Phu District, the tunnel was built in 1947 and is more than one km long.

There, army troops concealed themselves during the nation’s two resistance wars against the French and the Americans.

The tunnel was recognized as a “National historical site” by the Ministry of Culture and Information (former name of the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism) in 1996.

Now, however, the important historical site has been all but deserted. Rarely, meetings of veterans have been organized at the site, and sometimes schools in the district take students there on field trips, in the hopes imparting knowledge of revolutionary traditions to the younger generation.

“The tunnel with very few scattered objects has been damaged by the weather and time,” said Mr. Ngo Van Chung, head of Tan Phu District’s traditional department.

Municipal and local authorities should focus on commemorating the memories of martyrs of the revolutionary period, building steel reinforcements in order to display for future generations, how these tunnels functioned.

In addition to restoring and preserving the Phu Tho Hoa Tunnel, efforts must be made in advertising, to bring sufficient attention to the tunnel, so that the cultural historical site may become a destination for future visitors, as well as upcoming generations of Vietnamese people.


Source: SGGP

Quang Tri holds seminar on region’s historical events

In Vietnam Society on September 11, 2009 at 7:35 am

An international seminar of historical events in Laos and Vietnam’s Central region was held at the Lao Bao border gate, central province of Quang Tri, September 8.

Politburo member Truong Tan Sang speaks at the seminar

The discussion was attended by local leaders, including former Party General Secretary Le Kha Phieu; Mr. Truong Tan Sang, Politburo Member of the Communist Party and Permanent Member of Secretariat of the Party Central Committee; Mr. To Huy Rua, head of the Party Central Committee Commission of Propaganda and Training and chair of the Steering Board for compilation of the history of the special Vietnam-Laos relationship.

The seminar also welcomed Laotian leaders Samane Vinhaketh, Politburo member of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) and head of the LPRP Central Committee’s Steering Board for Ideology, Theory and Culture and chair of the Steering Board for compilation of the history of the special Vietnam-Laos relationship; and Phandouangchith Vongsa, member of the LPRP Central Committee (LPRP CC) and head of the LPRP CC’s Commission for Information and Training, as well as deputy chair of the Steering Board for compilation of the history of the special Vietnam-Laos relationship.

Mr. Truong Tan Sang stressed that the compilation steering board should focus on strategic locations and importance of Laos and Vietnam’s Central region, basing factors on victory of the two countries in the anti-American and French resistance wars and building the East-West Economic Corridor.

Mr. To Huy Rua highly appreciated the seminar’s clarified historical events of Laos and the Vietnam’s Central region and showed the special solidarity between the two countries.

The seminar was organized by the Vietnam’s Party Central Committee Commission of Propaganda and Training; and Department of Information and Training of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) Central Committee.

Source: SGGP

Hanoi keen to welcome more tourists to historical sites

In Uncategorized on October 7, 2008 at 2:06 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – Hanoi, with its abundance of beautiful landscapes, has attached great importance to developing both its historical and cultural tourist industry, according to a municipal official.

On the sidelines of the 7th annual conference of the Council for Promotion of Tourism in Asia (CPTA) taking place in Hanoi between Oct. 5-10, Deputy Director of the city’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Cao Thi Ngoc Lan said Hanoi is home to more than 4,000 historical sites, of which 1,400 are certificated.
The capital city is also increasing its focus on developing other types of tourism such as MICE tourism, trade street tourism and festival tourism.

In August 2008, Hanoi’s area tripled from 920 sq.m to 3,200 sq.m with a total population of nearly 7 million people, becoming one of the 17 largest capitals in the world. This expansion has created opportunities for the capital city’s tourism sector to develop more types of tourism, including eco-tourism, relaxation breaks and trade village tourism.

Also at the conference, Vice Chairwoman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Ngo Thi Thanh Hang affirmed that the tourism industry should become an important economic sector, adding that it is one of the city’s top priorities.

Hanoi’s tourism development plan is suitable for CPTA’s objective of launching a marketing campaign entitled “Welcome to Asia” and other related marketing activities that will further the prosperity and development of CPTA member cities’ tourism networks, she said.

Since 2001, Hanoi has enjoyed an annual growth in tourism of 10 percent and the number of international visitors to the city accounted for 30 percent of the country’s total foreign arrivals.

In the first nine months of this year, Hanoi has welcomed nearly 1 million foreign tourists and 5 million locals, representing respective increases of 5 percent and 15 percent over the same period last year.-