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O Quan Chuong relic site restored

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:13 am

O Quan Chuong relic site restored

QĐND – Tuesday, January 04, 2011, 20:43 (GMT+7)

PANO – An inauguration ceremony for the restored O Quan Chuong Relic Site was held on January 4th, 2011, at O Quan Chuong in Hanoi, with the presence of Mr. Michael Michalak, the U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam, and Ngo Thi Thanh Hang, Deputy-head of the Hanoi City People’s Committee.

O Quan Chuong, Hanoi’s last remaining ancient city gate and a landmark of Hanoi, was built in 1749 during the Le Dynasty, and ruined by the ravages of time.

With a US $74,500 grant from Ambassadors’ Fund for Cultural Preservation from the U.S. Department of State, Vietnamese restoration experts have worked for several months to repair damaged sections and to strengthen the gate’s foundation.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Michalak expressed his happiness at the success of the first stage of the restoration of O Quan Chuong.

He also hoped that O Quan Chuong, the symbol of the resilience of the people of Hanoi, would be a symbol for the friendship between Vietnam and the U.S.A.

While looking around the restored O Quan Chuong, the U.S. Ambassador joyfully repeated the word “Great” many times.

On behalf of the Hanoi City People’s Committee, Ms. Hang expressed gratitude to the U.S. Embassy for its support for the restoration of the ancient city gate. She stressed that “This will be a symbol of the cooperation, respect and relationship between people of Vietnam and the U.S.A.”.

On this occasion, she asked relevant agencies to work with each other to carry out solutions to preserve and promote values of the O Quan Chuong relic site, in order to attract more and more domestic and international tourists to O Quan Chuong and the Capital of Hanoi.

Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Dong Thap reopens Nguyen Sinh Sac relic site

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:57 am

Nguyen Sinh Sac relic site was inaugurated in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap on Thursday after one year of restoration.

A view of the lotus pond in Nguyen Sinh Sac relic site (Photo: SGGP)

The province People’s Committee hosted the inauguration ceremony and the 81st death anniversary of Uncle Ho’s father in Cao Lanh town with the attendance of Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong and chairman of Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Huynh Dam.

Representatives from central ministries and departments, Ho Chi Minh City, Nghe An Province and Mekong Delta provinces were also present at the event.

Construction of the Nguyen Sinh Sac relic site began in 1975 and completed two years later.

The site, recognized as the national cultural and historical relic in 1992 by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, receives about 300,000 visitors annually.

In December last year, the province began the site’s restoration with a total capital of over VND95 billion (US$4.7 million).

Nguyen Sinh Sac- father of President Ho Chi Minh was a mandarin of Nguyen Dynasty who resigned and then became a harbal doctor to help the poor. He passed away in 1929  in Mekong Delta Province of Dong Thap as his son Nguyen Ai Quoc (an alias of President Ho Chi Minh) was looking for ways to salvage the country from French colonialists.

The area now comprises Nguyen Sinh Sac’s tomb, a exhibition house of his life and cause, a flower garden, an Uncle Ho house on stilts, a lotus pond and a corner of Hoa An Village where the late president’s farther treated diseases for the poor and passed away.

Source: SGGP

Central region’s tourist site resumes its operation

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Central region’s tourist site resumes its operation

QĐND – Thursday, October 28, 2010, 20:46 (GMT+7)

The Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park in the central province of Quang Binh resumed receiving domestic and foreign visitors as of October 26th after a disruption of nearly a month due to the flooding, said Luu Minh Thanh, Director of the park’s management board.

The recent flooding in October cost the popular tourist site VND4.2 billion. Many tourism facilities, such as the Culture and Ecology Tourism Centre, lighting in the Phong Nha cave, and a wharf, were seriously damaged by the flooding.

The management board of the tourist site sent 150 employees to clean up the environment and repair tourism facilities in order to receive visitors as soon as possible.

Local people with heroic deeds, such as Nguyen Van Diep, Ngo Tam and Nguyen Van Ninh, who rescued hundreds of people during the flooding, continue to carry tourists to visit the caves.

Source: Tuoi Tre

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Dong Xuan Market becomes a tourist site

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 4:02 am

Dong Xuan Market becomes a tourist site

QĐND – Thursday, September 16, 2010, 20:25 (GMT+7)

The Dong Xuan Joint Stock Company, in conjunction with Hoan Kiem District’s People’s Committee in Hanoi, is planning to launch a tour to explore old streets and go shopping at the Dong Xuan Market, as part of activities towards the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long–Hanoi, with an aim to attract more tourists to the city.

At present, the company is checking all stores for the quality and prices of goods as well as sellers’ behavior and attitude.

In addition, a large hall will also be built at the market to show short films about histories of Hanoi’s old quarters and the market.

Over the years, the market, one of the biggest in Hanoi, has become a place to preserve cultural values and helps reflect the life of the people in old-time Hanoi.

Source: HNM

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Russia steps up battle to contain fire near nuclear site

In Uncategorized on August 12, 2010 at 11:21 am

MOSCOW, Aug 12, 2010 (AFP) – Russia on Thursday sent a special firefighting train to join over 3,400 firefighters battling to douse wildfires close to its top nuclear research centre, officials said.

While no blazes had been registered on the territory of the nuclear research centre in Sarov in central Russia itself, a nearby nature reserve has been on fire for around a week.

Authorities on Thursday were boosting firefighting teams to more than 3,400 people to keep the fire from spreading to Sarov, a town in the Nizhny Novgorod region still closed to foreigners as in Soviet times.

The nature reserve is located in nearby region of Mordovia and tree leaves and pine needles on the surface — and not the trees themselves — now are burning and smouldering, said Mikhail Turkov, a spokesman for the emergencies ministry’s Volga regional branch.

“Two planes and two helicopters are currently circling over Sarov,” Turkov told AFP. “Reconnaissance is being constantly conducted from the air.”

More than 3,400 people and a firefighting train were involved in putting out the fires, while a second train was currently on its way to the scene. The firefighting trains contain vast amounts of water and special hoses.

Volunteers relax as they prepare for extinguishing a fire at a forest near the village of Tokhushevo ,some 50 km outside Sarov on August 11, 2010. AFP

A new fire in the area broke out late Wednesday when lightening hit a pine tree, the local emergencies ministry said.

A spokeswoman for the Sarov nuclear center confirmed to AFP there were no fires on the centre’s territory and said its staff was not being evacuated. She declined to give further details.

Two soldiers were killed by blazing trees as they strove to put out a fire close to the centre on Monday.

Russia is battling what experts say is the worst heatwave in its millenium-long history which has affected nearly all areas of life and may shave off one percent from Russia’s gross domestic product, according to some estimates.

Source: SGGP

Hanoi to standardize tourist voice-over on the Royal Citadel Site

In Uncategorized on August 4, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Hanoi to standardize tourist voice-over on the Royal Citadel Site

QĐND – Wednesday, August 04, 2010, 20:36 (GMT+7)

PANO – The Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism will unveil its project, titled “Standardizing the tourist voice-over on the Royal Citadel Relic Site”, this September, said Mai Tien Dung, the Department’s deputy director.

According to Mr. Dung, Hanoi tourism sector was very happy and honourable as the World Heritage Committee (WHC) on August 1st recognized the Thang Long Royal Citadel of Vietnam as a World Heritage.

“Just looking at the excavation site, tourists will find it hard to acknowledge and identify its beauty and value as well”, said Mr. Dung. Thus, “the Department’s project will help more and more international and domestic tourists know and understand historical, cultural and political values of the Thang Long Royal Citadel Site”.

The Thang Long Royal Citadel Site will be opened for the public this mid-September, said Mr. Nguyen Manh Hung, head of the Department of Heritage under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in an interview with the Tien Phong Newspaper on August 2nd.

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Dai Nam Tourist Site gets US$150 million expansion

In Uncategorized on July 2, 2010 at 2:22 pm

More than VND3 trillion (US$150 million) will be invested in the second phase of the Dai Nam Tourist Site, announced the Dai Nam Joint Stock Copmany at the 2nd anniversary of the parks’ founding on July 1.

                  Dai Nam Tourist Site

“The company will focus on building a miniature of Vietnam and a miniature world,” said Dai Nam Director-general Huynh Uy Dung.

“The second phase construction will be completed soon. We hope that the park will be a pride for Vietnamese people and a place honoring Vietnamese traditional culture” he added.

The Dai Nam Tourist site covers on an area over 450 hectares in the town of Thu Dau Mot, Binh Duong Province, about 45 minutes drive from HCM City.

The first stage of the park was put into operation at a total cost of more than VND2.5 trillion (US$125 million).

The park received more than 3.5 million visitors last year and is expected to attract over 5 million in 2010, and 10 millions in 2012, the company said.

Source: SGGP

Old Hanoi house to be preserved as tourist site

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Old Hanoi house to be preserved as tourist site

QĐND – Thursday, July 01, 2010, 21:23 (GMT+7)

Hanoi authorities have decided to preserve an old house at 11 Hang Bac Street, in Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem District, as a tourist site. Amidst the hustle and bustle of city life, the house looks like a small oasis, bringing passers by feelings of peace and tranquility.

The house is owned by Pham Ngoc Giao, eldest son of 98-year-old woman Pham Thi Te. His family bought the house in 1945.

The house exhibits harmony between Vietnamese décor and French architecture. Striking amid greenness of mature trees is the red-tiled roof, curved in the style of the traditional Vietnamese pagoda. Large pillars, many windows and separated rooms make people think of old houses in Paris.

The house has two storeys and has about 200 square meters of floor-space. It is in a poetic 180-square-meter garden with flowers, mature ornamental trees and clusters of bamboo. Paths in the garden are shaded by lines of areca and small bamboo trees, arousing in people peaceful images of the countryside.

Through ups and downs of history for nearly a century, the house has kept its old decorations and some wooden tables and chairs and paintings.

The house, particularly with the garden, has gained much attention and high evaluation from local and foreign experts. It has been listed in the book “The 36 guild streets area in Hanoi’s Ancient Quarter”, by Japanese experts.

After preservation, the house will be developed as a tourist destination for city tours in Hanoi. The site is expected to give visitors a glimpse of  old Vietnamese architecture and culture, as well as to give tourists a space of stillness and peace, escaping from the bustle of urban life.

Source: VietNamNet/SGT


Source: QDND

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

Al-Qaeda announces death of top leader Yazid: SITE

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2010 at 7:47 am

KABUL (AFP) – Al-Qaeda has announced the death of a trusted aide to Osama bin Laden and its top leader in Afghanistan, Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, the SITE group which monitors Islamist websites said on Tuesday.

Yazid, an Egyptian national also known as Sheikh Said, was said to be a founder member of Al-Qaeda and a former treasurer to bin Laden.

Mustafa Abu al-Yazid seen on al-Qaeda’s as-Sahab Media in February. AFP file

The SITE statement did not say how Yazid died, but said the message from Al-Qaeda to jihadist forums said his wife, three of his daughters, his granddaughter, and other men, women, and children, were killed.

Yazid was on the list of individuals, organisations and charities whose assets were frozen by the US Treasury in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

According to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, it was Yazid who transferred funds via Dubai for Mohammed Atta, Marwan al-Shehhi and Wal al-Shehri, three of the September 11 hijackers who flew aircraft into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon.

Yazid, said to be a former member of the Egyptian Jihad, has appeared in a number of videos released by Al-Qaeda since he first appeared as head of Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan in May 2007.

His last public statement was in a message released on May 4, SITE said.

Source: SGGP