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New tourism park opens in HCM City

Update: February, 10/2010 - 10:07

HCM CITY — The Mot Thoang Viet Nam (Viet Nam at a Glance) tourism park in Cu Chi District will officially open for the Lunar New Year break after nearly two decades of planning and construction.

During the Tet Festival the park will offer a mix of traditional Tet tradition from the nation's three regions.

Food specialties, flowers and traditional music and plays from around the country will be available from the first day (Sunday, February 14) to the tenth day (Tuesday, February 23) of Lunar New Year.

There will also be Vietnamese cooking and craftmaking workshops at the craft village featuring rattan products, silk weaving, woodcarving, ornamental plants, embroidery and conical hat making.

The park management has recruited an additional 200 staff to serve an estimated 40,000 – 50,000 visitors during the New Year holiday.

An exhibition will showcase artifacts from the Dinh, Le, Ly and Tran dynasties and present displays about wars in Viet Nam spanning thousands of years.

One million carps released at Tri An Lake

HCM CITY — One million baby carps were released into Tri An Lake by Dong Nai Province's Vinh Cuu Nature Reserve on Saturday on the occasion of the Kitchen God Day.

On the day, which falls on the 23rd of the final lunar month before the New Year, Vietnamese people traditionally make offerings to Ong Tao (Kitchen God) and set carps free for the genie to ride to heaven for his annual meeting with the Emperor of Heaven.

The tiny carp or fries, which were contributed by local fishermen whose livelihood depends on the lake, were released from 50 fishing boats. The fish cost VND300 million (US$16,000) in total.

It is the first time fries were released into the lake in large numbers in an attempt to develop the fish reserve that has been exhausted due to overfishing.

Vinh Cuu Nature Reserve says it will make the Kitchen God Day release an annual event for local fishermen to enhance their awareness of fish conservation. A second release is planned in September.

Ha Noi holds short film contest

HA NOI — The Ha Noi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism has launched a short film contest on the theme of Thang Long-Ha Noi as part of the city's 1,000th anniversary celebrations.

Each video clip should last three minutes and feature specific characteristics of the capital, and the daily life of Hanoians today.

Videos should be sent to the Ha Noi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, 47 Hang Dau Street before March 26. Entries which pass the first round will be posted to for public voting.

Winning works will be used as promotional films for the anniversary and will be kept as part of a cultural preservation project for future generations.

Ancient capital to be excavated

NINH BINH — A project to excavate the central remains of the former Vietnamese capital of Hoa Lu, in the northern province of Ninh Binh, has begun with aim to estimate and preserve the historical value of a site that was host to the capital of the Dinh, Le and Ly dynasties for 42 years ending in 1010.

Archaeologists previously studied an area of 500sq.m and discovered a variety of valuable objects related to the three dynasties. The excavation will take place simultaneously with the display of any recovered artefacts to the public.

The project was launched under the auspices of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Viet Nam Museum of History.

Book documents descendents of exiles

HA NOI — The book Ly Dynasty's Descendants in South Korea compiled by Duy Khoat has been released to celebrate Ha Noi's 1,000th anniversary.

It provides valuable documents about the generations of Ly kings since Prince Ly Long Tuong, King Ly Anh Tong's son brought his family, crown and imperial robes to South Korea in 1226 when the Ly dynasty collapsed.

The number of Ly dynasty's descendants in South Korea has reached 4,000. — VNS

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