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Nation's first private weapon museum opens to public

Update: January, 10/2012 - 10:05


BA RIA – VUNG TAU — The country's first weapon museum recently opened in the southern coastal city of Vung Tau.

The 1,500sq m museum features 1,200 various kinds of guns, 1,000 swords and 500 army uniforms from the UK, Turkey, Mongolia, China and Viet Nam, all dating back to the 19th century.

Wall reliefs in the museum depict historic battle scenes such as Waterloo.

The museum is owned by Robert Taylor, 61, from the UK, whose wife Nguyen Thi Bong is Vietnamese. He has lived in the city since 1991.

Taylor has been collecting old weapons and army uniforms since he was 19 and said he wished to give the collection to Viet Nam, his second motherland.

Bong said the museum was free to the public during this initial period.

Hung wins Artist of Year and Favourite Artist awards

HCM CITY — Singer Dam Vinh Hung won the Artist of the Year and Favourite Artist awards at the Zing Music Awards ceremony held in HCM City on Sunday.

His albums Xot Xa (Torment) and Anh Con No Em (I Owe You) were also named in the awards' Top 10. Dan Truong and Dong Nhi shared the Favourite Artist award with Hung.

The New Artist award went to Duong Trieu Vu and Van Mai Huong, while Tran Tuan Luong and Khoi My won the Most Promising Singer award.

V.Music won the Favourite Band award.

The annual awards were instituted by the music-sharing website in 2010. — VNS

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