The cleaning of Noon Gate in Hue Imperial City (Photo: Karcher) The handover ceremony of the Cleaning Project will take place in the morning of April 26 at presence of German Ambassador Christian Berger and representatives of the Thua-Thien-Hue Province. Over decades, the tropical climate, with plenty of rain and high humidity, has led to the original colour of the brickwork and the grey limestone being covered in dark organic vegetation. This damages the façade’s surface in the long term. Kärcher cleaning experts remove these deposits from Noon Gate, which was erected in 1804 and is the largest of the four main gates that frame the imperial city. Hue was built by Emperor Gia Long based on the model of the Forbidden City in Beijing, and it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993. Cleaning challenges Their country's cultural heritage is of special importance to the people of Vietnam. Thus, a particularly careful and gentle approach is … [Read more...] about Kärcher helps preserve cultural sites in Vietnam
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The War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City found a place on a list of the world’s Top 10 museums announced recently by TripAdvisor, the world’s most popular travel guide and review website, based on the quality and number of traveler reviews and ratings published over the last 12 months. First opened in 1975 as the Museum of Chinese and American War Crimes, the War Remnants Museum at 28 Vo Van Tan Street in District 3 is a must-see for anyone who wants to know about Vietnam’s history. The museum comprises a series of themed rooms in several buildings, with period military equipment placed within a walled yard, such as helicopters, fighters, bombers, and tanks. A number of pieces of unexploded ordnance are stored in a corner of the yard, with their charges and/or fuses removed. It also has over 20,000 artifacts, images and documents with short texts in English, Vietnamese and Japanese that relive the atrocities, including war crimes perpetrated by colonial and … [Read more...] about HCMC’s War Remnants Museum on TripAdvisor’s Top 10 list
Nguyễn Phương Trà My (left) plays the youngest wife in the film The Third Wife. —Photo www.tiff.netViet Nam News HÀ NỘI — A Vietnamese film about arranged marriage and forbidden love will have its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on Friday. Người Vợ Ba (The Third Wife) is director Nguyễn Phương Anh’s first feature. The 96-minute movie is set in the late 19th century in rural Việt Nam when a 14-year old girl is given away in an arranged marriage and becomes the third wife to her older husband. She learns that she can gain status and security if she gives birth to a male child. This becomes a real possibility when she gets pregnant. But her path is fraught with danger when she starts to develop an attraction for the second wife. As she observes the unfolding tragedy of forbidden love and its devastating consequences, she must make a choice, to … [Read more...] about Female director’s first feature to show at TIFF
Viet Nam News By Văn Châu For history lovers, few places in Việt Nam can match Huế, the former royal capital, in the central province of Thừa Thiên - Huế. As a southerner from Bình Dương Province, I was intrigued to visit the city for the first time recently. Upon arrival, I was impressed by its quiet and deliberate lifestyle as well as the kindness of local residents. Whenever I asked anyone where I should go first, the answer was always “the Citadel”. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is justly famous. Huế Citadel was founded as Việt Nam’s capital city by King Gia Long - the first king of the Nguyễn Dynasty in 1802. The dynasty, which had 13 Nguyễn kings, reigned until 1945. The massive complex features hundreds of monuments and ruins, including the residence of the royal family, which was badly damaged by time and wars. Trần Thanh Toàn, a 48-year-old visitor from … [Read more...] about Former capital of Huế a historical gem
Donald Trump dangled the carrot of foreign investment in front of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at their nuclear summit, but analysts say few will want to put money into one of the highest-risk business environments in the world. The U.S. president showed Kim a movie of bright lights, high-speed trains and soaring tower blocks - pitching a future that could be possible if Pyongyang gives up its weapons. Optimists say that with mineral wealth, cheap labour, and a helpful geographical location, the North has huge potential. But the history of overseas firms who have tried to set up operations in the isolated, impoverished country is a long and sorry one. Rules that can change on a whim, bills that are never paid, and the threat of expropriation hang over foreigners who step into the wildest of wild east investment destinations. For now, dozens of restrictions apply under the various sanctions regimes imposed on the North over its nuclear ambitions. Joint ventures are banned by the U.N. … [Read more...] about Invest in North Korea: money pit or golden opportunity?