A Japanese official in charge of a Hanoi preservation project says he needs the help of neighborhood residents Preserving Hanoi's oldest and most historic streets will require the full-fledged participation of the local community, Ando Katsuhiro, senior project formulation adviser from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), told Thanh Nien Weekly. Katsuhiro is in charge of the JICA's tourism and street conservation projects in the capital. Thanh Nien Weekly: What is the more valuable and unique characteristic of Hanoi's historic streets: their architecture or the lifestyles of the local residents? Ando Katsuhiro: Hanoi's old quarter is a cultural asset. This section of town is referred to as the "36 Guild Streets," where particular trades have been plied on each of the 36 different streets for centuries. These crafts still define these streets today. The 36 Guild Streets is chaotic and diverse, but the spirit of local people and their traditional craft still survives. … [Read more...] about Conservation of old-Hanoi needs community support
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VietNamNet Bridge - Duong Lam, in Son Tay town, Hanoi, Vietnam, is the first-recognized ancient village in Vietnam. The ancient village has a history of about 1,200 years with many houses dating back up to 400 years. Two of Vietnam’s kings, Phung Hung (761-802) and Ngo Quyen (896-944) were born in Duong Lam, giving the village its prestige. Both men led resistance wars against northern invasion and after winning national independence, were crowned kings. After their deaths, the local people built temples in their honor. Today, Duong lam village still retains most of the basic characteristics of a village of Vietnam with port village, trees, courtyard, temples, well, water fields… The roads of Duong lam were special because they have the shape as the bones of fish. Some features are still kept in Duong Lam ancient village is the old village gate in Mong Phu village. Duong Lam has 956 traditional houses, Dong Sang has 441 houses, Mong Phu has 350 houses and Cam … [Read more...] about Beautiful 300-year-old house in Duong Lam ancient village
VietNamNet Bridge – The bridges of Long Bien, Truong Tien, Mongolia and others are not only transport routes but part of Vietnam’s history and the lives of the Vietnamese people. The bridge was built by Japanese traders in the 17th century. In 1653, a Buddhist temple was built on the bridge. Since then the bridge has been called “Chua Cau” (Bridge Pagoda). The bridge was rebuilt in 1817. Thanh Toan tile bridge (Thua Thien – Hue): The wooden bridge spanning the canal of Thanh Thuy Chanh village, in Thuy Thanh Commune, Thua Thien – Hue province, is a rare and precious work of high artistic value. Pha Le … [Read more...] about The century-old bridges in Vietnam
Editor’s Note: Stivi Cooke is an Australian expat based in Hoi An City in central Vietnam. He is working as an English language and hospitality teacher in the city which houses Hoi An Old Town. The opinions are his own. Editor’s Note: Stivi Cooke is an Australian expat based in Hoi An City in central Vietnam. He is working as an English language and hospitality teacher in the city which houses Hoi An Old Town. The opinions are his own. Hoi An’s ancient town streets are bliss to walk in the evenings. The colors relax you, the chatter of kids and families chilling out in the evening air is charming and heartwarming. A great meal in the restaurants overlooking the river and the Christmas tree lantern lighting is a tourism postcard. It’s dreamy, heaven sent after the traffic madness of Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, with twinkling waters tranquil and still in the warm coastal air. This is the Vietnam of the tourist magazines and the image most often posted online … [Read more...] about ‘What’s the $6 fee to enter Vietnam’s Hoi An old town for?’
The Hanoitimes - Vietnam’s tourism industry has been actively courting the tourism markets in Russia, the Republic of Korea and Japan to offset the decline in Chinese tourists stemming from the East Sea dispute. Many localities and travel agencies are increasing the quality of services and increasing promotions in these markets. Opportunities to draw Russian arrivals The number of Russian tourists visiting Vietnam has been steadily increasing in recent years, skyrocketing 71% in 2013 compared to the previous year, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT). The upward trend is continuing this year as an increase of 27.98% of Russian arrivals was reported in the first five months of 2014. Favourite destinations of Russian tourists are Nha Trang, Phan Thiet and Danang and they most often spend a lot of money, in direct contrast to their more frugal Chinese counterparts. Phu Yen has been rising in popularity for Russian tourists and travel agencies are … [Read more...] about Vietnam: a safe and attractive destination for international friends.