HCM City prepares for world cultural festival with Gyeongju

HCM City preparing for world cultural festival with Gyeongju  Liem made the remark at a meeting with Joo Joong Chul, Deputy Governor of Gyeongsangbuk-do province in the southern economic hub on August 25. Gyeongju is a city in the Republic of Korea’s Gyeongsangbuk-do. Liem said HCM City always listens to feedback and opinions from the RoK’s side during their joint preparation for the festival. Joo Joong Chul thanked the city authorities and relevant agencies for their assistance and cooperation goodwill, and asked for further support to ensure the success of the festival. Reporting on preparation progress, he requested HCM City leaders to help extend the use duration of land used for materials storage serving construction of facilities for the festival, particularly in key areas like the 23/9 Park and Nguyen Hue Street. He also asked for more intensive promotion of the festival on the local media and across streets. Taking into account his guest’s recommendations, Liem tasked relevant agencies with working with the RoK side to promptly tackle these issues and ensure preparation process to run on schedule. The HCM City- Gyeongju World Cultural Festival 2017 is set to kick off in mid-November and last for 25 days. Featuring a host of cultural-art events, sport and youth exchanges as well as trade cooperation activities, it will take place across popular public gathering sites such as the Nguyen Hue pedestrian street, 23/9 Park, and Ben Thanh theatre. Source: VNA... [read more]

NDO - Bui Vien Street, a popular destination with Western backpackers in Ho Chi Minh City, has been pedestrianised and officially opened to the public on the evening of August 20. This is the second walking street in Vietnam’s southern economic hub after Nguyen Hue Street opened in 2015. Bui Vien Street is pedestrianised from 7pm to 2am the next day on Saturday and Sunday, during which no motor vehicles are allowed to travel on a 1.4 kilometre long section from the intersection with De Tham Street to the intersection with Do Quang Dau Street. The granite pavements along the streets were installed with stages for arts performances as well as retail kiosks which offer a wide range of products for visitors to choose from. Visitors to Bui Vien Street, located in Pham Ngu Lao Ward of District 1, also have access to Wi-Fi services, can use public toilets and look for tourism information free of charge. Director of the HCMC Tourism Department Bui Ta Hoang Vu stated that the opening of this pedestrian street is designed to diversify the city’s tourism offerings, attract more tourists, encourage them extend their stays and increase their spending. He added that the city welcomes all feedback from tourists and will continue to make necessary changes to meet the needs of those visiting the street. For years the area around Bui Vien Street has become a favourite destination of tourists from both Vietnam and abroad, with Pham Ngu Lao Ward welcoming about 500 visitors…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Nguyen Thi Hau, vice general secretary of the Viet Nam History Association, spoke with Viet Nam Government Portal (chinhphu.vn) about how the urbanisation process has affected urban architecture heritage sites. Nguyen Thi Hau, vice general secretary of the Viet Nam History Association. Photo cand.com.vn The concept of urban heritage seems to be new in Viet Nam. Why do we distinguish urban heritage from heritage in general? Actually, we are still getting acquainted with the concepts of tangible and intangible heritage. The concept of urban heritage mentions cultural architecture in urban areas. In the past, we paid less attention to urban heritage. But in the last 10 years, the changes of the city during urbanisation have caused us to notice urban heritage issues. What are the difficulties and challenges faced by preservationists? According to my research on urban heritage in big cities in Viet Nam, particularly in HCM City, the urbanisation process is one of the threats to heritage sites. It doesn’t mean that modernisation is in contradiction to preservation, but the contradiction is caused by our policies and views. If we attach importance to urban heritage, we must have policies to preserve these heritage sites during urbanisation. But if we think they aren’t important, we will not care and be aware of their value in order to create measures to protect them. I think this will cause damage to the heritage sites. Are there any damaged or destroyed heritage buildings or sites, particularly in HCM City, which…... [read more]

Traffic routes near Nguyen Hue Street adjusted Dao Loan Traffic routes on some roads in downtown HCMC such as Nguyen Hue and Ngo Duc Ke will be changed to make way for the Nguyen Hue Flower Street and the Book Road Festival in the upcoming Lunar New Year, or Tet. Construction work has already started on the flower street along Nguyen Hue. The municipal Department of Transport said road users will not be permitted to travel on the streets of Mac Thi Buoi and Ngo Duc Ke – a section between Dong Khoi and Nguyen Hue, from January 19 to 25, due to the ongoing construction work on Nguyen Hue Flower Street and the Book Road Festival. In addition, this ban will apply to Nguyen Hue Boulevard’s mixed lane stretching from Ton Duc Thang to Nguyen Thiep streets. The alternative routes will be Ton Duc Thang-Hai Ba Trung-Le Thanh Ton or from Ton Duc Thang, then turn right to Ham Nghi-Le Loi. Many road sections will be closed to serve these two events, namely Le Loi, Nguyen Hue, Nguyen Thiep, Mac Thi Buoi, Ngo Duc Ke, Hai Trieu, Huynh Thuc Khang and Ton That Nghiep, from January 25 to 31. Local residents in aforesaid areas will be allowed to travel as instructed by traffic police officers.... [read more]

The newspaper describes the Reverie Saigon's design as "unapologetic splendor" and its rooms "ranging from sophisticated modern and classical European to whimsically sassy." Reverie Saigon on Nguyen Hue street, Ben Nghe ward, District 1, HCM City is set to open this summer. Each of the 286 rooms features floor-to-ceiling windows, and there are 12 categories and sizes of rooms, the hotel announcement says. Furnishings have been designed by Italian designers Visionnaire, Provasi, Giorgetti and Colombo Stile. In-house restaurants include R&J Italian restaurant and lounge, named for Romeo and Juliet, which serves traditional Italian food, and the design-heavy Royal Pavilion with classic Asian decor. It serves Cantonese cuisine. The Long @ Times Square acts as a casual dining and gathering spot, with as many as 10 bartenders mixing decadent cocktails at a 157-foot bar, which stretches from Dong Khoi Street to Nguyen Hue Boulevard. Rooms range from US$450 to US$550 a night (VND9.8 million-12 million), while suites are priced at US$800 to US$15,000 a night (VND17-320 million). Here are some photos:... [read more]

As usual, Nguyen Hue flower street will be the centrepiece of the traditional Lunar New Year (Tet) festival this year which falls on February 9, 2013. It is scheduled to open at 7pm on February 7 and close at 10pm on February 13. There will be flower arrangement exhibitions and food stalls along Le Loi street. To welcome New Year 2013, a stage will be put up on Nguyen Hue street for art performances on December 30-31. Short-range fireworks will be set off from two places: the bank of the Saigon River in district 2 and Dam Sen Cultural Park in district 11 from mid-night to 0.15am on January 1. Fireworks will be also set off at 0.15am on February 10, 2013 from four places: Saigon River in district 2, Dam Sen Cultural Park in district 11, Ben Duoc Revolutionary Party Monument in Cu Chi district and Ethnic Cultural, Historic Park in district 9. Nguyen Hue, Le Loi, Dong Khoi, Le Duan, Pham Ngoc Thach streets will be lit up by decorations of all sorts.... [read more]

Former Party General Secretary Le Kha Phieu and State President Truong Tan Sang attended the opening ceremony of the event, which helps generations to learn about the city known as “The Pearl of the Far East” down through the ages. The festival, divided into four display areas with books on culture, knowledge and national sovereignty, and favourite books, is being staged in the streets of Mac Thi Buoi, Nguyen Hue, and Ngo Duc Ke in district 1. Readers have the chance to explore differing viewpoints on the love and pride of Vietnamese for the nation’s sea and islands through great thinkers’ books from seven publishers participating in the event. Together with the annual Nguyen Hue Street Flower Festival kicking off the same day, the Book Street Festival 2014 is part of cultural activities celebrating the Lunar New Year festival.... [read more]

The Nguyen Hue Flower Street 2017, an annual biggest and most anticipated event welcoming the lunar New Year will be opened to the public at 7 p.m. on January 25 and run until the evening of January 31 (on December 28- January 4 of the lunar calendar). This year’s event themed “The city named President Ho Chi Minh- glorious inspiration” will describe Ho Chi Minh City as a dynamic, civilized, and modern city. The flower street will spread from Nguyen Hue-Le Thanh Ton crossroad to Nguyen Hue-Ton Duc Thang junction with a total length of 720 meters.Artisan Nguyen Minh Phuong who has spent tens of years to make sacred animals from the Zodiac of the event will continue to present visitors a family of 17 chickens, including a cock, a hen and 15 chicks. They will be placed at the gate in the corner of Le Loi and Nguyen Hue streets as sacred objects of the year 2017.The event will feature thousands of flower pots of various ornamental plants and flowers as well as bringing the rural sense to city with the images of sceneries of the quiet countryside.Meanwhile the annual book street festival during the Tet holiday season will take place from January 25-31 (on December 28- January 4 of the lunar calendar).This year’s event themed “The city named President Ho Chi Minh- glorious inspiration” will be held along the main city streets including Mac Thi Buoi, Nguyen Hue and Ngo Duc Ke. The book fair will be divided…... [read more]

Japanese retailing chain for affordable fashion and lifestyle products, Miniso has opened two stores in Ho Chi Minh City on December 17 as it continues its rapid Asian expansion. More than 50 percent of thousands of products, including fashion accessories, electronics, homewares and beauty products are sold at prices starting from VND43,000 or about US$2. Mr. Miyake Junya, global co-founder and chief designer of Miniso said that Vietnam is considered a bridge linking to Southeast Asian market. As planned, the Japanese-styled store will be opened in nothern cities, including Vinh in Nghe An province, Ha Long in Quang Ninh province, Hai Phong and Viet Tri in Phu Tho province from now until February, 2017; and increase its stores up to 60 in 30 cities and provinces nationwide in 2017. Miniso expects to open 6,000 stores globally by 2020.... [read more]

Only rich kids could afford to break from the minimalist style that dominated in the post-war era Life in Vietnam during the 1980s was known as Thoi bao cap, the Subsidy Period, which came after the country gained liberation in 1975. Basic necessities were all in very short supply and only available using government ration cards and stamps. In the wake of the war, fashion was certainly not a priority for most Vietnamese folks, whose minds were occupied by daily necessities like rice, meat and condensed milk. Photos courtesy of Michel Blanchard and others Related news: > Eighties Hanoi: Photos tell story of life after death... [read more]

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