Chèm Festival


VGP - The Chèm Communal House, 12km from Hà Nội, is located in Thụy Phương Village, near the southern end of Thăng Long Bridge. The village is part of Từ Liêm District, a suburban area of Hà Nội. The temple turns its back on one of the dykes, and overlooks the Red River.

HN to spend VND 500 bil. on stabilizing market prices in 2010


VGP – Hà Nội will use VND 500 billion (US $26 million) from the local budget to stabilize prices of prime commodities and rein in inflation. 

Majority of Hanoians agree with master plan for the capital


VGP – The Ministry of Construction (MoC) last week publicized outcomes of a referendum on the Master Plan for the Capital of Hà Nội through 2030 with a Vision to 2050.

HN eyes US $12,000 per capita income by 2030


VGP – Hà Nội determines to achieve seven-fold increase in per capita income in the next 20 years from US $1,700 in 2009 to US $12,000 in 2030.

A Deputy Minister of Culture to approve art and cultural activities for Hà Nội’s millennium


VGP – Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Lê Tiến Thọ is assigned to be in charge of assessing and approving programs, plans and scenarios for cultural and art activities of the 1000th anniversary of Thăng Long-Hà Nội.

Hàng Bạc Street


VGP - Hàng Bạc is one of Thăng Long’s oldest streets, dating from the 13th century. For centuries, it has been the center for gold, silver and money exchange, although it is now crowded with tourist cafes and craft shops.

Layers of meaning


VGP - It is an idle speculation, but one more thing, perhaps, to think about while walking the old streets, peering into the old houses and visiting the old temples.

Hà Nội receives UNESCO world heritage certificate for doctoral steles


VGP – Representatives of Hà Nội’s authorities on April 7 received an UNESCO certificate for recognition of the Temple of Literature’s 82 stone doctoral steles as World Documentary Heritage.

Three strategies for an industrialized and modernized Hà Nội


VGP – Hà Nội should target an annual gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate of 9-10% from 2011 to 2020 and 7.5-8.5% in the 2021-2030 period while ensuring average GDP per capita of US $5,100-5,300 in 2020 and US $11,000 -12,000 in 2030, according to the municipal socio-economic development plans discussed by the City’s Party officials on April 7.

The legend of restored sword lake


VGP - King Lê Lợi immediately took out the sword that had remained tucked in his waistband since his victory. He respectfully raised the weapon above his head. The tortoise took the sword and disappeared into the water, but the luster of the sword remained and spread over the surface of the water. Since that time, the lake has been named Hồ Gươm (Sword Lake) or Hồ Hoàn Kiếm (Restored Sword Lake).