HN to host craft week in August


VGP – Under the theme “Thousand-year Quintessence,” the Hà Nội Craft and Fine Art Products Week 2010 will take place on August 4-9 to highlight traditional culture of local craft villages.

HN plans to increase flexible bus routes


VGP - Hà Nội’s Department of Transport is planning to increase the number of flexible bus routes, which skip bus stops and bypass traffic jams by taking alternative routes, according to Deputy Director of the Department Nguyễn Hoàng Linh.

A long-term conservation plan needed for the Imperial Citadel


VGP – It is necessary to adopt a master planning scheme for the long-term conservation of the historical site of the Thăng Long Imperial Citadel at No. 18 Hoàng Diệu Street, said Mr. Nguyễn Văn Sơn, Director of the Conservation Center for Cổ Loa and the Hà Nội Ancient Citadel.

The monk in Sài Mountain and Cổ Loa Citadel


VGP - To the north of Cổ Loa Citadel lie seven mountains called Thất Điệu Sơn (Thất Điệu Mountains). According to legend, these mountains were seven tortoises that came from the north. The biggest mountain located in Nhồi Village was the mother tortoise, and the smallest mountain beside it was the youngest tortoise. The other tortoises were older so they went further away and spread to Găng Bridge. In the past these mountains were covered with a thick forest which was the home of many different kinds of birds.

Bell cast to herald HN’s millennial anniversary


VGP - The casting of a bell in celebration of the 1,000th founding anniversary of Thăng Long-Hà Nội began at Quảng An Pagoda in Hà Nội’s outlying district of Thanh Trì yesterday.

History Museum


VGP - The building, formerly the Louis-Finot Museum, was associated with l’Ecole d’Extreme Orient, a scholarly organization concerned with archeological, historical and ethnological research. During the French period, this organization fought to preserve and in some cases to restore Vietnamese temples and pagodas, as well as Việt Nam’s archeological heritage in form of the brick Chàm temples and stone sculpture in the south.

The Municipal Theater


VGP - The building that many consider to be the golden glory of French architectural achievement and I must admit, my favorite French colonial building. Modeled on Charles Garnier’s Paris Opera in flamboyant Neo-Baroque style, the Opera was designed by sources – or 1914, if you believe French art historians. In its time, it was the only European style opera house east of Cairo.

Dishes on Tết (Lunar New Year Celebration) in Hà Nội


VGP - Tết dishes, the traditional dishes served on the Tết holiday, are the chưng (square sticky-rice) cake, pork paste, grilled chopped meat, brined meat, brined fish, pickled onion and different kinds of fruit jams. The most typical dish for Tết is the chưng cake.

Love by a Green Stream


VGP - Bích Câu means "green stream" and the name is related to an unexpected romantic love affair. Long ago, a palace maid from China who lived in the total confinement of the palace wrote part of a poem on a red leaf and let it float away in a stream. A student picked it up and later got married; his wife turned out to be the maid who wrote the piece of poetry on the red leaf so, as a result of this story, the stream became a symbol of unusual encounters.

The Queen of Silkworms


VGP - Nghi Tàm was the biggest silkworm farm in ancient Thăng Long. It is said that people in this area were taught the trade by Princess Quỳnh Hoa, the daughter of King Lý Thái Tông (1054–1072) but Quỳnh Hoa was not a real princess. She was born in Nghi Tàm, the daughter of Trần Vĩ, a mandarin in the Lê Thánh Tông dynasty from Nam Hà Province, who opened a school in Nghi Tàm when he retired.