State President urges HN to exploit its millennium for development


VGP – Meeting leaders of Hà Nội on Thursday, State President Nguyễn Minh Triết urged the government of the capital city to make full use of the 1000th anniversary of Thăng Long-Hà Nội as a good opportunity for strong development in 2010 and the following years.

Spring festival Thăng Long-Hà Nội opens


VGP – A solemn spring festival imbued with national identities was opened in Hà Nội this morning in order to honor Việt Nam’s thousand-year-old capital city.

Đống Đa Festival


VGP - On the 5th of every Lunar New Year, while the last firecrackers still resound in Hà Nội, many of its inhabitants rush to its Southeastern part, going past the Ô Chợ Dừa roundabout  and striding along Nguyễn Lương Bằng Street down to Đống Đa Hill in order to take part in the Đống Đa Festival, which celebrates a historic victory, over the Qing invaders in 1789.

Italy’s localities join the grand anniversary of Thăng Long–Hà Nội


VGP – Florence Province and the cities of Trento and Milan in Italy will organize various activities this year in order to welcome the 1000th anniversary of Thăng Long–Hà Nội.

Tết in old Hà Nội


Hoàng Đạo Thúy, the father of the boy-scout movement in Việt Nam and the Signal Corps of the Việt Nam People’s Army, died at the ripe old age of 97. He knew Hà Nội like the back of his hand. Here is how he briefly evokes Tết in the capital city early in this century, at a time when the newly-established colonial administration had only blurred the traditions of this highly popular festival with an archaic charm.

HN to see the longest Pottery Road soon


VGP - Nearly 4,000 m2 of the pottery mural named the “Pottery Road”, one of artworks made to welcome the 1,000th anniversary of Thăng Long-Hà Nội, have been completed in early February.

Capital city to open spring festival on Tết holiday


VGP – The Spring Festival Thăng Long-Hà Nội 2010 under the theme “The magnanimity of Thăng Long – the spirit of the nation” will be a combination of traditional fold festivals, cultural, sports and tourist activities.

The Tortoise Stupa


VGP - The Tortoise Stupa (Tháp Rùa) used to haunt the nights of Việt Nam’s guerilla fighters during the two resistance wars and the nostalgic minds of many Vietnamese living in various corners of the world.

Hemp street


Among the streets of the old quarter in Hà Nội, I have a soft sport for Hemp Street. This is quite natural since I was born there, and there too I spent my childhood and a good part of my young manhood. My grandfather, a scholar of the old school who had earned a bachelor’s degree at the triennial examination, had left his native village in Bắc Ninh Province north of the Red River to settle as a practitioner of traditional medicine and a private teacher of classical education.