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Revival of the Yellow-Leaf Ethnic Minorities

Revival of the “Yellow-Leaf” Ethnic Minorities

19/07/2017 16:18 GMT+7

Just five years ago, the people of the La Hu, Cong and Mang ethnic minorities, who lived upstream on the Da river in Muong Te and Nam Nhun districts, Lai Chau province, 500km from Hanoi, were in a wild and backward life stricken by hunger all the year round. Now, these ethnic groups have an abundant and stable life thanks to the government’s supporting policies expeditiously implemented by the Lai Chau administration.
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The Holy Land of Caodaism

The “Holy Land” of Caodaism

24/06/2017 09:52 GMT+7

Caodaism is a Vietnamese religion which was founded in 1926 in the southern province of Tay Ninh. It is now one of the major religions in Vietnam with over 2.5 million followers, 10,000 dignitaries and 1,000 places of worship. Over the years, the development of Caodaism has diversified and enriched the religious life and beliefs of the Vietnamese people.
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Gongs – Echoes of Forests  Mountains

Gongs – Echoes of Forests & Mountains

19/05/2017 09:35 GMT+7

Living in Tay Nguyen (the Central Highlands) forests and mountains, the ethnic groups of Ba Na,
E De, Co Tu, M’Nong, GiaRai and Ma  consider gongs to be  their treasures, their voices, and their innermost feelings and sentiments. Gongs are also sacred which help them communicate with their deities. Ten years after being recognised as an intangible and oral cultural masterpiece of humanity, Tay Nguyen gong culture space has further demonstrated its values, becoming the cultural “envoy” linking visitors from five continents with this basaltic land full of sunshine and winds of legendary Tay Nguyen forests and mountains.

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New Face for Pearl of the Far East

New Face for “Pearl of the Far East”

21/04/2017 12:37 GMT+7

It is predicted that by 2020, the population of Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in Vietnam, will exceed 10 million people. Ho Chi Minh City has been developing vigorously to be worthy of the “Pearl of the Far East” title and to become a “megacity” of world ranking.
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An Giang Border Province: New Vitality

An Giang Border Province: New Vitality

25/03/2017 13:07 GMT+7

Vast fertile fields, bustling and crowded towns, trucks loaded with goods containers passing one after another through the border gate, ships and boats transporting passengers from/to Vietnam and Cambodia doing business or visiting one another, are common daily activities of a peaceful life full of friendship seen in Vietnam’s southern An Giang border province.
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Unique Specialties for Tet

Unique Specialties for Tet

26/01/2017 13:57 GMT+7

For a long time, when the Lunar New Year (or Tet as it is called in Vietnam) arrives, the Vietnamese people often purchase delicious specialties to worship their ancestors with first, then share among their family members to enjoy during the holidays. The custom has become a tradition which shows the Vietnamese refined eating and entertaining lifestyle, and also reflects a cultural feature unique to each region of the country.
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Mother Goddesses Worship

Mother Goddesses Worship

28/12/2016 00:01 GMT+7

On December 1, 2016, Vietnam’s traditional practice of “Tho Mau Tam Phu” (Worship of Mother Goddesses) was recognised by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This is a purely Vietnamese belief, worshipping female deities, the mothers of nature, through the image of “Thanh Mau” (Mother Saint), a supreme deity having the power to create, manage and assist earthly people.  The form of  “Tho Mau Tam Phu” belief practice culminates in the “Hau dong” (chanting-trancing) art, which is occult but contains the people’s strong confidence and earnest aspirations for life, thus creating the distinctiveness and eternal vitality of this special form of belief.
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The Highland Rocky Region of Ha Giang

The Highland Rocky Region of Ha Giang

25/12/2016 18:40 GMT+7

The highland, border province of Ha Giang is located in Vietnam’s northeast region with its wild and magnificent beauty. Ranges of rugged rocky mountains, the narrow paths winding through hills up and down, and the golden rice terraced fields, all embrace lots of mysteries not yet fully discovered. In addition, unique and rich cultures of more than 20 ethnic groups living in the region, including the Mong, Tay, Dao, Nung, Giay and others, make the locality more attractive to all visitors.
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