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Hue International Hot Air Balloon Festival opens

The third Hue International Hot Air Balloon Festival 2019 opened on April 27 with the participation of hot air balloons from Thailand, the Republic of Korea, Japan, the Netherlands, and host Vietnam.

During the three-day event, visitors to the event have a chance to enjoy a balloon ride to see Hue city, and explore and enjoy performances of hot air balloons.

The festival takes place within the framework of the ongoing 8th Hue Traditional Craft Festival 2019 which opened on April 26.

Lasting from April 26 to May 5, the Hue Traditional Craft Festival introduces 60 craft villages and more than 350 artisans from not only Thua Thien-Hue but also other cities and provinces such as Ha Giang, Hoa Binh, Hanoi, Ha Nam, Hung Yen, Thai Binh in the north, Ninh Thuan in the south central region, Lam Dong in the Central Highlands and Dong Thap in the south.

The event is also attended by 70 foreign artisans from eight cities that have twin-city and cooperative relationships with Hue, namely Takayama, Sasayama, and Saijo of Japan; Gyeongju, Namyangiu, and Dongnae of the Republic of Korea (RoK); Konya of Turkey; and Sao Luix of Brazil.

During the course of the festival, various programmes will be held such as exhibitions and demonstrations of traditional products of domestic and foreign traditional crafts; the rite to commemorate the patrons of all crafts; the procession honouring artisans and craft villages; along with many side activities, including a balloon festival, an Ao dai event and a special performance by famous RoK artists.