Viet Nam News By Sri Lankan Ambassador Hasanthi Urugodawatte Dissanayake Sri Lanka is the essence of a people renowned for their hospitality, stunning landscapes, rich biodiversity and a wealth of incredible, immersive experiences on offer for travellers. Within a mere area of 65,610sq.km lie eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 1,330km of coastline - much of its pristine beach, 15 national parks showcasing an abundance of wildlife, nearly 202,343ha of lush tea plantations, 101,171 of botanical gardens, 350 waterfalls, 25,000 water bodies, and a culture that extends back over 2,500 years, with well-preserved archaeological monuments, mostly from the country’s Buddhist heritage, one of the world’s most scenic rail routes. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the year 2019 is marked with many remarkable milestones for Sri Lanka’s tourism industry, with Lonely Planet naming Sri Lanka as the top country for travel and recognising Colombo City, the commercial capital … [Read more...] about 2019 Sri Lanka: where all roads lead to!
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Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam and Sri Lanka should promote cooperation in various sectors, including culture, thus enhancing cultural exchanges between the two nations, said a Sri Lankan expert. At a workshop held by the Institute of Archeology under the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences in Hanoi on January 28, Bindu Urugodawatte, also a Buddhist archeologist, said that her country was once a centre of Buddhist religion and culture, and Buddhism has played an important part in the nation’s politics, society and culture in the past thousands of years. Participants at the event said that the oceanic Silk Road lends credence to the existence of the association between the two countries over millennia. The road not only facilitates trade but it also offers a journey of diverse cultures and religions. Dr. Nguyen Gia Doi, Acting Director of the Institute of Archeology, underlined that the Silk Road has existed for thousands of years and passed through many different empires and … [Read more...] about Vietnam, Sri Lanka step up cooperation in culture
Sri Lanka cheers long Viet Nam relations (04-02-2009) On the occasion of Sri Lanka's National Day today, Viet Nam News spoke to the country's Ambassador to Viet Nam, A L Ratnapala. Ambassador A L Ratnapala. — VNS Photo Truong Vi Viet Nam and Sri Lanka estab-lished diplomatic ties in 1970. What is the present state of the two countries' bilateral relations and how would you evaluate these relations over the past 38 years? Sri Lanka - Viet Nam relations have roots in the two countries' affinity to Buddhism and were nurtured through the solidarity of Sri Lanka during Viet Nam's struggle for national independence. Sri Lanka was among the first few countries to recognise the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam. Unified Viet Nam officially joined the Non-Alligned Movement (NAM) during the fifth summit held in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 1976. The two countries have been supporting each other in the UN and other multilateral fora for the last 38 years. Sri Lanka actively supported the … [Read more...] about Sri Lanka cheers long Viet Nam relations
A collection of Buddhist stamps from Vietnam and around Asia is on display at Vinh Nghiem Pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City. The exhibit Van hoa nghe thuat Phat giao Viet Nam va the gioi (Buddhist Art and Culture from Vietnam and the World) includes over 3,000 stamps from India, China, Japan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Renowned collectors Tran Van Bui, Nguyen Hung Dai Loc and Nguyen Hoang Tung, winner of Vietstampex award in 2000, contributed some of the collection's most remarkable stamps. A series of leathers stamps from India, featuring the Buddha sitting on lotus flower, has been highly anticipated by enthusiasts. The show opened May 3 and will close in August. … [Read more...] about Buddhist stamps from around Asia on show in Ho Chi Minh City
Exhibition on world heritages in Da Nang City An exhibition representing world heritages in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam opened in the central city of Da Nang on March 28, with the co-operation of UNESCO in Vietnam and the Museum of Champa Sculpture. The exhibition is part of a project to enhance the capacity and co-operation among 9 museums of the three countries. It features 6 world heritages, including Angkor, Preah Vihear in Cambodia, Vat Phou in Laos, My Son and the Ho Dynasty Citadel in Vietnam. On the display are photos and articles which depict the preservation work of these heritages, together with 22 posters and exhibits conveying their beauty and values. It is one of UNESCO’s activities to mark the 40th year of the World Heritage Convention (1972-2012). Within the project’s framework, the Museum of Champa Sculpture will co-operate with UNESCO to implement monthly education activities at the museum and open for primary and high schools’ students in … [Read more...] about ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 29/3