Hanoi Times - At the end of 1009, at Hoa Lu (Ninh Binh province), Ly Cong Uan ascended the throne, taking the name King Ly Thai To, establishing the Ly Dynasty. Next year he moved the capital to Dai La Citadel (Hanoi) and renamed it Thang Long (Rising Dragon). on the foundation of the Dai La Citadel, the King built a new capital that was circumscribed the three rivers: the Red River to the east, the To Lich River to the north and west, and the KimNguuRiver to the south. The Royal Enclosure, comprising, among other things, the royal palaces and the Court Hall, was surrounded by a brick fortress. Outside the Royal Enclosure was the dwelling place of ordinary people, which was divided into various guilds specializing in agriculture, handicrafts, trade, etc. Each guild had a separate location or several guilds shared one place. The Royal Enclosure and the civilian settlement formed the Royal Capital, which was surrounded by a rampart built on the dikes of the three rivers … [Read more...] about Thang Long Under The Ly Dynasty (1009-1225) – History – My HaNoi
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Before Manchester City arrives to Vietnam to take on the national team in a friendly match at the end of this month, hotels in Hanoi have been locked down in fierce competition for the contract to accommodate the players from England. The match will bring a decent income and a golden opportunity to promote the image of the hotel which is selected to provide accommodation for the Blues. It is not an easy game for luxury hotels in Hanoi. The capital city has a dozen of five-star hotels, all of which have expressed keen interest for this rare business and advertising opportunity. However, JW Marriott Hanoi has finally “scored” when it was selected to host the 65-member group for their three-day stay in Hanoi. JW Marriott could win over other hotels in the capital city not because of its cheap prices. The room rates JW Marriott offers are even 1.5 times higher than the cheapest offer (that was at hand) of another hotel/the other hotels. However, when the representatives of … [Read more...] about JW Marriott: dragon rising over Hanoi’s hospitality scene
The Hanoi-based artist is one of a few selected from nine cities in Germany and Southeast Asia for City Tales, an on-going art project conducted by the Goethe Institute and its overseas branches. The project has drawn together the works of artists from Bangkok, Berlin, Hamburg, Hanoi, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Melbourne, and Singapore. Since May, the artists have created their comic approaches to art responding to specific monthly themes provided by the Goethe Institute. Born and raised in the capital, the Vietnamese artist said he found it challenging to decide on how to respond to the monthly topics. Interested in experimental comic art, such as narrative portraits and autobiographies, Phong demonstrates the Vietnamese lifestyle in modern life, and how people adapt traditional lifestyles to the modern age. In the debut series, which follows the theme This Is My City, Hanoi is personified as a beautiful lady. Ignoring seductive temptations and flirtations from many men … [Read more...] about Comic artist offers surreal sketches of Hanoi
It is one of those questions that pop up whenever there is a new gathering of expatriates in Vietnam. Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City? Which do you prefer? This time it was at a soiree the day after Christmas, or "Boxing Day," as the Brits call it. Around the table were folks from Europe, North America, South America and New Zealand. As the young German explained his preference for Hanoi, I nodded my concurrence. This is a question that divides my wife and I. She was born in Saigon and left a few years later, after it was renamed in honor of the late Vietnamese president Ho Chi Minh. So naturally she thinks of Saigon as home. She speaks with a southern accent and enjoys visiting not-so-distant relatives. She finds the southern food more flavorful, the society friendlier. She does not mind the heat and she likes the hustle and bustle. But I have never lived in Ho Chi Minh City. And Hanoi is starting to feel like. . . well, if not home, then maybe a bit homey. But it is not a matter … [Read more...] about Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City?
PANO - More than 400 best drawings of the third Vietnam Press Cartoon Contest–Rong Tre Cup (Bamboo Dragon Cup), “Environment and ecological change”, were put on display at a week-long exhibition at 61 Ly Thai To, Hanoi, on March 28 th. Launched in November 2011 by the Sports and Culture Newspaper, under Vietnam News Agency, to mark the 85 th anniversary of Vietnam Press Cartoon, the 3 rd contest attracted the participation of 100 amateur and professional cartoonists with many unique drawings reflecting recent urgent problems, such as climate change and rising sea level that are affecting the life of 22 million Vietnamese. The first prize went to the painting, “Upside Down Jigsaw”, by artist Tran Hai Nam, who drew a picture of a one-horned rhino jigsaw with a piece placed upside down. Through the painting, Nam wants to send a message, “After rhino, which animal will be at risk of extinction”, to visitors to remind them of the extinction of … [Read more...] about Best works from Rong Tre Cup showcased in Hanoi