The 200-year-old sưa tree at Phụ Chính Pagoda in Hà Nội is starting to show its age. — Photo dantri.com.vnViet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Residents of Phụ Chính Village in Hòa Chính Commune, Chương Mỹ District want to sell a 200-year-old sưa (dalbergia tonkinensis) tree which was once valued at VNĐ100 billion (US$4.28 million). According to the commune People’s Committee, local authorities asked for approval from the district and the Hà Nội People’s Committee to auction off the tree. It is located at Phụ Chính Pagoda. One potential buyer previously offered VNĐ100 billion for the tree, but villagers refused to sell. Then, in 2010, one of two major branches broke off and was sold for VNĐ20.5 billion. Residents and local authorities took measures to protect the tree from unlicensed loggers who wanted to steal its wood. But over the last few years it has … [Read more...] about Residents want to sell 200-year-old sưa tree
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Viet Nam News by Bích Hường In a business-as-usual scenario, the world’s oceans could contain one tonne of plastic for every three tonnes of fish by 2025, and by 2050, more plastic than fish [by weight]. The numbers in a report launched at the World Economic Forum 2016 crossed my mind again when I saw images of trash abandoned at beaches and other tourist attractions that went viral on internet after recent public holidays on April 30 and May 1. More similar images are likely to come as Vietnamese enter the peak time of holiday season – summer. When students have a long break, people flock to beaches and tourist destinations. It’s a given that people are disappointed to spend their holidays in places that are filled or surrounded by ice cream sticks, wrappers, cans, water bottles and food waste. The trash not only damages the sight of the tourist areas, but also poses a high risk of environmental pollution to the locality if it is not treated … [Read more...] about Who wants a vacation to a trash filled beach?
VietNamNet Bridge – Pianist Luu Duc Anh took a break from his studying in Sweden to return to Vietnam to perform by the end of March. The winner of numerous top prizes at piano concerts including first prize at the 6th International Music Competition, was recently honoured as one of 10 outstanding young citizens of Vietnam in 2017. The 25-year-old spoke to Bao Hoa about his music practice and MAESTOSO – a classical music group he co-founded. Anh started his piano practice at the age of 4 and trained for 11 years at the Viet Nam National Academy of Music. Having earned a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree at the Royal Conservatory of Liège (Belgium) in 2013 and 2015, respectively, he is currently enrolled as a graduate student at the Malmö Academy of Music (Sweden). Luu Duc Anh performs at the Hanoi Opera House with conductor Jonas Alber and the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra in March 2018. — Photo courtesy of Luu Duc Anh … [Read more...] about Young pianist wants to prove his ‘worth’
(VEN) - With its special Chinese architectural style and variety of 18th century antiques, the Ba Thien Hau Pagoda is a destination for domestic and foreign tourists who want to discover the cultural distinctions of Ho Chi Minh City. Catherine Pham, a Vietnamese-French visitor, often comes back to her home country. She said Ba Thien Hau Pagoda is always on her itinerary when she takes friends to Vietnam, along with visiting the city’s Museum of Vietnamese History and the Independence Palace. Although it is unknown exactly when the pagoda was built, Ba Thien Hau is believed to date back at least 250 years and is one of the oldest pagodas in Ho Chi Minh City. It was dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess Mazu, the deified form of Lin Moniang, a medieval Fujianese girl credited with saving family members during a typhoon through her spiritual power. The pagoda, standing aloof from the noisy bustle of the Cho Lon (Big Market) area in District 5, was built by the city’s Cantonese … [Read more...] about Old is beautiful: HCMC’s Ba Thien Hau Pagoda
The main reason for the government’s reluctance to push forward with the reform of the 'ho khau' system is that policymakers are worried about the burden that new migrants will place on social services funded by the cities, according to joint research carried out by the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences and the World Bank. Researchers said the Vietnamese government should make it quicker and easier for those who want to change their place of residence to their new urban homes. The government should also give migrants the same access to job opportunities in the public sector and simplify public services such as registration of motorcycles. The report, drawing on data from the 2015 Household Registration Survey and qualitative research, says at least 5.6 million migrants in the five surveyed provinces were not registered in their new homes, including 36 percent of the population in Ho Chi Minh City and 18 percent in Hanoi. About 70 percent of them work in the private sector, … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s migrant workers denied basic services by red tape