Saturday, August 2, 2014

The old houses in Đường Lâm commune

A house in Mông Phụ village
Soon we will celebrate the Independence Day
(2nd September), so a flag is hung up at window of this house.
Đường Lâm (53km away from Hanoi's center) is the first ancient village in Vietnam, which was recognized as a national heritage site in May 2006. There are over 300 old houses in the 9 villages of Đường Lâm commune and they were built 300 - 400 years ago. The old houses are of wooden type, while other houses in Đường Lâm have the walls of lateritic bricks (gạch đá ong) made of the hill soils. Other than the old houses, some must-sees in this area are the temples, pagodas and mausoleums of the two Kings of Vietnam (Ngô Quyền and Phùng Hưng).

The photos in this blog were taken in Mông Phụ village of Đường Lâm commune last Saturday 29 August 2009. In this village, there are about 50 old houses that are still preserved. A friend and I hired a car and driver to this village and we spent some hours visiting four houses with the oldest and most beautiful architecture.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Van Mieu street covered with calligraphy

Many calligraphy artists are gathering on the street outside Hanoi’s Van Mieu (Temple of Literature) to show their beautiful writings in both Chinese and Vietnamese characters to those who like to adorn their home with such gifts as best wishes for prosperity and happiness in the upcoming Year

Another corner of Van Mieu street
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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Legendary Dambri

Following a winding road with hills of green tea and coffee plants on both sides, about 18km from the city of Bao Loc in Lam Dong Province to the northeast, tourists arrive in Damri Eco-tourism Area where there is an imposing, dazzling white waterfall of the same name that looks like a silk ribbon on the steep cliff.
The name of the waterfall, Damri, meaning “the expectation” in the K’ho language, originated from the legendary love story of H’Bi, a K’ho girl and her boyfriend who planned to marry in the season of ripening rice. Unluckily, their love had an unhappy ending as the girl’s father did not want to marry his daughter to a poor man so he asked the village’s patriarch to force the man to leave the village for a remote area. H’Bi was so sad that she went to the forest – their rendezvous every night and cried with a hope that her boyfriend would come back. However, the man never returned and her tears turned into a great waterfall, impetuously rumbling down round-the-clock. 

Dambri Water Fall. Photo: Le Minh

The peaceful beauty of Dambri Eco-Tourism Area. Photo: Le Minh

The camping area at Dambri Eco-tourism Area. Photo: Le Minh

Part of Dambri Eco-Tourism Area. Photo: Le Minh

At the station of Dambri Eco-Tourism Area. Photo: Le Minh

Discovering the beauty of Dambri. Photo: Le Minh

The entertainment area thrills tourists with adventure rides. Photo: Le Minh

The Goddess of Mercy Statue near Dambri Water Fall. Photo: Le Minh

Tourists are interested in swan cycling at Dambri Eco-Tourism Area. Photo: Le Minh

Tourists have meals at Dambri Eco-tourism Area. Photo: Le Minh

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Dong Da Festival

Dong Da Festival, Vietnam festivals: Dong Da hillock festival takes place annually on the 5th of Lunar New Year. This is a victorious festival, organized in memory of the King Quang Trung's great merit - the hero in national history of anti - invaders.

Dong Da Festival

Two centuries ago, Dong Da was a battlefield where Quang Trung (Nguyen Hue), a Tay Son farmer who later became a National Hero defeated more than 200,000 soldiers of the Qing invading army. Dong Da Hill became a glorious historical site of the Vietnamese nation.

Statue of king Quang Trung
Statue of king Quang Trung

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Vung Chua with Great Tourism Potential

Vung Chua in Quang Dong Commune, Quang Trach District in central Quang Binh Province has a terrain in the shape of a coiled dragon and crouching tiger. For the locals, it is a sacred land that faces the East Sea with Yen Island serving as a screen. It is also the final resting place of legendary General Vo Nguyen Giap.

Vung Chua is one of the beautiful landscapes in Hon La deepwater bay. According to the book entitled “Dai Nam du dia chi uoc bien” by culturist Cao Xuan Duc (in the Nguyen Dynasty), it was called La Son Bay. The sea is famous for specialties, including swallow’s nest, blood cockle, lobster and abalone which were offerings to the royal courts.

Not far from Vung Chua, about 1km, is a small island, called Yen which covers a total area of 10ha and is surrounded by the sea. It is the home of the largest number of swallows in Quang Binh Province. Standing on the island to look toward the mainland, tourists will see stretching white sand beaches and rocks in different shapes.

Peaceful and beautiful scenery with a calm sea and blue sky as seen from Tho Son Mountain.

Vung Chua - Yen Island is a scared area with many ancient temples, pagodas and towers.

The final resting place of General Vo Nguyen Giap is located on the side of Tho Mountain,
 heading up the mountain and looking toward the sea and peaceful Yen Island.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Vietnamese Fruits

Vietnamese fruits, one of best vietnamese food you have to taste when you visit this country. They appear all streets and market. Mother Nature gives to Vietnam an amazing weather, which people can grow any fruit from around the world. From North to South of Vietnam, each area can grow one tradition fruit. Today, we will introduce you most traditional and popular fruits in Vietnam.

Vietnamese Fruits
Many kinds of fruits in Vietnam.

Firstly, one of most popular fruits is Green Dragon (Thanh Long). It almost is grown in Phan Thiet, Phan Rang where has a hottest weather in Vietnam. Green dragon is the name of a newly cultivated fruit. It is rather big, weighs from 200 to 500 grams, and has pink or dark-red colour. The ripe fruit looks like the kohlrabi cabbage and has an oval shape. Before 1945, green dragon fruits were not sold in southern markets. It is said that Americans brought green dragon fruits to the south. From Phan Thiet to Nha Trang or from Ninh Hoa to Buon Ma Thuot, bushes of green dragon fruits can be seen climbing to tree trunks in gardens and even on doors. Different from any other southern fruit, its harvest season is particular; fruits become available in markets in October, November, April, and May. They are more expensive in October and April, since there are smaller quantities available.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday at Việt Phủ Thành Chương

Sơn Tĩnh tower & water
puppet theater
Sunday 1 November 2009 - I traveled with my colleagues to the Thành Chương's Viet Palace which is located 35km from Hanoi's center. Mr. Thành Chương was born in 1949 in a northern province. As a famous artist in Vietnam, he has earned millions of USDs from selling his paintings and he has also collected antiques for years. He bought 10,000m2 of land in Sóc Sơn district, flattened a hill and started building various works of art in his own realm during 2001-2003. Mr. Thành Chương has devoted most of his property, energy, heart and mind to the construction of this realm. At this place we can see the old traditional houses of northern Vietnam, Buddha statues, lacquer paintings drawn by Mr. Thành Chương, wooden furniture and antiques dating from hundreds years ago. Anyone who visits the palace would be surprised at his great love for the invaluable heritage of Vietnamese culture.

There are about 20 places to see at the site, for example, the water puppet theater, the house on stilts, the Mountain God Tower, the thatched cottage with earthen walls, the horse shrine, the Champa gate etc. In one of the houses, there are the most valuable antiques and visitors have to pay an extra fee to see them.

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