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French architectural influences linger in Hanoi

The French colonized Vietnam from 1873 to 1954, with Hanoi becoming the capital of French Indochine in 1887. While the old quarter was left intact as a distinctly Vietnamese part of the city, the French reworked much of the rest to create a European-style city.

Hanoi Medical University, now at 1 Ton That Tung Street, is the oldest university in Vietnam. It was founded in 1902 by the French as the Indochina Medical College. File photo

Hanoi Medical University, now at 1 Ton That Tung Street, is the oldest university in Vietnam. It was founded in 1902 by the French as the Indochina Medical College. File photo

The Hanoi Opera House, located in the heart of the capital, was built by the French colonial administration between 1901 and 1911. Photo: Ngoc Thang

The Hanoi Opera House, located in the heart of the capital, was built by the French colonial administration between 1901 and 1911. Photo: Ngoc Thang

The National Museum of Vietnamese History, located at 1 Pham Ngu Lao Street, Hoan Kiem District, was built in 1910 and redesigned between 1926 and 1932 by the architect Ernest Hébrard. The museum's exhibits highlight Vietnam's prehistory up to the August 1945 Revolution. Photo: Hieu Cong

The National Museum of Vietnamese History, located at 1 Pham Ngu Lao Street, Hoan Kiem District, was built in 1910 and redesigned between 1926 and 1932 by the architect Ernest Hébrard. The museum’s exhibits highlight Vietnam’s prehistory up to the August 1945 Revolution. Photo: Hieu Cong

Long Bien Bridge, originally called Paul Doumer Bridge, is a historic cantilever bridge across the Red River that connects Hanoi's current districts of Hoan Kiem and Long Bien. The bridge was built in 1899-1902 by the architects Daydé & Pillé of Paris, and opened in 1903. Photo credit: Micheal Ruan/Zing

Long Bien Bridge, originally called Paul Doumer Bridge, is a historic cantilever bridge across the Red River that connects Hanoi’s current districts of Hoan Kiem and Long Bien. The bridge was built in 1899-1902 by the architects Daydé & Pillé of Paris, and opened in 1903. Photo credit: Micheal Ruan/Zing

Chu Van An High School was established by French authorities in 1908 as High School of the Protectorate. It is one of the oldest institutions for secondary education in Indochina. File photo.

Chu Van An High School was established by French authorities in 1908 as High School of the Protectorate. It is one of the oldest institutions for secondary education in Indochina. File photo.

St. Joseph's Cathedral, built in 1886, serves as the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hanoi for the nearly 4 million Catholics in the country. Photo: caravanviet

St. Joseph’s Cathedral, built in 1886, serves as the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hanoi for the nearly 4 million Catholics in the country. Photo: caravanviet

St. Joseph's Cathedral. Photo: HADAO

St. Joseph’s Cathedral. Photo: HADAO

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HCM City war museum named among top 10 in the world

HCM CITY — The War Remnants Museum in HCM City has been named among the top 10 museums in the world by travel website TripAdvisor, the only one in Asia to make the list, Nhân Dân newspaper reported.

The War Remnants Museum in HCM City. — VNS File Photo

The War Remnants Museum in HCM City. — VNS File Photo

The ranking is based on the 2018 Travelers Choice Awards for Museums in which award winners were determined by an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for museums world-wide.

Musee d’Orsay in Paris tops the list followed by the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the British Museum in London, and Prado National Museum in Madrid.

Founded in 1975, the War Remnants Museum is a unit under the HCM City Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

A member of the World Council of Museums, it is a museum for thematic research, collection, storage, preservation, and display of the materials, photographs, artefacts on the evidence of wartime consequences faced by Việt Nam.

The museum has more than 20,000 documents, exhibits and films, of which more than 1,500 items have been on display at eight exhibitions frequently. It is one of the most visited sites in the city.

The museum is located at 28 Võ Văn Tần Street, District 3. Tickets cost VNĐ40,000 for adults and VNĐ20,000 for children aged between six and 16, and free for children under six. — VNS

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Ho Chi Minh City to launch 1st Vietnam Fruit Week next week

Different kinds of Vietnamese fruits will be displayed and put on sale to promote the tropical country’s produce during the first Vietnam Fruit Week, scheduled from June 1-9 in Ho Chi Minh City.

 A file photo from Ho Chi Minh City's Suoi Tien Theme Park's website shows fruits displayed as entries for a fruit contest as part of the Southern Fruits Festival held at the park in District 9 last year.

A file photo from Ho Chi Minh City’s Suoi Tien Theme Park’s website shows fruits displayed as entries for a fruit contest as part of the Southern Fruits Festival held at the park in District 9 last year.

The event will be held at many hotels, supermarkets, markets, and stores, according to the city’s Tourism Department.

Local residents and tourists will be able to learn more about safe fruit traders while experienced chefs and bartenders will get creative with local fruits.

Supermarkets will offer at least seven kinds of fruit with up to 40 percent discounts, including Co.op Mart, Co.op Xtra’s, SatraMart and Satrafoods.

The Suoi Tien Theme Park in HCMC’s District 9 will host the Southern Fruits Festival.

The event also aims to raise fund for farmers and their families who are affected by saltwater intrusion and drought in the Mekong Delta.

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Ho Chi Minh’s heaven-like sanctuary up in the mountain By Nick M May 18, 2016 | 05:44 pm GMT+7

Pac Bo Cave is one of the best known historic sites among Vietnamese, famous for being a temporary home to Ho Chi Minh, founder of Vietnam’s Communist Party.

Pac Bo Cave (also known as Coc Bo) is named after a small village in Cao Bang Province that served as Ho Chi Minh's settlement in the winter of 1941 following his return after 30 years in exile. It has become a popular tourist attraction with the Ho Chi Minh Shrine, Lenin Creek and Karl Marx Peak.

Pac Bo Cave (also known as Coc Bo) is named after a small village in Cao Bang Province that served as Ho Chi Minh’s settlement in the winter of 1941 following his return after 30 years in exile. It has become a popular tourist attraction with the Ho Chi Minh Shrine, Lenin Creek and Karl Marx Peak.

Tickets to Pac Bo are available at the car park. The first thing that catches the eyes of visitors is the gorgeous turquoise water of the famous Lenin Creek. Signboard: "Uncle Ho used to sit here fishing after work. (1941)"

Tickets to Pac Bo are available at the car park. The first thing that catches the eyes of visitors is the gorgeous turquoise water of the famous Lenin Creek.
Signboard: “Uncle Ho used to sit here fishing after work. (1941)”

Away from the stream, the path leads visitors up to Coc Bo Cave. In 1941, Ho Chi Minh returned to Vietnam and lived in Coc Bo Cave for seven weeks before moving on to avoid detection.

Away from the stream, the path leads visitors up to Coc Bo Cave. In 1941, Ho Chi Minh returned to Vietnam and lived in Coc Bo Cave for seven weeks before moving on to avoid detection.

In the summer, the air inside the cave is still cool and damp.

In the summer, the air inside the cave is still cool and damp.

The cave is small and well-hidden.

The cave is small and well-hidden.

Ho Chi Minh named this limestone formations after Karl Marx.

Ho Chi Minh named this limestone formations after Karl Marx.

During his time in Pac Bo, Ho Chi Minh used to cook outdoors.

During his time in Pac Bo, Ho Chi Minh used to cook outdoors.

Signboard: “Cooking stove”

The stone path continues, passing under creepers and vines stretching over the water in all directions. Swimming is strictly forbidden here in Lenin Creek as it's sacred to Vietnamese people.

The stone path continues, passing under creepers and vines stretching over the water in all directions. Swimming is strictly forbidden here in Lenin Creek as it’s sacred to Vietnamese people.

Many enjoy walking along the beautiful stone path by Lenin Creek.

Many enjoy walking along the beautiful stone path by Lenin Creek.

Pac Bo is one of the most scenic and understated sites in Vietnam.

Pac Bo is one of the most scenic and understated sites in Vietnam.

Ho Chi Minh Shrine is built in the Pac Bo complex, where visitors can light incense in his tribute.

Ho Chi Minh Shrine is built in the Pac Bo complex, where visitors can light incense in his tribute.

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