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Vietnam eyes UNESCO recognition for 2 coastal areas

Scientists have urged local authorities to seek UNESCO recognition as global geoparks for two coastal areas in the central province of Quang Ngai.

Basalt rocks along the coast of Binh Chau Commune, the central province of Quang Ngai. Photo credit: Minh Hoang/Zing.vn

Basalt rocks along the coast of Binh Chau Commune, the central province of Quang Ngai. Photo credit: Minh Hoang/Zing.vn

They made the proposal at a recent meeting with Quang Ngai authorities after carrying out field trips with foreign scientists to the eastern commune of Binh Chau and Ly Son Island, according to Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper.

Tran Tan Van, chief of the Vietnam Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources, was quoted as saying the areas boast a diversity of geographical layers representing many changes in the Earth’s crust, including basalt layers formed from a 10-million-year-old volcano.

Nguyen Hoang, an expert at the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, said Ly Son, in particular, is like a “natural museum” of volcanoes, given that 70 percent of its area carries volcanic features.

“It deserves to be named a global geopark.”

At least two ancient volcano craters were discovered under the sea near Ly Son, which is situated 15 nautical miles off the coast, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported. Three others were found at Binh Chau’s Ba Lang An point, it said.

While agreeing that the areas deserve global recognition, foreign experts said Vietnam need to do many things before applying to UNESCO.

Prof Setsuya Nakada of the University of Tokyo’s Volcano Research Center was quoted as saying at the meeting that Vietnam cannot rely merely on the areas’ geological features to get them the recognition, and how they draw the attention of local communities, tourists and world researchers is also important.

The more that people care about the areas, the greater the chance to get UNESCO recognition, he said, adding local authorities should organize spa and diving tours to attract tourists.

Once tourism grows, it will generate revenues for local people who will in turn take part in protecting the sites, according to foreign experts.

Dr Nancy Rhoenar Aguda of the University of the Philippines said the authorities should publish a book about Binh Chau and Ly Son to raise public awareness and launch other community-education activities.

Le Quang Thich, vice chairman of Quang Ngai, agreed to take on board the scientists’ advice and turn Binh Chau and Ly Son into tourist attractions and raise local people’s awareness about the need to protect them before submitting the applications to UNESCO.

Dong Van District in the northern province of Ha Giang is Vietnam’s only UNESCO-recognized global geopark.

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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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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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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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