HCM City hosts Viet Nam-Japan cultural exchange
A cultural and tourism exchange programme between Viet Nam and Japan, held at Hotel Equatorial in HCM City yesterday and today, included performances of Japanese musicians on the tsugaru Shamisen.
Vietnamese traditional dances and an ao dai fashion modelled by Vietnamese were also part of the programme. On the occasion, a seminar on Culinary Health Education by Japanese culinary experts and an exhibition of Japanese toys were held at the Majestic Hotel on Thursday.
The cultural exchange programme was held by the Foundation for the Support of the United Nations Inc. with support from the Japanese Consulate General in HCM City.
Historic Hoi An bans disco, karaoke parlours
The provincial authority of Quang Nam has issued a ban on dance floors and karaoke rooms in the old quarter in Hoi An. In a directive on May 12, the Quang Nam People’s Committee said it was acting to preserve the peaceful atmosphere of the ancient town, and would no longer allow the operation of such entertainment sites within the areas where historic houses are located.
They said five discos could be built outside the central area by 2010. Hoi An’s central old town, a bustling international port centuries ago, was recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage site in 1999.
Former royal tennis court to re-open in Hue
The Hue Centre for Monuments Conservation has been accelerating work on reservation of a tennis court of Emperor Bao Dai, the last king of the Nguyen dynasty that reigned Viet Nam between 1802 and 1945. Located in the forbidden walls of the Hue Royal citadel, the court was built in the early 30s of the last century.
Though over 70 years old and having undergone many historical changes, it has been well preserved. The restoration and re-opening of the court aims to attract tourists to the royal palace when they visit the former royal city of Hue. — VNS