ASEAN Village 2017

The ASEAN Village took place for the first time in Ho Chi Minh City to mark the 50th anniversary of the foundation of ASEAN (1967 - 2017) and 22 years of Vietnam’s accession to the bloc (1995 - 2017). The event also highlighted the value of the cultural-economic pillar of the ASEAN Community and affirmed the determination of Ho Chi Minh to become an ASEAN city.

During the four-day event, visitors had a chance to enjoy many traditional cultural performances, such as Tay Nguyen gong (Vietnam), Lam Vong dancing (Laos) and Joget dancing (Malaysia) and the exciting performance of young artists.

The ASEAN Village has a food court with 50 stalls selling food from ASEAN members, such as Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam, which attracted a large number of visitors. Many kinds of street food and specialities of different regions of Vietnam were introduced at the event, such as Banh xeo (a typical cake in the south), steamed sticky rice and noodles. Visitors also saw chefs showing their skills in cooking.

The ASEAN Village – Ho Chi Minh City 2017 introduces to viewers to the country, people and
traditional cultures of ASEAN members.

Lam Vong dancing of Laos. Photo: Thong Hai/VNP

Artist Paulini from Malaysia shows his skills. Photo: Thong Hai/VNP

Brocade products of Cham people in Ninh Thuan province, Vietnam. Photo: Thong Hai/VNP

Painting on canvas of Indonesia attracts a large number of visitors.Photo: Thong Hai/VNP
Floating flowers from Thailand.Photo: Thong Hai/VNP
Jewelry from Malaysia.Photo: Thong Hai/VNP
Souvenir gifts from Cambodia. Photo: Thong Hai/VNP
Special paintings from Indonesia.Photo: Thong Hai/VNP

Themed “Join Hands for Change and Global connectivity”, the 2017 ASEAN Village with many activities introducing visitors to the country, people, traditional culture and products of ASEAN countries was held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the foundation of ASEAN (1967 – 2017) and 22 years of Vietnam’s accession to the bloc (1995 – 2017).

Joseph Fisher, an American tourist who was visiting Ho Chi Minh City for the first time, felt happy when eating Vietnamese food. “Your food is very delicious, the taste is very special. I tried the salad rolls and pancakes which are delicious. I learned about many new destinations when attending this event,” said Fisher.

Addressing the opening ceremony of the event, Vice Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Le Thanh Liem said: “The city is determined to implement joint cooperation programmes and cultural exchange programmes to promote understanding and enhance economic exchanges, contributing to the implementation of the ASEAN initiative, making Ho Chi Minh City become an ASEAN city”.

Over the past 50 years of development, ASEAN has become an economic, cultural and social community, increasingly connecting its member countries together. Since its accession to ASEAN (1995), Vietnam has made every effort to join hands with others to build a more powerful, stable and peaceful ASEAN.

Vietnam is becoming a tourist and business destination, connecting ASEAN with countries outside the bloc. The major cities of Vietnam are attracting more and more foreigners and citizens of ASEAN countries to live, learn and work with cultural exchange activities.

Many cultural activities and large festivals have been held in Ho Chi Minh City which provide chances for locals and tourists to learn more about the cultural identities of Vietnam and ASEAN countries.

BauTruc ceramic arts of Vietnam. Photo: Thong Hai/VNP
Youngsters with floating flowers from Thailand. Photo: Thong Hai/VNP
Vietnamese traditional dishes areintroduced at the ASEAN Village.

Foreign tourists learn about traditional dishes of Southeast Asian countries.

Story: Nguyen Oanh- Photos: Thong Hai