On December 1, 2016, Vietnam’s traditional practice of “Tho Mau Tam Phu” (Worship of Mother Goddesses) was recognised by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This is a purely Vietnamese belief, worshipping female deities, the mothers of nature, through the image of “Thanh Mau” (Mother Saint), a supreme deity having the power to create, manage and assist earthly people. The form of “Tho Mau Tam Phu” belief practice culminates in the “Hau dong” (chanting-trancing) art, which is occult but contains the people’s strong confidence and earnest aspirations for life, thus creating the distinctiveness and eternal vitality of this special form of belief.
Covering a total area of 336km2, Cat Ba is the largest limestone archipelago of Vietnam with 388 big and small islands. The thick density of limestone mountains divides its surface area into small bays, where the sand beaches still retain their natural primitive beauty. In 2004, Cat Ba Archipelago was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, which makes it among the most interesting destinations for tourists who love to explore the sea and islands of Vietnam.
For over 2,000 years of Buddhism in Vietnam, the famous name of Yen Tu Mountain has been associated with the name and career of Buddhist King Tran Nhan Tong who founded the Truc Lam Zen sect bearing the typical Buddhist culture of the Vietnamese people. This “sacred land” is the “capital” of Buddhism of Dai Viet (the old name of Vietnam). With the unique landscape, architecture, culture and history, Yen Tu Relic and Landscape Complex has been recognised as a special national relic and a dossier is being prepared to submit to UNESCO for its recognition of the complex as a World Heritage Site.
The pagodas of Huong in Hanoi, Tam Chuc in Ha Nam, and Bai Dinh in Ninh Binh, are home to beautiful natural scenery and relics showing the development of Buddhism in Vietnam. They have formed an original tourist route attracting millions of pilgrims and visitors.
By night, the Han River is resplendent with glittering lights. The clock counting down the hours until the opening day of APEC 2017 Summit Week at the head of the Han River bridge flares up with numerals moving down gradually one by one. The APEC attraction seems to spread vigorously in each breath of the beautiful coastal city. And Da Nang residents are talking more and more about APEC with a longing mood as more than anyone else, they understand that the whole world is watching their city.
Successfully implementing the national program on building new-style rural areas, Hai Hau district in Nam Dinh is emerging as a place worth to live with a green and clean environment, a developed economy, and a strong local administration.