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The Vietnamese Diaspora: Nurturing the Vietnam-Thailand Alliance.

From May 14-16, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang headed an official delegation from the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs, under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on a visit to Thailand's capital, Bangkok, and the province of Kanchanaburi.


On May 15, a ceremony marked the 190th anniversary of Khanh Tho Pagoda, one of the first Vietnamese temples in Kanchanaburi, Thailand. The event was graced by Thai Buddhist dignitaries, government officials from Thailand and Vietnam, and local Buddhist followers.

In her address, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang expressed gratitude to the Royal Family and Government of Thailand, as well as the local government and people of Kanchanaburi, for their support of the Vietnamese community. She emphasized the importance of these pagodas as cultural and religious centers for overseas Vietnamese to connect with their homeland and pass on their traditions to the younger generation.

From right: Deputy Foreign Minister Le Thi Thu Hang, Vietnamese officials, and Buddhist monks and followers in attendance.

During her working visit to Thailand, Hang met with provincial leaders and the Khanh Tho Pagoda Board of Directors, thanking them for their dedication to serving the local Vietnamese community. She also assigned the Vietnamese Embassy in Thailand to research and propose a Vietnamese locality to twin with Kanchanaburi province, building on the existing cultural, economic, and tourism cooperation between the two countries.

Deputy Minister Le Thi Thu Hang and the delegation meet with leaders of Kanchanaburi province.

Hang also visited Vietnamese associations in Thailand, expressing her joy at the community’s strength and contributions to the socio-economic development of the host country. She commended their efforts to preserve traditions and culture through the renovation of Vietnamese pagodas.

The Deputy Minister hopes that the community will continue to unite and nurture young generations of overseas Vietnamese, fostering their connection to their homeland and preserving their culture and language.

Overseas painter Bui Van Si presents a portrait of Uncle Ho to Deputy Minister Le Thi Thu Hang.

As a token of appreciation, Bui Van Si, an overseas Vietnamese painter, presented Hang with a self-painted portrait of Uncle Ho to commemorate his birthday.

The OV Women’s Committee in Thailand also contributed THB 50,000 to the Agent Orange Fund, while the Vietnamese Association in Thailand and the Khanh Tho Pagoda Executive Board collaborated to open a Vietnamese language class for the community.

Hannah Nguyen

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