Saigon streets suffer graffiti damage

Saigon streets suffer graffiti damage

More and more graffiti are appearing on walls in Saigon’s main streets, especially Bui Vien, a street with many foreigners, where hundreds of them can be seen, some with explicit content, on walls, electric poles and even doors. Yesterday police caught 28 year-old Taiwanese Chang Yu Jui red-handed writing a graffito on the wall of a house on the street, fined him and made him restore the wall to its original condition. In an alley off Bui Vien, irrelevant writings…

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An austere house near Saigon recalls villages in northern Vietnam

An austere house near Saigon recalls villages in northern Vietnam

Photos by VnExpress/Quang Tran Located in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, a three-story house designed by architect Tran Hoang Trung and his colleagues at TD Solutions was finished on September 2018. The area is divided into two parts for the garden and the house, whose cylinder shape is quite common among urban houses. However, the living space is quite airy with the a lot of trees. The house was constructed based on the steel frame of an old…

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A balancing act allows talented autistic boy ‘to settle down’

A balancing act allows talented autistic boy ‘to settle down’

Five years ago, three-year-old Nguyen Dinh Khanh Hung would sit on the porch of his shabby house in Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem District, watching the road with dull eyes. Then, he would spend hours in front of the television set. Khanh Hung was able to stand on three cylindrical pipes in just one month, while his peers typically took six months. Photo by VnExpress/Trong Nghia But his family was not unduly worried. Even when Hung could only speak a single word,…

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Modern constructions enhance Vietnam’s natural appeal

Modern constructions enhance Vietnam’s natural appeal

Travel – November 15, 2018 | 10:20 am GMT+7 Several modern constructions have added to Vietnam’s long list of attractions, winning international awards and public acclaim. In fact, some of them have acquired such high profiles in a short time they are playing as important a role in attracting tourists to Vietnam as historical monuments like old forts, citadels, villages, pagodas, etc. Perhaps the most recent such construction that has achieved worldwide renown in the shortest time is the Golden…

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The oldest communal house is much older than Saigon

The oldest communal house is much older than Saigon

Located in Go Vap District in Saigon, the Thong Tay Hoi Communal House has been standing for more than three centuries. The original construction took place in 1679, when they used bamboo and thatched-leaves to build it. It was rebuilt in 1883. Before 1944, the communal house was called Hanh Thong Tay. The communal house is situated on a 1,500 square meter area and it still carries the architectural features of old days. “Despite many makeovers, this place has been…

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300 years old Thong Tay Hoi the oldest communal house in Saigon

300 years old Thong Tay Hoi the oldest communal house in Saigon

Located in Go Vap District in Saigon, the Thong Tay Hoi Communal House has been standing for more than three centuries. The original construction took place in 1679, when they used bamboo and thatched-leaves to build it. It was rebuilt in 1883. Before 1944, the communal house was called Hanh Thong Tay. The communal house is situated on a 1,500 square meter area and it still carries the architectural features of old days. “Despite many makeovers, this place has been…

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Crippled youth goes the extra mile to help an old man

Crippled youth goes the extra mile to help an old man

His stomach heaved and his heart broke. Luu Nguyen could not hold back his tears as he beheld the sight before him. It stank badly. An old man was curled up on a filthy cot. The floor was dirty with urine and feces. A piece of bread mixed with cat poop. “I had smelt something unpleasant on the second day I got here. When I remarked on it, my teacher said it came from a lonely old man next door.”…

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Vietnam highland towns get ‘real’ getaway recommendations

Vietnam highland towns get ‘real’ getaway recommendations

An aerial view of Provincial Route 723 at Long Lanh Pass in Lam Dong Province that connects the highlands town of Da Lat with the beach town Nha Trang. Photo by Shutterstock/Tonkinphotography In Vietnam, the Daily Hive mentions Da Lat and Mai Chau as two places offering a welcome change from the major tourist attractions of Nha Trang, a beach city in the central province of Khanh Hoa, and Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, respectively. Situated 1,500 meters above sea…

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Nature-friendly Vietnamese community uses one coffin for 100 plus years

Nature-friendly Vietnamese community uses one coffin for 100 plus years

The residents of Long Son Commune near the Vung Tau port city in southern Vietnam follow the Tran religious teachings set out by the island’s founder, Le Van Muu, early in the 20th century. Muu was a resistance fighter against French colonialists in the 1800s, but the war forced him to flee his hometown in the Mekong Delta. He and a small group of people migrated to an unpopulated Ba Trao Hamlet (now Long Son Commune). Muu settled there, built…

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We are not gold diggers – Vietnamese wife in Taiwan breaks stereotypes

We are not gold diggers – Vietnamese wife in Taiwan breaks stereotypes

“How much did you pay to get a Vietnamese wife?” This was among several rude questions that John Li could not escape when he married Nguyen Thu Hang. Given the context of many young women from poor Vietnamese families being paid to become wives of older men from Taiwan, South Korea and China, this question is perhaps understandable, but Hang has no intention of taking it lying down. She wants to smash the unfair stereotyping of Vietnamese women being gold-diggers…

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