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Festival promotes Ninh Bình tourism

The golden rice fields from the top of Hang Mua Mountain. Ninh Binh boosts some of the best views in Viet Nam. — VNA/VNS Photos Minh Duc
Viet Nam News

NINH BINH — The National Culture, Sports and Tourism Festival 2018 was launched yesterday in the historical land of Ninh Binh Province.

The festival is among a series of events to celebrate the 1050th anniversary of Dai Co Viet (the former name of Viet Nam), the first independent nation of Vietnamese people and first feudal state of Viet Nam, founded by King Dinh Bo Linh, a native of Ninh Binh who also chose Hoa Lu to be the capital of the country.

“For more than 1,000 years, the historical and cultural values of the former capital still echo in everyday life with impressive architectural structures,” said Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien. 

The festival aims to introduce and promote the potential of local tourism development.

Chairman of Ninh Binh People’s Committee Dinh Van Dien said it was a significant event that would promote the potential and advantages in economy and cultural heritage of Ninh Binh, creating momentum to develop local culture, sports and tourism.

Dien said that he hoped the visitors would have the chance to enjoy the scenic landscape as well as experience the unique culture of Ninh Binh. 

The festival includes folk singing performances, photo exhibitions “Through the Land of Heritage” and “Landscape and People of Ninh Binh”, an antique exhibition and the Trang An marathon.

Also on the occasion, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam recognised a set of long sang (stone bed with decorative patterns of dragons) as a national treasure.

The artefact belongs to a temple dedicated to King Dinh Tien Hoang, a national hero who defeated 12 warlords to unite the country and chose Hoa Lu as the capital of the country (named Dai Co Viet at that time).

The stone bed dates back to the early 17th century and is the only version created by the royal court of the Le Trinh Dynasty as an offering.

The rectangular stone bed, which is 127cm wide and 187cm long, weighs about 1.5 tonnes. In the middle of the bed are carvings of a dragon with characteristic features of the Le Trinh Dynasty.

Ninh Binh is home to the Trang An Landscape Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The province also became known the world around as the set of the Hollywood blockbuster Kong: the Skull Island in 2017.

Last year the province welcomed more than 7 million tourists, and revenue from tourism reached around VND2.4 trillion (US$103 million). — VNS

Long sang (stone bed with decorative patterns of dragons) was recognised as a national treasure last year.

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