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Hung Kings Festival seeks UNESCO approval

HA NOI — The Viet Nam Institute for Culture and the Phu Tho provincial People's Committe applied to UNESCO on Thursday to have the Hung Kings Temple Festival recognised as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Meanwhile, the Musicology Institute has prepared the application for similar recognition for don ca tai tu (music of the talented).

UNESCO will consider and decide on the applications next year, with decisions expected this year on recognition of the Buddhist Sutras at Vinh Nghiem Pagoda in the northern province of Bac Giang as UNESCO World Documentary Heritage, and the hat xoan (spring folk songs) of Phu Tho Province as World Intangible Cultural Heritage in need of urgent protection.

New records set at forestry products festival

BINH DINH — The Viet Nam Book of Records (Vietbooks) has recognised five new national records set at the first Viet Nam Forest Product Festival in Binh Dinh Province last week.

The festival had the largest timber and forest product fair featuring 528 stalls, the largest kingwood statue of the Laughing Buddha, the highest wooden vase, the largest pair of ironwood vases, and the largest ironwood trestle-bed on display.

The three-day festival also featured art performances, sports activities and a food fair.

The Binh Dinh Province's People's Committee honoured 97 organisations and 13 individuals in the forestry sector that contributed significantly to the festival's success. — VNS

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