Vietnam takes second at K-Pop World Festival
12:16 12/12/2011
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Vietnam takes second at K-Pop World Festival

Vietnam takes second at K-Pop World FestivalFour Vietnamese students won second prize at the 2011 K-Pop World Festival in Changwon, Korea, on December 7, organised by the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) and the Republic of Korea (RoK) Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

According to the RoK Cultural Centre in Hanoi, this first K-Pop World Festival was held to promote RoK popular music to a wider audience and provide an opportunity for young pop music aficionados to participate in the event. The festival attracted 21 groups from 16 countries including the UK, Peru, Russia, Indonesia, Japan, and Vietnam.

Four representatives for Vietnam were selected from the 500 contestants in a singing contest held in October by the RoK Culture Centre in Vietnam and the RoK Department of Tourism and Culture.

In the K-Pop World Festival, the four Vietnamese students, Tran Thi Quynh Mai from the Hanoi University of Foreign Trade, Le Hue Thuong from the National Academy of Music, Bui Phuong Linh from Ho Chi Minh City College of Stage Arts and Cinema, and Hieu Tran from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Economics, impressed both the jury and audience with their song “Love, Oh Love” by Davichi.

The director of the RoK Cultural Centre in Vietnam, Keum Gi Hyung, said the participation of Vietnamese students, along with the applause from over 100,000 Vietnamese people living in the RoK and a similar number of Koreans in Vietnam, helped boost cultural exchanges and understanding between the young people of the two countries, as well as the friendship between the two nations.

A new book on ‘Vietnam and the East Sea’ published

The new book entitled ‘Vietnam and the East Sea’ aims to help the domestic and international public better understand the real situation in the East Sea, around Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) islands, as well as Vietnam’s views on solving related disputes.

The 40-page book, published by the Vietnam Peace and Development Foundation, features the East Sea-related issues in a comprehensive way. It highlights Vietnam’s policies on settling disputes in the East Sea through peaceful means, and promoting the implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), and the formulation of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).

The book also reflects Vietnam’s stance on the ‘U-shape’ line demand and the activities of Vietnamese fishermen in the Hoang Sa (Paracel) area.

In addition, the book updates the readers on the main contents of the guiding agreement on solving marine-related issues between Vietnam and China, which was signed on October 11, 2011. Accordingly, the two sides agreed to settle disputes at sea between the two countries in accordance with international laws, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), but separate them from multilateral disputes.

Ha Long listed among world’s best travel destinations

The UNESCO World Natural Heritage Ha Long Bay in the northen province of Quang Ninh, has been included in the 2011 list of the world’s best destinations for hotels, family vacations, beaches, and food by the prestigious online travel website Tripadvisor.

Ha Long is also one of the top 25 most attractive destinations in Asia.

According to Tripadvisor, Ha Long’s beautiful natural landscape, impressive caves, and its recently gained status as one of the New Seven Natural Wonders of the World are some of the aspects that appeal to tourists from all over the world.

The website also listed Hoi An, in Quang Nam province, as one of the best culinary destinations in Asia.

Source Vietnamnet

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