Flute kites: A way to create a symphony in the sky

Flute kites: A way to create a symphony in the sky

NDO – Kite flying is a popular childhood game for many Vietnamese people in rural areas. However, flying a kite with a flute attached to it is a century-old game that requires a lot of passion and knowledge from the players. Flute kites have been lifted from a pastime into part of the country’s cultural heritage. (Feb 18, 2020 18:26:34)


Hanoi traditional values feature in Old Quarter braised fish

  Dec 01, 2019 16:15:29
NDO – Rustic but delicious and delicate "Old Quarter braised fish", which contains many distinct culinary culture features, has becoming more and more popular among costumers, making it a famous dish under the brand of " Hanoi - 36 Old Streets”. 

Cham people joining hands to boost modern rural area construction

  Oct 31, 2019 17:00:47
NDO – Where a branch of the Mekong River named Hau Giang River pours in Vietnam, at the northwesternmost border of the Mekong Delta, Cham border villages around Bung Binh Thien Lake have gradually transformed themselves to match with the rhythm of the modern life. 

Here, Hanoi…

  Oct 23, 2019 17:34:23
NDO – The chaos of lies sometimes make people think that the ‘soul’ of Hanoi has been lost; however, in reality, the capital city’s soul can be still recognised in the simple people, streets, houses and even rows of trees. 

The last iron forger keeps the furnace’s flame burning on Hanoi’s old street

  Sep 23, 2019 12:41:18
NDO – In the memories of many Hanoians’ generation, Lo Ren street in Hoan Kiem District houses many forging furnaces. However, as time has gone by, the flames have gradually gone out inside the furnaces, leaving only one manually forging furnace still in operation. In his workshop, which is just 4 meters squared, Nguyen Phuong Hung is the last blacksmith who has ceaselessly worked to keep the traditional craft of the old street alive. 

Spreading literacy in Truong Sa

  Jul 30, 2019 16:15:35
NDO – Coming to the nation’s sacred outpost Truong Sa (Spratly archipelago), one of the simple and peaceful images impressive to strangers are island teachers enthusiastically drying shells on the sunny school steps to make toys and learning tools for local students. Weekends in the remote island are different from the mainland, as teachers and their students gather to study and play together like a small family. 

Foreigners’ predestined attachment to Lang Biang plateau

  Jul 08, 2019 14:30:52
NDO –Lang Biang plateau is considered as a centre and point of origin for many major families of Co Ho ethnic minority people, such as Pangting, Bonyo and Krajan, who spread to many areas to establish villages. The highland of ‘red soil’ now has many new families, including those from different regions and countries who predestined to come to Lang Biang and then gradually merged into the cultural flow of this land. 

On the outskirts of Hanoi, Dao people are struggling to retain an ancient script

  Jun 17, 2019 11:24:26
NDO - A writing system is the asset, culture and pride of every ethnic group. But for the Dao people on the outskirts of Hanoi, there is a fear that their ancient script is fading away from their cultural, religious and daily activities. 

Great joy from small stamps

  Mar 25, 2019 12:43:16
NDO – Come rain or shine, stamp lovers gather at 160 Trieu Viet Vuong Street, Hai Ba Trung district, Hanoi, at around 9 am every Sunday, where they share their common interest and exchange talks on Vietnamese and foreign postage stamps. 

In Vietnam, cultural heritages are evolving with societal transformation

  Mar 04, 2019 16:15:49
NDO - The northern province of Bac Ninh recently marked the 10th anniversary of UNESCO’s recognition of quan ho singing as an intangible cultural heritage. After a decade, the reach of the art has grown from 49 original villages and 34 clubs to 369 practising villages along with thousands of artists who can teach their skills to others. 

Changing leaf season…

  Feb 24, 2019 15:36:45
NDO – When the warm rays of sunlight push away the winter coldness it’s time for Hanoi to wear a colourful coat. 

Nostalgia for village gates

  Feb 09, 2019 16:41:20
NDO - Whenever I return to my home village, I always stop at the village gate. Looking at the road leading to the district centre, I remember my father’s words that in the past when the doors of the gate were still there, water buffaloes were herded to the field through the two small side doors. The middle door only opened at the time of the village festival or reception for special guests.  

In memory of bustling market ahead of Tet in Hanoi’s suburban areas

  Jan 29, 2019 18:12:08
NDO – Housewives today can spend a few hours shopping for all the necessary food and supplies for Tet (lunar New Year) holiday. However, many of them still go to outdoor markets in suburban areas to buy indigenous specialties and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere ahead of Tet. 

Once a cause for celebration, Tet is now expected with dread

  Jan 17, 2019 12:38:45
NDO - It is less than three weeks before the Lunar New Year, or Tet, formally arrives and as usual a repeated call for combining Tet with the Western New Year has re-emerged, with some even moaning “Everything is perfectly OK, why does Tet come about?” For a growing number of Vietnamese people, Tet is becoming somewhat of a reluctant occasion. 

Hanoians on basalt land

  Dec 27, 2018 07:27:01
NDO – Vietnam’s history is associated with the struggles to preserve and expand the territory. Hanoians leaving the Red River Delta to reside in a new land in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong is also a continuation of ancestral traditions.