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cityinsight / Culture Stories
14 Jun

The ancient town of lanterns

Hoi An ancient town has many attractions for tourists to explore. Among them are traditional lanterns of different designs and colors. The beautiful masterpiece of this ancient town is a special product that tourists should not miss during the trip in Hoi An. Furthermore, it is believed that hanging a couple of lanterns in front of each Vietnamese’s house will surely bring warmth and happiness to family. Thanks to its skill in design and durability, lanterns of Hoi An leave great impression on every tourist. Particularly, tourists will be attracted by...

31 May

Jade Emperor Pagoda in Ho Chi minh

Emperor Jade Pagoda or Ngoc Hoang Pagoda, which is also known as Tortoise Pagoda, has become popular as one of the most Ho Chi Minh City’s spectacularly atmospheric temples with statues of phantasmal divinities and grotesque heroes. It was also the first stop-over of U.S President Barack Obama during his landmark Vietnam visit. Ngoc Hoang Pagoda was built in 1909 by a Cantonese who migrated from Guangzhou province in Southwest China, in honor of the supreme Taoist god (called the Jade Emperor or King of Heaven, Ngoc Hoang). It is a...

20 Apr

Architectural masterpieces of Hue Royal Tombs

Hue Monuments cannot be perfect without the royal tombs of the Nguyen Dynasty. They are considered as important parts of the complex of Hue. Although the Nguyen Dynasty has 13 Kings, there are currently only 7 tombs which are kept intact: Tomb of Emperor Gia Long (built in 1814-182), Tomb of Emperor Minh Mang (built in 1840-1843), Tomb of Emperor Thieu Tri (built in 1847), Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc (built in 1864-1867), Tomb of Emperor Dong Khanh (built in 1888), Tomb of Emperor Duc Duc (built in 1889) and...

6 Apr

About the ancient Citadel of Hue

Sitting on the North bank of Perfume River and overlooking the South is Kinh Thanh Hue (or Hue Citadel), which has a unique combination of western architecture and an oriental rampart structure. Built under Emperors Gia Long and Minh Mang, though the citadel has witnessed the 2-century ups and downs of history, its 140 structures still preserve almost exactly like the originals. The Hue citadel comprises three layers of ramparts: Kinh Thanh (Hue Capital Citadel), Hoang Thanh (Royal Citadel) and lastly Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden Citadel). If you want to get...

4 Apr

Vietnamese traditional Fried Spring Rolls

Dubbed as one among the most typical Vietnamese traditional food, Vietnamese fried spring rolls (Vietnamese called Nem Rán) has appeared on special occasions of year, especially during Vietnamese Lunar Tet Holidays. However, this dish is currently served all-year-round and presented as a cannot-be-missed food in almost every menu of Vietnamese Restaurant as well as in each Hanoi cooking class tour. It is such a popular dish that many locals of Vietnam own it as their local specialty and normally call it Nem Ran by Northern people and Cha Gio by Southern people.  In...

1 Apr

Exploring culture in Hanoi Temple of Literature

A corner of Temple of LiteratureOne of the cannot-be-missed stop-overs in any Cityinsight's Hanoi city tour is the Temple of Literature, which is only 10 minutes from the heart of Hanoi capital – Hoan Kiem Lake. It was firstly used to honor Confucius under Ly Thanh Tong’s dynasty since it had been constructed in 1070. Six years later, King Ly Nhan Tong continued building Quoc Tu Giam as the 1st University of Vietnam. Nowadays, the Temple of Literature is to celebrate the doctorates and high rank scholars of Vietnam like students with...

29 Feb

Can Cake – a specialty of Ninh Thuan Province

Can Cake is one among Ninh Thuan’s popular cakes, regarded as the must-try dish for visitors to this province. Can Cake is derived from the Cham Community and made from rice powder and steamed on soil stoves, which are produced in Bau Truc, with 10 -15 small holes to cook the cake in. How to make? Firstly, the rice powder is mixed with eggs and water. Secondly, locals pour this mixture of powder, eggs and water into each hold on the soil stove. Finally, the cake is cooked by taking off the stove...

4 Jan

Tasting special Nha Trang’s vermicelli soup

A trip to Nha Trang cannot be perfect without trying a bowl of Bun Ca Sua which is considered as a type of rice vermicelli soup served with fried fish paste and jelly fish. For many years, it is one of the most popular dish for both Nha Trang residents and visitors to this resort city in the Central Province of Vietnam.    A bowl of Bun Ca Sua - specialty of Nha Trang   Normally, each bowl of rice vermicelli with fried and steamed fish paste and jelly fish costs VND20,000-25,000. Importantly, the...

17 Nov

Royal Dance in Hue Imperial Citadel

With a development process through various dynasties in Vietnam from Dinh Dynasty in the 10th century to the Nguyen Dynasty in the early 20th century, royal dance originated to serve royalty, and was performed at different royal ceremony occasions. The Vietnamese royal dance has been fixed the form clearly in the Viet and Cham people community.  For Vietnamese locals, the great majority of royal dances aimed at wishing the sovereign and his family happiness, prosperity and longevity. For example, the origin of the various forms of Mua quat (fan dance) and...

15 Jun

Tasting delicious Vac cake in Hoi An

One of the best street foods in Hoi An, Vietnam that visitors should not miss when traveling to this ancient town is the Vac Cake (dubbed as White Rose), which is made from simple ingredients of rice flour and fresh shrimp. After the most famous dishes in Hoi An, Cao Lau and Quang Noodle, you will surely remember the cake which is very simple but tasted well in your mouth. Where to enjoy? Banh Vac (White Rose) in Hoi An Visitors to Hoi An can enjoy the delicious Vac Cake at a small restaurant...