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    info VIETNAMESE TEMPLES AND PAGODAS

    Pagoda or Temple? Traveling around Vietnam, one continually encounters the terms ’pagoda' and ‘temple’. The Vietnamese use these terms somewhat differently to the Chinese and, as a result, it can be confusing (particularly if you've just come from China). To the Chinese, a pagoda is usually a...
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    travel National Parks of Vietnam

    Vietnam currently has 13 national parks and an expanding array of nature reserves. Nine of the parks (Ba Be, Ba Vi, Bach Ma, Ben En, Cat Ba, Cat Tien, Cue Phuong, Tam Dao and Yok Don) are administered by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Develop¬ment (MARD) and Forest Protection De¬partment...
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    info VIETNAMESE TEMPLES AND PAGODAS

    Pagodas and temples reflect the cultural diversity of religious practice in Vietnam and are a focus of social, political and religious life Each Vietnamese village has its own complex of temple buildings, including the dinh (communal house), where the village founder is venerated and the...
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    info introducing food and drink in Vietnam

    Although Chinese and French influences are discernible (French baguettes, for example), Vietnam has its own distinct cuisine, reputed to encompass more than 500 different dishes. Rice is the staple food and a typical meal comprises rice served from a communal bowl, eaten with helpings from other...
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    info Religion and Buddhism in Vietnam

    Most Vietnamese would describe themselves as Buddhists, but theirs is a very different Buddhism to that practiced elsewhere in mainland Southeast Asia. Buddhism came to Vietnam from the north, by way of China, as did the other major belief systems of the Vietnamese, Confucianism and Taoism. The...
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    travel Climate and when to go

    Vietnam’s location in the Southeast Asian monsoon zone, between the Tropic of Cancer and the Equator, gives rise to a complex and humid climate. The average temperature of 22°C (72°F) varies slightly from one season to another. Northern Vietnam’s climate is influenced by the winds of Central...
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    info People and Ethnic minorities in Vietnam

    About 87 percent of the 83.5-million population are ethnic Viets (nowadays 2020 the population is 95.5 million), also known as Kinh. It is likely that they are descended from a number of diverse ethnic groups. Foremost among these is the Hung, also known as Lac, who practiced intensive wet rice...
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    info VIETNAM HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS

    Legendary period King De Minh marries a mountain fairy. Their offspring, Kinh Duong, marries the daughter of the Dragon Lord of the Sea. Their son, Lac Long Quan or ‘Dragon Lord of Lac’, is regarded as the first Vietnamese king. 258BC Thuc Pan, ruler of Au Viet, establishes a new Vietnamese...