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Han River to be transformed into a ‘river of light’ with bridges lit up


According to the Signify Vietnam Company – the design consultancy unit of the project, the project aims to give the Han River, an iconic Danang beauty, an artistic makeover, thereby making the city more vivid and romantic when the night comes.

Accordingly, five bridges spanning the Han River in the city center will be bathed in light to ‘breathe new life’ into Danang at night. This will help to create an attractive nighttime tourism product for the city in order to increase tourist numbers and enhance the spiritual lives of local residents, hereby significantly contributing to driving the city’s economic tourism. Especially, the project will help enhance the value of the general urban landscape alongside the Han River, creating a new symbol for the central coastal city.

Under the project, the artistic lighting system will be installed at the Nguyen Van Troi pedestrian bridge, whilst the current lighting systems on four other bridges, namely Thuan Phuoc, Song Han (Han River), Tran Thi Ly and Rong (Dragon), will be upgraded.

In addition, urban landscapes along both banks of the Han River, and riverside parks and green trees will be illuminated.
With regard to the space on the water surface of the river, the project’s design consultancy unit has proposed to add lighting activities for the city’s large-scale events and organize lighting events in the city such as laser light shows, water music programmes, lighting systems in the sky, drone light shows, and 3D water screen projection shows.

Most notably, the Nguyen Van Troi Bridge will play a central role and be a focal point of spreading the long axis of art lighting along the river.

There are two ideas about arts lighting decorations for the bridge: ‘lighting thread’ and ‘carp turns into dragon’. In particular, the ‘lighting thread’ idea will represent the connection of the past to the present and towards the future, whilst the ‘carp turns into a dragon’ theme will feature the dynamic image of Danang as the embodiment of success and complete happiness.

Meanwhile, the city will upgrade the current lighting systems on Thuan Phuoc, Song Han (Han River), Tran Thi Ly and Rong (Dragon) bridges with the aim to promote the development of waterway tourism on the Han River.

All lighting systems on the Han River will be connected and controlled via the internet with the use of the Interact Landmark software. The use of the software makes it easy to create and trigger light shows from anywhere.

The total costs of the installation of a new lighting system for Nguyen Van Troi Bridge, and the upgrade of lighting systems for Song Han, Dragon, Tran Thi Ly and Thuan Phuoc bridges are estimated at VND110 billion.

In his speech delivered at the inauguration ceremony of the expanded APEC Sculpture Park on January 10, 2022, Danang People’s Committee Chairman Le Trung Chinh revealed that the city planned to implement a public art lighting project themed ‘River of Light’ in combination with festival and cultural activities to create a chain of attractive tourism products for the city, thereby contributing to improving the spiritual life of local residents and increasing tourist numbers in the city.



Unique architectural design of Hai Chau District Administration Centre


Creativity in the organization of landscape space

The expansion project, planned at 270 Tran Phu, Phuoc Ninh Ward, Hai Chau District with a total area of 8,010 m2, is expected to consist of the existing Hai Chau District Administrative Centre covering about 4,925 m2, the existing traffic island site with about 2,396 m2 and the planned-to-be-relocated houses nearby with a total area of about 691m2.
The planned project will border a 3m wide alley to the north, the current residential area to the west, Le Dinh Duong Street to the south and Tran Phu Street to the east.

The design team from the Danang Urban Planning Institute proposed the idea of expanding the building looking over Nguyen Van Linh and Han River – Dragon Bridge, instead of Tran Phu one-way street as currently.
The Center has two entrance gates. One is on Nguyen Van Linh Street for entry by visitors heading towards its lobby whilst the other has the façade on Tran Phu Street, serving as an internal gate for its staff.

Creating architectural and landscape highlights

The new Centre is an architectural complex with a layout of three blocks corresponding to the functional blocks of the public administration, office tower, hall and meeting rooms.

The project consists of two basements, two podiums, one floor of open garden space and nine floors of towers (including the technical rooftop) with a total height of 54m so as to create enough azimuth and majestically architectural appearance, and at the same time, being totally suitable for the needs of using a total internal gross floor area of 21,963m2, including two basements dedicated for parking.

It can be realized that the architectural language is modern, gentle and elegant, aiming to turn close to dwellers coming to the Centre, along with exchanges and meetings.

The podium arrays are inspired by the image of communal houses deeply imbued with traditional folk architecture features adapted into modern ones.

The main modern architectural ‘language’ highlights three major methods namely solid block, sunshade and glass walls.
It is notable that the design also offers a modern lighting solution because the building shows off a beautiful view over the western bank of Han River and can be fully exploited as an attractive highlight of the night landscape.

The exploitation of the aesthetic lighting beauty of the building is based on both methods of lighting up the interior and exterior spaces with the effective application of all kinds of lights, including LED ones.  This harmonious combination aims to help the project to ‘truly live’ at night amid the dynamic urban life of the downtown district.



Forthcoming key tasks in fight against COVID-19

Pursuant to the direction of the Vietnamese Prime Minister, the Ministry of Health has coordinated with relevant ministries and departments to draft the Master Strategy on COVID-19 pandemic prevention and control for the 2021 – 2023 term. In particular, a number of key immediate tasks were identified as below.



Vietnam to develop new tourism products for South Korean vacationers


On Monday, authorities in Quang Binh, Thua Thien-Hue, Danang, and Quang Nam held a joint webinar to promote tourism aimed at the South Korean market.

Nam Dukhyun, representative of CH Commons Company, said that South Korean tourists have had a change in demand and spending behaviors.

A recent survey on travel options showed that a tour package of one to four days is preferred by up to 66 percent of South Koreans.

Some 53 percent of South Korean tourists are fond of leisure travel, while 43 percent enjoy visiting family and friends, and 22 percent choose outdoor sports.

Tourist attractions that embrace a closed tourism model without outside contact and are close to nature will attract such tourists, according to available data.

Vietnam has plenty of potential to satisfy different tourism demands, therefore South Korea’s travel agencies expressed their wish to organize charter flights and self-contained full-service tours for customers for the upcoming year-end and Lunar New Year holiday.

According to Nguyen Xuan Binh, vice-director of the Danang Department of Tourism, Vietnam is actively reviving international tourism with COVID-19 safety regulations in place to ensure a safe reopening.

From November, the main source of international visitors to the four said localities are expected to be mainly Vietnamese who are currently abroad and wish to return home to visit family, as well as guests from markets such as South Korea and Japan.

A trial period is crucial to Vietnam’s desire to fully reopen its tourism industry and welcome international visitors in June 2022.

Danang, among the localities that have been chosen for this trial, has carefully prepared safety protocols to welcome tourists, with plans for inbound travelers consisting of three phases:

Phase one (from November 2021): Danang welcomes international travelers who book full-service tours through charter flights and commercial flights to selected accommodations.

The city will select accommodations to service international guests, including hotels, resorts, and golf courses that meet requirements and match package tours developed by travel companies. The packages are expected to include a combination of hotels, golf tours, and leisure tours with entertainment activities.

Phase two (from January 2022): Danang will expand its plans to welcome foreign travelers, connecting destinations through charter flights and commercial flights. Visitors can participate in tour packages combined with other permitted cities and provinces after completing the tourism program at the first destination in seven days.

Phase three: The full reopening of tourism to foreign travelers will depend on the state of the pandemic and on the evaluation of the results of welcoming international tourists in the first two phases.



Various activities planned to celebrate 25th anniversary of Danang’s recognition as a centrally-governed city


An array of exciting activities and cultural events will be held across Danang from late this year until early next year to mark 25 years since the city’s recognition as a centrally-governed city on 1 January 1997.

Specifically, a photo exhibition will be organized along both banks of the Han River, and at the Museum of Danang, from December 15, 2021 – January 15, 2022.

In December 2021 and January 2022, the city will celebrate the arrival of New Year 2022 and the 25th anniversary of its recognition as a centrally-governed city with a number of fascinating arts programs to be hosted by the municipal Youth Union and the city’s Junior College of Culture and Arts.

From December 25, 2021 – January 5, 2022, the city’s Culture and Movie Center will show numerous fascinating films at the Le Do Cinema, and in some remote areas in Hoa Vang District.

In the evening of December 30, a Trung Vuong Theatre-organized special arts programme will be live streamed on the Danang Radio and Television Station channel and the theatre’s online social platforms to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Danang’s recognition as a centrally-governed city.

The New Year Countdown Party 2022 will be held from 7.30pm on 31 December at the 29 March Square on 2 September Street.

Most notably, Danang will ring in New Year 2022 with spectacular fireworks at the Nguyen Van Troi Bridge on New Year’s Eve.



48 arts works to be displayed at ‘Danang Fine Arts 2021’ exhibition


Co-hosted by the municipal Fine Arts Association and the Museum, the event aims to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Traditional Day of Viet Nam Fine Arts (December 10, 1951-2021), the 64th birthday of the Viet Nam Fine Arts Association (1957 – 2021), and the 20th birthday of the Danang Fine Arts Association (December 24, 2001 – 2021).

On display at the exhibition will be 48 arts works made by 44 painters and sculptors citywide who are members and collaborators of the Danang Fine Arts Association. The displayed works are created by various materials and techniques, including oil and lacquer painting, watercolors, acrylic, silk, wood carving, statues and reliefs.

Also at the event, the municipal Fine Arts Association will honor painters and sculptors for their outstanding works.



Train ride through central Vietnam among six amazing Asian journeys


According to details given by the website, The Vietage, a custom-design carriage, offers guests a luxurious train journey through the southcentral region. It carries no more than 12 passengers and brings a comfortable experience for international travelers to enjoy in style.

“The scenery is as peaceful as it is lush: water buffaloes graze in wide-open fields, humble villages flit by and impossibly green fields beg to be photographed,” says CNN, adding, “Onboard, marble tables, rattan screens and private booths evoke the romance of vintage rail travel.”

Rounding off the list of the top six Asian train journeys for food, scenery, and culture are Belmond Eastern and Oriental Express connecting from Bangkok to Singapore, Seven Stars of Japan, the Sri Lanka Main Line connecting Kandy to Ella, Palace on Wheels of India, and Alishan Forest Railway of Taiwan (China).



Danang to host routes Asia Development Forum 2022


The 16th annual Routes Asia Development Forum 2022 will take place on June 6-8, 2022 in Danang, co-organized by the Danang People’s Committee, Danang Department of Tourism, IPP Travel Retail, a subsidiary of Imex Pan Pacific Group (IPPG) and Informa Routes. The event is expected to offer a platform for airlines, airports and tourism authorities to boost cooperative relationships, establish new routes and expand aviation networks, then driving international tourism and aviation activities while connecting Danang with regional and global air transport networks.

“Routes Asia 2022 is a great opportunity to promote the dynamic and hospitable nature of the city. Meanwhile, this event shall deliver increased international routes to Danang, facilitating the economic recovery, specifically on tourism industry. As being chosen as the host city of Routes Asia 2021, Danang continues to affirm its position as a Asia’s Leading Festival and Event destination, a dynamic aviation hub for tourism development in Vietnam and the region. “, said Mr. Nguyen Xuan Binh, Deputy Director of Danang Department of Tourism.

“Danang is a city that has experienced tremendous growth and possesses strong community strength. We aim to bring an international event, an opportunity to connect not only Danang but also neighboring provinces and cities to the world. Aviation and Tourism are two industries that have been contributing greatly to Danang’s economic development; therefore, the planning and development of flight routes is one of the most important tasks to restart and restore the city’s economy following the COVID-19 pandemic. This has motivated us to resolve to bring Routes Asia 2022 to Danang.” – Mr. Nguyen Phi Long, CEO of IPP Travel Retail stated.

Being held for the first time in 2003, Routes Asia is the only dedicated annual route development event for the Asia – Pacific region, uniting decision makers of the global air transport industry. Within the last few years, Routes Asia was held in
Kunming, China (2015), Manila, Philippines (2016), Okinawa, Japan (2017) and Brisbane, Australia (2018). The 2019 edition of the route development forum hosted in Cebu, Philippines welcomed more than 1000 delegates, 25 speakers from across 60 countries and 113 international leading airlines.

Source: Danang Department of Tourism


Keep in mind brief overview of electronic identification


The Vietnamese Prime Minister has recently issued Decision No. 34/2021/QD-TTg on electronic identification and authentication based on the National Database on population, citizen identification and immigration. Of this, the level 2 of electronic identification account values the same legal as a citizen’s identification card.



Danang FantastiCity is organizing Instagram photo contest for Korean tourists


The contest, co-organized by Danang Department of Tourism and HanaTour from 15 November to 15 December 2021, is open for all Koreans and residents in South Korea.

The First winner will win the 4-day-3-night all-inclusive trip to Danang, sponsored by HanaTour. The total value of all prizes is up to 90 million Vietnam Dong.

“Korea is the leading tourist market for Danang. In the period from 2013 – 2019, the Korean inbound market in Danang has grown 30 times and accounts for 55.4% of international tourists in Danang. “Danang in my heart” photo contest is the social media campaign to increase the destination awareness to Korean market and boost their need of travelling”, Mrs. Nguyen Thi Hoai An, Director of Danang Center for Tourism Promotion said.

Contest rules are simple: The participants share posts about Danang along with key hashtags includes #내마음의다낭 #dananginmyheart on their official Instagram account and gather “heart” (the liking expression) for their post as many as possible to win the prize.

The entry among top 26 most loved and having the best contest selected by the organizers will win Danang Fantastic Heart, including 300,000-won gift voucher and one 4-day-3-night all-inclusive trip to Danang by HanaTour.

Other entries in the top 26 most loved can win 05 Danang Heart Prizes or 20 Thank you Coupons.

Danang Heart includes 100,000-won gift voucher and 01 night stay with breakfast for 2 people in Furama Resort Danang.


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