Thang Long-Hanoi in the eyes of foreign friends
Hanoi, the 1,000-year-old city, is developing rapidly, yet still
maintains its own unique character and traditional values.
was stated by German journalist Maris Kristin, who agreed with 14 other
reporters, who went on a week-long tour of the city called “the Heart of
Vietnam”, organised by the municipal People’s Committee from September
Moved by Hanoi ’s beauty, Park Hae-Yoon from the Republic
of Korea , wrote 7 pages on Hanoi , describing it as active, but
ancient and peaceful.
Coming from a country which is famous for
its culture, Refat Ablelsamiaa Abbas Abdelmoaty Hussein from Egyptian
Television, learnt about Hanoi through its folk songs. He said he
loved these melodies and intended to use them as background music for
his report on Hanoi . He added that he wants to get a CD of
Vietnamese folk music.
Meanwhile, Vansili Bounthi, a reporter
from the Laotian daily newspaper the Pasason, described the tour as his
return to his home. “ Hanoi is very close to my heart and I have with
many memories of when I was a student there,” he said.
the tour, the foreign reporters visited world heritage sites recognised
by UNESCO, including the Thang Long Royal Citadel and the Temple of
Literature , the country’s first university. They also visited the
historical sites of Son Tay citadel and Duong Lam village and the craft
villages of Van Phuc for its silk and Bat Trang for its ceramics.
writing about the capital city’s culture, traditions and economic
development, all the journalists on the tour said they believed that
Hanoi would have wonderful 1,000 year birthday celebration./.