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Bat Trang ceramics keep tradition alive

The 100- year-old pottery village of Bat Trang is located 13 km southeast of Hanoi. In recent decades, the vitality of this village could be seen by thousands of pottery kiln fired up day and night. For more than half a century, Bat Trang ceramics have been well known for worship used in and in daily life including bowls, dishes, pots, cups, wine pots, vases and leg lamps. The village’s wares are sold throughout the country and abroad.

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Efforts made to preserve gong culture

The Institute of Culture and Information and artisans from the Central Highlands yesterday worked out a five year plan of action on collection and preservation of gong culture. This is a step towards the proposals submitted to the UNESCO for its recognition of Central Highland gongs as part of mankind’s heritage.

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Behind the walls

To honour the capital's liberation from the French in 1954, Hanoi's citadel is inviting the public to visit its historically rich grounds. A free guided tour throughout the month of October allows visitors to touch and feel the building's stormy history as it has unfolded through the last millennium.

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