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ASEAN Village overwhelms visitors with joyful atmosphere

Nguyen Quy
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ASEAN Village overwhelms visitors with joyful atmosphere

Nguyen Quy

A Cham woman from Bay Hien weaving village in Tan Binh District introduces the technique of weaving tho cam (brocade) cloth to visitors at the Vietnamese booth - PHOTOS: HOANG PHONG

Huge numbers of local youths and foreign tourists flooded Zone B of September 23 Park in HCMC’s District 1 on weekend days to get engaged in the jubilant atmosphere of the ASEAN Village, a cultural festival in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and 22 years since Vietnam joined the bloc. 

Organized by the HCMC Department of External Affairs in collaboration with the Consulates General of 10 ASEAN member nations, the four-day event which wrapped up on September 24 was envisaged to provide abundant opportunities for city dwellers and those from abroad to gain a deeper insight into the diverse culinary cultures and impressive lifestyles of ASEAN member countries. 

Upon arriving at the festival, those with a great passion to get an insight into the colorful culinary arts of neighboring countries such as Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Cambodia but unable to afford a trip to such countries grasped a valuable chance to savor authentic flavors of tasty dishes from different cultures and indulge themselves in the culinary and cultural space of old Asian streets with around 50 food stalls.

Meanwhile, visitors to the event were also able to enjoy the bustling and exciting atmosphere awash with scores of exhilarating art performances organized by the Consulates General of ASEAN member nations in the city, highlighting popular dances and songs and unique traditional costumes. 

Artists from the Consulate General of Laos in HCMC perform at the third night of the festival

Thanks to its convenient location in close proximity to the backpackers’ quarter in HCMC’s District 1, the festival has heaped praise from not only city inhabitants and residents from ASEAN countries who are living and studying in the city but also throngs of Western backpackers. 

Ho Trung Hieu, a 42-year-old street food seller of grilled seafood skewers and soft drinks at the four-day festival, told the Daily that the number of visitors to the event on weekend nights is significantly higher than on the opening day, adding that most of street foods there are sold at an acceptable price ranging from VND15,000 to VND40,000 each, thus capturing huge attention of budget-conscious tourists. 

A 48-year-old Australian man cannot hide his joy, saying that this is the first time he has witnessed plenty of outstanding dance performances depicting the distinguished cultural and spiritual values of Southeast Asian regions. 

Furthermore, Tran Minh Trung, a lecturer at the HCMC Open University, explains to the Daily that he is really impressed at the Vietnamese booth introducing the country’s special cultural traits such as the technique of weaving tho cam (brocade) cloth and the craft of making pottery, which help boost tourism development and promote Vietnamese culture to international friends.

Young girls are seen browsing for handicraft products
Tourists wait to pick up their meals at a food stand

 

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