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Diversified activities in town during weekend

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Hoang The Phong

Visitors are seen at Nguyen Hue pedestrian square in downtown HCMC. This Saturday, the opening ceremony of the HCMC-Gyeongju World Cultural Festival will take place at the pedestrian square - PHOTO: THANH HOA

A variety of cultural, entertainment and community activities will as usual take place this weekend in HCMC, providing city dwellers and those from abroad with numerous choices for weekend celebrations. This weekend’s particular programs also include charitable events. Following are some events and destinations recommended for tourists.  

HCMC-Gyeongju World Cultural Festival (Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Square, District 1)

The opening ceremony of the HCMC-Gyeongju World Cultural Festival is scheduled for this Saturday at Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Square in downtown HCMC, promising a variety of cultural and entertainment activities to boost cultural exchanges between Vietnam and South Korea.

This year marks the first time HCMC has joined forces with Gyeongsangbuk-do Province of South Korea to host the world cultural festival in celebration of 25 years of diplomatic relations between the two nations.
According to the organizing committee, the opening day of the 23-day festival is expected to woo thousands of guests and heat up the city’s first pedestrian-only street with scores of art performances from 15 countries around the world such as Russia, China, India, and Thailand.

Local and international tourists can admire a range of activities including fashion shows, opera performance, art exhibition, sporting events and numerous programs promoting traditional products and tourist attractions of HCMC and Gyeongsangbuk-do Province.

The festival gives a special occasion for local and international tourists to gain hands-on experience into the long-standing historical and cultural features between Vietnam and Korea.

Doan Tuan Linh, deputy director of the HCMC Department of Foreign Affairs, was quoted by local media as saying that around 800,000 visitors, including city dwellers, Korean people and the foreign community residing and working in the city will partake in the festival slated from November 11 to December 3.

Organized for the first time in 1998, the biennial festival is endorsed by the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and the United Nations World Tourism Organization. 

Balade en France (Hotel Equatorial, 242 Tran Binh Trong Street, District 5)

This weekend, those embracing a passion for French gastronomy and wines should head for the eighth edition of the “Balade en France” event at the Hotel Equatorial HCMC in District 5 on November 10-11.

As part of the French Month in Vietnam, the annual event is aimed to bring French gastronomy closer to the Vietnamese.

Apart from watching dance shows and music performances by popular Vietnamese and French artists, participants are able to explore French culinary culture and enjoy French delicacies from popular brands like Annam Gourmet, Annam Fine Food, Astair, New Viet Wines, Celliers d’Asie, Da Loc and The Warehouse.

A highlighted feature of the forthcoming event is a French Market which will be ready on Sunday, November 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. where party-goers can feel free to look for a variety of French wines and products with attractive prices.

Pre-sale tickets are priced at VND150,000 per adult and VND80,000 per child. Tickets at the gate cost VND250,000 per adult and VND150,000 per child (under 14 years old). Children under six years old can enter the event at no charge.

Meanwhile, coupons which are priced at VND20,000 each will be on sale at the booths of those participating brands.

In addition, those curious about the French culinary culture can also join the French Feast in Saigon this Sunday, November 12 at the Hotel Equatorial, with French chef Jean Michel Fraisse attending.
The French chef is expected to bring to the hotel a wealth of fine dining knowledge from his abundant experience and passion.

Diners can explore a sumptuous buffet night featuring well-known signature dishes of French and exchange with the renowned chef to get a glimpse into his cooking art and French culinary culture.

The buffest is available from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Run for the Heart 2017 (Celadon City, 68 N1 Street, Son Ky Ward, Tan Phu District)

Property developer Gamuda Land Vietnam, an arm of Malaysia’s property giant Gamuda Berhad, will join hands with charitable fund Heartbeat Vietnam to hold a charity run this Sunday November 12 in HCMC’s Tan Phu District.

The “Run for the Heart 2017” program is calling for donations in cash from the public and business partners to raise funds for poor Vietnamese children who suffer from heart diseases.

Sport enthusiasts and young people can donate VND100,000 to join the run and get a complimentary T-shirt to help those babies with heart defects and light up a hope for a bright future among these children.

Data of the Ministry of Public Health indicates that around 16,000 to 20,000 babies are born with heart diseases every year in Vietnam, with half of them died before the age of 18 due to their family’s limited financial conditions. 

This year’s event, aimed at helping finance heart operations on 120 poor children, will take place from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Celadon City, 68 N1 Street, Son Ky Ward, Tan Phu District, HCMC.

Blood Donation Day (Saigon Times Group, 35 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, District 1)

Those with full enthusiasm and strong willingness for community activities with an aim to bring smiles and happiness for less fortunate people are advised to join a voluntary blood donation program at the head office of the Saigon Times Group this Saturday November 11.

The humanitarian event is organized by the two English publications of the Saigon Times Group – The Saigon Times Weekly and The Saigon Times Daily - in conjunction with the Blood Donation Center of Vietnam Red Cross in HCMC in an effort to help save patients in need.

Sponsored by Hung Loc Phat Co., which specializes in construction and real estate, the event is also envisaged to celebrate the 26th anniversary of The Saigon Times Weekly and the 22th anniversary of The Saigon Times Daily.

Those interested in the community activity can contact Ms. Truc Nhu via email: trucnhu@kinhtesaigon.vn or cellphone: 0902525180, and Ms. Bich Dao via email: bichdao@kinhtesaigon.vn or cellphone: 0908.358.458.

The head office of the Saigon Times Group is located at 35 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, District 1, HCMC.

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