Night tours discovering Ngoc Son temple in Hanoi launched

Wednesday, 31/01/2024 21:15
According to VNA, a nighttime tourism programme to discover the Ngoc Son temple on Hoan Kiem Lake, downtown Hanoi, debuted at a ceremony on January 31.
A performance on The Huc bridge of the temple as part of the programme (Source: 

As a blend of the ancient architecture of the special national relic site and its associated rituals and folklore, it utilises sound, light, and modern projection technology to showcase Vietnam’s traditional cultural values.

Night tours discovering Ngoc Son temple in Hanoi launched (Source: 

Organised on evenings of the first four days of the week starting February, each tour under the experimental programme lasts for 60 minutes and serves between 60 and 70 visitors.

 The opening ceremony (Source: 

At the launch ceremony, head of the municipal heritage management board Nguyen Doan Van hoped that with the programme, the special national relic site of Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son temple is no longer just "resources" but will become products of the cultural industry, capable of attracting a wide range of tourists both domestically and internationally.

The capital city is striving to achieve the goal of the cultural industry contributing about 5% to its GRDP by 2025 and 8% by 2030.

HCM City pilots use of electric cars to serve tourists

Ho Chi Minh City is planning to use some 200 electric cars to transport tourists around downtown, reported VNA.

HCM City pilots use of electric cars to serve tourists (Source:

The city’s Department of Transport has submitted a pilot project of using electric cars to the municipal People's Committee for consideration and approval.

Under the project, each car can carry 5-14 passengers, with a maximum speed of 30km per hour for tours around the city.

The service will operate from six hours to 24 hours per day, and is carried out by the Saigon Public Transport Co., Ltd.

The cars will park at a parking lot owned by the Sai Gon Transportation Mechanical Corporation (SAMCO) at No 121 on Co Giang street in district 1.

Illustrative photo (Photo:

Pick-up and drop-off locations will be agreed upon with tourist accommodation establishments and tourist attractions. The area for vehicles serving tourism will be at 23/9 Park in district 1.

Tourists can book the electric car service via a mobile app or directly with staff.

Initially, 70 cars with a capacity of eight to 10 seats will be put into operation. In the following stages, 60 more cars with seven seats or less and 70 cars with a capacity of 11-14 seats will be added to the fleet, which will operate 24 hours a day.

The scheme will start from district 1 to district 4, crossing Nha Rong Wharf, Khanh Hoi Bridge, and Ton Duc Thang, Nguyen Binh Khiem, Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Hoang Sa, Hai Ba Trung, Nguyen Van Cu and Vo Van Kiet streets, Calmette Bridge, Doan Van Bo, Hoang Dieu and Nguyen Tat Thanh streets, and Nha Rong Port.

In the second phase, the service will be expanded to districts 5 and 6, crossing Nguyen Van Cu, Nguyen Trai, Nguyen Tri Phuong, Hung Vuong, Hong Bang, Nguyen Thi Nho, Le Quang Sung, Pham Dinh Ho, Thap Muoi and Hai Thuong Lan Ong streets.

In the third phase, it will cover Thu Duc city and districts 3 and 10.

Ho Chi Minh City welcomes more than 2.7 million visitors in January

Ho Chi Minh City received more than 416,000 international arrivals and over 2.3 million domestic holidaymakers throughout January, up 16.7% and 12.9% against the same period last year, respectively, VOV cited the report by the municipal Department of Tourism.

Ho Chi Minh City welcomes more than 2.7 million visitors in January 

The local tourism industry earned nearly VND13 trillion in January, representing a year-on-year rise of 57.4% and meeting 6.8% of the annual plan.

To introduce the southern city’s popular destinations and tourism products in February, the local tourism industry plans to  deploy typical tourism products aimed at fully tapping into the tourism strength of its Thu Duc satellite city and other provinces.

Furthermore, the city will effectively co-ordinate with relevant units to organise tourism activities and events, with a specific focus on the 2024 Homeland Spring programme for overseas Vietnamese and the Spring flower market.

The local tourism industry aims to welcome about six million international visitors and roughly 38 million domestic visitors this year, and earn a total tourism revenue of VND190 trillion.

Meanwhile, Vietnam has set a goal of receiving 17 - 18 million international visitors, serving 110 million domestic tourists, and obtaining a total tourism revenue of around VND840 trillion./.

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