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Life in the Mekong Delta revolves much around the river, and many of the villages are often accessible by rivers and canals rather than by road.
Representatives from the Government Committee for Religious Affairs and local authorities joined more than 100 Islamic followers at the event.
The participants agreed that from now until 2015, the Islamic Cham community will continue to organise religious courses combined with the dissemination of law to its believers.
The community will seek funding to support Cham students pursuing graduate and post-graduate study both in and outside the country, and hold more Vietnamese-Cham bilingual courses at local schools and mosques.
At the congress, the delegates elected a 16-member representative board of the Islamic Cham community for the 2010-2015 term, with MuSa Haji re-elected as its head.
An Giang province is now home to over 15,000 Islamic Cham people who conduct religious practice at 27 mosques in seven districts and towns.
Over the past five years, a total of 1,813 houses were built for poor Cham families in An Giang, with financial support sourced from hunger eradication and poverty reduction Programmes 134 and 135./.
Ba Chua Xu Temple
The temple of Ba Chua Xu, a protector goddess, was constructed in 1820 at the foot of Sam Mountain, to the west of the town of Chau Doc. According to legend, in the early 1800’s villagers found a statue of a lady dating to the 6th century in the forest. A temple was built in her honor with the hopes that she would bring people better lives and bountiful harvests. The temple is constructed according to the Chinese character “quoc” with four roofs of blue tiles. Within the temple is a much-venerated marble statue of Ba Chua, meaning “country lady”. Worshippers touch her statue and ask for her protection and benediction. A great festival is held annually from the 23rd to the 27th of the fourth lunar month with the 25th day being the most important. During the festival days, many traditional cultural activities and dances are organized.
Tra Su flooding Forest
Located in Van Giao Commune of Tinh Bien District in An Giang Province, Tra Su Cajeput Forest covers an area of 845ha, belonging to the national specialized forest system in the western region in Southern Vietnam. It is an ideal place for researchers and those who love wild animals
Prior to 1975, the local natural forests were destroyed by the enemy’s bombs and became uncultivated areas. After the war, authorities in An Giang Province invested to reforest cajeput and build a 12km long, 4m wide and 4m high dyke system that helps prevent the area from being swamped during flood season.
According to Tran Ngoc Rang, Head of the Tra Su Cajuput Forest Management Board, at present, cajuput from 5 to 25 years old are planted in the 713ha forest. With its ecosystem, the cajuput forest will become a cradle to create the food source for many animals, particularly species of birds.
Here, there are 140 specified floral varieties with 22 varieties of trees, 25 varieties of shrubs, 10 varieties of vines, 70 varieties of grasses, 13 species of aquatic plants, 22 varieties of ornamental plants, 9 varieties of fruit trees and particularly many varieties of medicinal herbs of high value, 11 species of beasts belonging to 6 families and 4 orders, 70 species of birds belonging to 3 families and 13 orders, 2 rare and precious varieties of birds, including Giang sen (Mycteria Leucocephala) and Dieng dieng (Anhiga melanogaster), 20 species of reptiles, 5 species of amphibians and 23 species of fish, including Ca com (Chitala ornata) and Tre trang (Clarias batrachus) having the scientific value and being in danger of extinction.
Tran Ngoc Rang said that in the coming time the management board will build a 10-15ha area to raise wild animals with the aim of developing the area into a garden with animals and plants of the flooded ecosystem in service of education, research and ecotourism.
Since 1999 the forest has attracted tourists. However it wasn't until 2005 tourism activities officially took place. The Province invested 18 billion VND in building infrastructure to serve the management and protection of the forest. Visiting the area, tourists will have a chance to behold the beauty of the forest with the remaining vestiges of rivers, canals, etc., and relax among wild nature for Vietnam travel.
Apart from the significance of preservation and economic value, the area also boasts many unique cultural features as it is the home of the Kh’mer and Kinh people who practice several traditional handicrafts, such as brocade weaving, silk weaving, cooking Thot not (Borassus flabellifer) sugar, distilling cajuput essential oil, raising bees for honey, etc.
Binh Thuy Ancient House
Binh Thuy ancient house Can Tho has long been renowned for its ancient beauty along with its unique architecture. Antiques and prominent traditional cultural features have been still deliberately preserved and promoted by descendants of the founder.
Located on Bui Huu Nghia Street, Binh Thuy ward, Binh Thuy District, Can Tho, Binh Thuy ancient house which was built in 1807 has been owned by Duong family. The house seems to be much brilliant in the sunlight with its sophisticated French architecture. Outside the house are 4 elegant bow-shaped sidesteps with high ceilings decorated harmonious motifs and many multi-sized doors beautifying nobility for ancient house. Embellishing the beauty is embossed reliefs decorated outside facade. All creates the elegant beauty of the house at the turn of the 2 centuries. Unique architectural in the harmonious combination between East and West has taken Binh Thuy ancient house to become one of the must-see tourist attractions in Can Tho. The main house is the wonderful rendezvous for tourists who prefer to explore the unique architecture.
French Colonial-style house in Binh Thuy Village, Can Tho -
Unlike other ancient houses in Can Tho, Binh Thuy ancient house retains 5 compartments and 2 wings with 22m long, 16m deep on an area of 6,000m2. Inside the courtyard are bonsai and ornamental flowers. On the right is an orchid garden; whereas on the left corner is Mexican cactus about 8 meters high with the age of about 40. Behind the house is the the fruit orchards which is cultural typical feature of the locals. The large courtyard is tiled with Chinese brick and entrance into the house is 4 bow-shaped side stairs. The ancient house is relatively large thanks to 6 rows of total 24 black ironwood pillars with about 30 cm in diameter. Connecting among the system of columns and beams is brown wood details sophisticatedly carved. Thanks to the airy system of doors and windows, the house is always cool. Discovering the unique characteristics of design and architecture of the ancient house is truly one of the fascinating things to do in Can Tho. Binh Thuy ancient house thus becomes one of the most appealing tourist sites in Can Tho travel.
Binh Thuy ancient house - Courtyard - Source: Image from Wikimedia Commons
Although modeled as design of French architecture, the ancient house is decorated in typical Southern architectural style and becomes one of the tourist sites in Mekong Delta travel. The solemn altar situated right at the middle of the house is red lacquer trimmed with gold. Beds, cabinets, inlays and couches are extremely spectacular. Tourists will find here a very harmonious arrangement along with the precious antiques. Mingling Chinese furniture is French-style mosaic armchair under Louis XIV, pair of chandelier belonging to 19th century, lavabo together with 4 French oil lamp poles over 3 meters high placed at the four corners of the house. The house is also home to particular features from flooring tiles, row of iron fence, crystal chandeliers to murals and especially the hand sink with white enamel and blue patterns on wooden unique platform..., which are imported from France. It is distinctive details that have given Binh Thuy ancient house to become one of the most impressive Can Tho attractions.
Facade of Binh Thuy ancient house -
As one of the most spectacular Can Tho ancient houses in particular and ancient houses in Vietnam in general, the architectural style of Binh Thuy is decorated in the style of Western Europe, yet the sanctum, the most solemn place is designed under the Oriental architecture. It displays the harmonious and selective cultural communication between East and West, which expresses wonderful aesthetic tastes of the owner: absorbing modern factors but still restoring traditional manners making plentiful and diverse cultural features in the new land. It is perhaps one of the reasons why numerous directors, studios and domestic and foreign filmmakers chose this place for filming their famous movies. Not only attracting domestic tourists, Binh Thuy ancient house also the fascinating rendezvous for many foreign tourists in Can Tho tours.
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