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Lights to shine in celebration of 50 years of ASEAN

Released at: 14:14, 08/08/2017

Lights to shine in celebration of 50 years of ASEAN

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Artistic light shows to be staged in five major cities in Vietnam on August 8.

by Le Diem

On the evening of August 8, artistic light shows will brighten the skies of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hai Phong, and Can Tho, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The light shows will include the three symbolic colors of ASEAN - red, blue and yellow - to express the unity of the bloc. The event is an initiative of the Philippines, the Chair of ASEAN in 2017, and is expected to contribute to raising awareness about the importance and benefits of the ASEAN community.

In Hanoi, the light show will take place at Cach Mang Thang Tam Square.

The northern city of Hai Phong will install 13 lit ASEAN logos on the flag pole at the Opera House.

In the central coastal city of Da Nang, the show will take place at Asia Park near Dragon Bridge. Short videos about ASEAN will also be shown on three large screens in the area.

Several places in Ho Chi Minh City will see 3D light shows, including Thong Nhat Hall, the Opera House, the Ho Chi Minh Museum, the post office, and the headquarters of the city’s People’s Committee. Streets will be pedestrian-only on the night.

In the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho, light will shine over the pedestrian bridge at Ninh Kieu Wharf.

ASEAN was established on August 8, 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand, with the signing of the ASEAN Bangkok Declaration. The founding countries were Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Brunei Darussalam then joined on January 7, 1984, Vietnam on July 28, 1995, Laos and Myanmar on July 23, 1997, and Cambodia on April 30, 1999, making up what is today the ten member states of ASEAN.

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