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Cambodian cultural week on horizon

Released at: 16:49, 07/11/2017

Cambodian cultural week on horizon

Photo: Cinet.gov.vn

Cultural week to take place from November 8-11 in Hanoi and Ha Long city.

by Le Diem

A Cambodian cultural week will be held from November 8 to 11 in Hanoi and Ha Long city in northern Quang Ninh province.

The week is being organized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Cambodian Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts to celebrate the 50th anniversary (1967-2017) of diplomatic ties between the two countries and is a chance for Vietnamese people to learn more about the culture and people of Cambodia.

The highlight of the event is an exhibition of Cambodian culture on November 8 at the Vietnam Exhibition Center for Culture and Arts, 2 Hoa Lu, Hai Ba Trung district. The exhibition will introduce the diversity of Cambodia’s natural landscapes and people as well as its UNESCO-recognized tangible and intangible architectural and cultural heritages, such as the Angkor Wat, the Temple of Preah Vihear, and the Sambor Prei Kuk archaeological site.

The exhibition also displays other cultural and artistic works, such as traditional Cambodian costumes, Khmer kites, musical instruments, and paintings depicting the developmental achievements of such cities as Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Battambang, and Sihanoukville.

Another feature of the event is a performance by artists from the Cambodian National Art Troupe from November 8 to 10 in Hanoi and Ha Long city.

The relationship between the two countries has been built for 50 years or more. Early in 2017, at the 4th Meeting on Cooperation and Development among the Border Provinces, both countries’ deputy prime ministers underscored the need to develop the Vietnam-Cambodia border area. They agreed to modernize infrastructure facilities, promote trade, investment, services and tourism and build border economic zones and markets.

Vietnam ranks fifth among 50 countries and territories investing in Cambodia. As at May this year it had invested in 172 projects in the country with total registered capital of $3.61 billion. Cambodia is now the 16th largest export market of Vietnam. The planned construction of 116 warehouses as storage for imports and exports along the borders of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, which are expected to be completed by 2035, will improve trade relations between the two countries.

Vietnam and Cambodia also committed to closely coordinating with other members in the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to ensure the sustainable use and exploitation of water resources in the Mekong River and promoting Lancang-Mekong cooperation.

In terms of people and cultural exchanges, there are currently more than 400 Cambodian students studying in Vietnam. Vietnamese are the largest source of tourists to Cambodia, accounting for 19 per cent of the total.

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