After an electrical fire knocked out its lights a few months ago, one of the most photographed and iconic symbols of modern Saigon has returned to light up the streets of The Pham. Yes, you got it in one. That enormous Crazy Buffalo sign is back, and with a vengeance, too.
In mid-December, to celebrate 40 years of diplomatic ties between France and Vietnam, the Reunification Palace was lit up in a spectacular 3D light show created by Les Allumeurs d'Images.
In Vietnam, it is rare to see exhibitions of the most prominent Vietnamese artists. The stars of the country’s art world are in high demand in art fairs, biennials and museums in other parts of the globe.
All the burger talk this past month has centred on McDonald’s long-awaited entrée into the chain-hungry Vietnamese market, with a three-property location and 24-hour drive-thru service in downtown Ho Chi Minh City set to debut after Tet. It’s a move that’s been years in the making.
Streams of sunlight crawled across the early morning sky as the sea of blue-clad participants stretched and jogged in place. Close to 5,500 people were about to flood Phu My Hung over the next couple of hours — a tidal wave of runners would stretch from Crescent Mall to the Phu My Bridge, and back again.
Four years ago a new transport scheme was introduced to help relieve congestion pressure on Hanoi’s Old Quarter — the electric car. Designed to shuttle tourists around the labyrinthine streets of Hanoi’s historical heart, it was believed that this new mode of transport would reduce bottlenecks and pollution. While it provided a welcome new sightseeing service for tourists, the traffic jams and motorbike fumes remained.
Rarely do you hear of Vietnamese works of art being restored. Which is why artist Nguyen Lam’s recent restoration of the nine-panel lacquerware work, The Procession, by artist Nguyen Gia Tri is of such note.