Viet Nam and Singapore Join Hands on Cultural Heritage

A memorandum of understanding for the period 2007-2012 has been signed by Viet Nam and Singapore bringing the two countries together in a spirit of cooperation to mutually promote their cultural heritages.

 
Vietnamese travelers who stay at least two nights at a hotel in Singapore will be given a “Singapore Pass” worth up to SG$173. With this card, they can take part in eight tours including a city tour, a Singapore river tour, a trip to Sentosa Island and others.

Representing the two countries at the signing ceremony were Mr. Dang Van Bai, Director of the Department of National Cultural Heritage in Viet Nam, and Mr. Michael Koh, Chief Executive Officer of the National Heritage Board of the Singaporean Ministry of Information, Communications and Arts.

The two countries plan to intensify the number of cultural exchanges, jointly organize exhibitions and exchange experiences in the collection and preservation of cultural heritage.

In 2008, Singapore’s National Heritage Board will run an exhibition featuring Vietnamese cultural heritage at its museums to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two nations.

Planned events include a display of Vietnamese historical artifacts at the Asian Civilizations Museum, a contemporary and modern art show at the Singapore Arts Museum, an exhibition of Vietnamese postage stamps at the Singapore Philatelic Museum and a Vietnamese film festival at Singapore’s Museum of Cinematography. Directors from Vietnamese museums will also be invited to a national seminar on Singaporean museums in July 2007.

“Viet Nam will learn a lot from Singapore’s valuable experiences in preserving its cultural heritage and promoting tourism. As a result, the Vietnamese government will in turn learn new ways to introduce Singapore’s culture to Vietnamese people”, Mr. Bai said.
 
A special promotional program for Vietnamese tourists traveling in Singapore in April and May 2007 has also been launched by the Singaporean Tourism Agency. Travelers who stay at least two nights at a hotel in Singapore will be given a “Singapore Pass” worth up to SG$173 (around VND1.8 mil). With this card, Vietnamese travelers can take part in around eight tours during two day period including a city tour, a Singapore river tour, a trip to Sentosa Island and others.

Tourists wishing to acquire the pass card need only bring their plane tickets and proof of hotel reservations to the representative office of the Singaporean Tourism Agency, 45 Le Thanh Ton, District 1, in HCM City or the T&A Communications Company, 8th Floor, Tien Phong building, 15 Ho Xuan Huong in Ha Noi.

According to Chang Chee Pey, Managing Director of the Singaporean Tourism Board in Southeast Asia, Singapore expects to welcome ever increasing numbers of Vietnamese visitors to the country in 2007.

Sources NLD, VNE – Translated by Kim Khanh

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