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Ho Chi Minh City welcomes the world’s largest rubber duck

In these days, residents of and visitors to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon) have had a chance to see the biggest rubber duck in the world. The city has become the 16th destinations in the world tour of the 26m high rubber duck.

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The iconic duck of 600kg heavy is on display at the Ban Nguyet (Crescent) Lake in District 7 for one month starting on April 27.

The giant rubber duck was constructed with more than 200 pieces of PVC (polyvinyl chloride). There is an opening at the back of the body so that architecture/ staff can perform a body check of the rubber duck.

In addition, there is an electric fan in its body so that it can be inflated at any time, in either good or bad weather.

The creator of the giant rubber duck, Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, tried to entertain the world by a tour named “Spreading joy around the world” established in 2007. He aimed to recall everyone’s childhood memories by exhibiting the duck in 14 cities, starting in his own Amsterdam, Netherlands.

It has since been displayed in different cities around the world like Belgium’s Lommel, Japan’s Osaka, Australia’s Sydney and Hong Kong

Hofman once said in an interview that he wanted to remind people around the world of their childhood’s memories with the world exhibition of his work.

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The first “Don ca tai tu” festival

Don Ca Tai Tu (or Southern Amateur music) – the musical art that UNESCO has recognized as intangible cultural heritage has long been become very popular among locals as well as travelers to Southern Vietnam. To appreciate as well as preserve its values, the first national festival of “Don ca tai tu” officially opened in the southern province of Bac Lieu on April 24 with the participations of artists from 21 provinces and cities in the region.

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The festival featured a lot of exciting activities with a highlight of performances of “ Don ca tai tu” which were held on the first day of the festival at the Ho Nam eco-tourism site in Bac Lieu city.

Meanwhile, a tourism and trade fair was held introducing the specialties of regional localities. The host Bac Lieu brought traditional farm products, including rice and seafood, to display at the event, which will run until April 29.

A six-day exhibition on ornamental trees and a food festival are also taking place during the festival.

The national “Don Ca Tai Tu” festival is scheduled to be held triennially across southern provinces in turn.

Known as a musical art that has both scholarly and folk roots, “Don ca tai tu” developed in southern Viet Nam in the late 19th century. The impromptu art honours the creativity and artistry of the performers.

UNESCO recognised the art as intangible cultural heritage on December 5 during the eighth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Influenced by other forms of cultural heritage from the central and southern regions of Viet Nam, such as “nhac le” (ceremonial music) and “hat boi” (classical theatre and folk singing), the music genre was added to the National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2012.