Would you dare to join worm-eating challenge in Saigon? | Travel | Thanh Nien Daily

 

The challenge put forward by Bo Cap Lua Restaurant. Photo credit: Nguoi Lao Dong

More than 100 customers have taken up the gauntlet thrown down by a Ho Chi Minh City restaurant, which has offered VND1 million (US$47) to anyone willing to eat 20 deep-fried scorpions and five live coconut worms. 

The Bo Cap Lua (Fire Scorpion) Restaurant, which specializes in insects and reptiles, in Go Vap District launched the month-long challenge on March 1, Nguoi Lao Dong (Laborer) newspaper reported. 

Those aged 18 and above are invited to eat the scorpions and the worms in five minutes. Those aged below 18 can also take part in the challenge but they must be accompanied by a guardian. 

Daring customers who win the challenge will be awarded VND500,000 in cash and a restaurant voucher worth VND500,000. 

Those who fail must pay VND250,000. 

In the first 10 days of the challenge, only 10 among 100 contenders succeeded.

Pham Huu Nhat, who came here on Monday evening, said he was given a written contract in which the restaurant said customers can stop at any time if they do not feel well. Otherwise the restaurant will not take any responsibility for health problems. 

After he signed the contract, the service staff put a nicely decorated dish of deep-fried scorpions and a small bowl of fish sauce with soft, fatty and wriggling worms inside. 

Nhat said he suddenly felt terrified and wanted to give up, but the employees encouraged him to keep going. 

As the clock started ticking, Nhat quickly put the coconut worms into his mouth and finished eating them in just 30 seconds. 

He turned to the scorpions and ate them up in some minutes. 

The employees announced he had become the 10th customer to have won the challenge. 

Pham Quang Minh, the owner of the restaurant, said after the contest ended, similar challenges will be launched, and customers will be asked to eat lizard, cricket and spider. 

&Ldquo;We just want our customers to have fun,” he said. 

Anyone who would like to take the challenge can visit the restaurant at 17B Road 11, Ward 11, Go Vap District. 

 

A contender eats a deep-fried scorpion. Photo credit: Nguoi Lao Dong

A contender eats a raw coconut worm. Photo credit: Nguoi Lao Dong

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Visit this famous Vietnamese cattle market (no, not that kind)

 Can Cau Cattle Market in the northern highlands province of Lao Cai is the largest of its kind in Vietnam’s northwestern region with hundreds of buffalo and cows put up for sale. It is organized every Saturday along the Can Chu Su Hill in Can Cau Commune, about 115 kilometers from Sa Pa.

 Most of the buffalo here are male, huge and strong with quite threatening looks.

It is not unusual for some of the aggressive-looking animals to suddenly start a fight.

 The market attracts many tourists, foreign and Vietnamese.

 Many people come to the market to sell and buy cattle, while some are just watchers.

 Some onlookers gather for chit-chats.

 Buffalo traders are recognizable with backpacks or shoulder bags, often made from traditional brocade. It is said that a trader can carry up to hundreds of millions of dong with them to the market.

 Although buffalo are often considered an important asset of farmers, they do not have fixed prices. Instead, both sellers and buyers decide on the animals’ value and then negotiate with each other. This buffalo for instance is offered at VND40 million (US$1,800).

 Among the buffalo put for sale, many are sold specifically for breeding, while others for farming or meat.

 Can Cau Market often ends soon after noon. When traders have bought enough buffalo and left with them on trucks, many sellers stay at the market to buy necessities before leaving as well.

Original Vietnamese story can be found here on VnExpress

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Art & Entertainment 14/2

Youth from 60 countries gather in town

&Ldquo;Global Village”, a cultural exchange between local and foreign students from 60 countries, took place at the Crescent Mall area in HCMC’s District 7 on Tuesday.

The event, hosted by the International Association of Students in Economic and Commercial Sciences (AIESEC), was aimed at connecting youth from around the world by performing unique pieces of music, and introducing national cuisine and customs.

Founded in 1948, AIESEC has more than 65 years of experience in developing highly potential youth into globally-minded responsible leaders. AIESEC is currently present in 124 countries and territories with more than 86,000 members.

Can Tho triumph at national unicorn-lion-dragon dance event

Can Tho's team triumphed at the National Unicorn-Lion-Dragon Dance Tournament, which concluded in Luu Huu Phuoc Park in the southern city of Can Tho, on Monday.

The host team won four gold medals, three silvers and three bronzes, and were followed by Binh Duong and HCM City.

This was the second time Can Tho hosted the two-day event, which drew nearly 400 athletes from 11 teams across the country, who competed in the men's and women's singles categories, as well as teams comprising both.

Cruises to bring tourists to Da Nang during Tet

The central city will host 3,200 tourists from cruises during Tet, the city's department of culture, sports and tourism said yesterday.

Three cruisers, the Germini, Costa Victoria and Volendam, will dock at Tien Sa Port for exploring destinations in the city as well as Hoi An and Hue.

Meanwhile, 14,000 visitors will land in the city via direct and chartered flights. The department will present lucky money to the first visitors at the port and airport.

According to the department, 64,000 tourists have already booked rooms at resorts and hotels during the nine-day Tet festival.

In 2014, Da Nang hosted four million tourists, including one million foreigners.

Entertainment fills Da Nang throughout holiday

The Viet Nam National Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert on the fourth day of the Lunar New Year (February 22) in the city's Trung Vuong Theatre.

Another show of tuong, Viet Nam's classical drama performance will be held at Nguyen Hien Dinh Theatre and September 23rd Park from the eve to the third day of Lunar New Year (February 19-21).

Dance troupes and pop bands will perform on the Han River Stage from February 15-25.

On the eve of the new year, fireworks will be launched in Ngu Hanh Son, Hai Chau, Lien Chieu and Hoa Vang districts.

Folk games and boat races will also be organised during the nine-day festival.

Hoi An to celebrate Year of the Goat with fireworks

The ancient town of Hoi An will organise a fireworks performance to begin the Lunar New Year festival at the An Hoi Sculpture Garden on the Hoai River on February 18.

A series of cultural activities including calligraphy, tree growing, a flower market and folk games will be held at the Japanese Bridge, Hoai River

Square and the old quarter of the tourism hub from February 18-28.

Tourists can also join a traditional boat race in the Hoai River on February 24.

Flower Street gets finishing touches

More than 80 workers are making final preparations on the At Mui Flower Road on Ham Nghi Street for the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday.

Chiem Thanh Long, director of Binh Quoi Tourist Village, the main contractor of the At Mui Flower Road, said work was proceeding smoothly.

"It was a little strange initially. There is some difference between Nguyen Hue and Ham Nghi streets, so we had to make some adjustments," Long said.

In previous years, the Flower Street was set up on Nguyen Hue Street but it was moved to Ham Nghi because of construction work on a subway project.

Flowers are being transported from Sa Dec, Da Lat and HCM City.

Familiar scenes such as paddy farms, lotus ponds and bamboo hedges have been created along the street.

Besides traditional scenes depicting the countryside, modern items such as product codes and metro lines have also been added.

Exhibition on Vietnam-Russia friendship opens

An exhibition highlighting the 65 years of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Russia kicked off at Ton Duc Thang Museum in Ho Chi Minh City on February 12.

On display are more than 120 photos and documents presenting President Ho Chi Minh’s actions to consolidate and develop Vietnam’s

Friendship with the Soviet Union; the support of the Soviet Union in the past and Russia at present for Vietnam’s struggle for liberation and its nation-building and development process; and meetings and exchanges made by the leaders of the two countries.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Russian Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Alexey Popov reaffirmed that over the past 65 years, the bilateral ties have been continuously consolidated with enhanced friendship and ensured mutual trust and respect.

As comprehensive strategic partners, the two countries look to enjoy further cooperation.

In 2015, Alexey Popov said that he will work to tighten the connections between Ho Chi Minh City and southern localities and Russia’s big cities in the light industry and seafood preservation.

Russia will also grant roughly 2,000 scholarships for Vietnamese students to study abroad, he added.

The exhibition will remain open until March 12.

Calligraphy exhibition opens at Temple of Literature

The annual Lunar New Year (TET) calligraphy exhibition, which has taken place for over a decade along Van Mieu Street in the Dong Da district of Hanoi, has been relocated this year to the Temple of Literature.

As part of Tet tradition, over 100 calligraphers at the exhibition will write nice words in calligraphy for customers for a nominal fee in hopes of bringing health, prosperity, good luck, promotions and good academic results in the coming year.

Along with the calligraphy writing activities, an exhibition themed “Encouraging Study” is showcasing 70 calligraphy works by famous calligraphers.

Spring press festivals held across the country

Spring press festivals are being held across the country to welcome Vietnam’s Lunar New Year and mark the 85th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV).

More than 800 editions of 260 newspapers are on display at the spring press festival in Ha Tinh province.

The annual festival is a meeting venue for journalists and encourages them to do better in their career. 400 gifts were presented to policy beneficiaries, poor households and disadvantaged students with excellent academic results.

The spring press festival opened in Quang Ngai province, showcasing more than 200 publications.

On the occasion, the Ha Tinh provincial Journalists Association presented certificates and cash to 43 writers and groups of writers who had outstanding work in 2014.

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Valentine’s Day in Vietnam: Say “Anh yêu em” (I love you)

Editor’s Note: Stivi Cooke is an Australian expat living in Hoi An City in central Vietnam.

If I don’t get this right, my girlfriend is going to kill me…

Yep, that day is heading our way again. Valentine’s Day – the day you’d better get right if you have a Vietnamese girlfriend or wife. Get it wrong and she’ll turn into the most evil creature with a sweet smile you’ve ever seen. Forget all those yummy meals, back rubs and sofa cuddle moments while watching yucky romantic movies because you want her to be happy. If you blow this one, you’re going to be reminded a million ways you’ve only seen in horror movies.

My girlfriend sometimes calls me the most unromantic man on the planet. Half-true. This is said despite my efforts to remember our monthly anniversary of when we first met and buy her regular weekend hit of chocolate and indulge her passion for fine cuisine, even though I desperately needed that money for my Internet bill. I guess it must be that Vietnamese habit of saying what they think to the foreigner without thinking about it…Much.

Ah, it’s a great time. I gotta love the terrible attempts by university students sitting forlornly at a traffic roundabout with a few slightly tattered flower arrangements, trying to sell me a bunch of flowers for four times the going rate. My other favorite is the sniggers of my local shopkeeper as she informs me with a happy smile that she’s forgotten my honey’s ‘must have’ brand of chocolate and she won’t be getting more for another month (more happy smiles).

Valentine’s Day in Vietnam is rather cute if a little bit overdone sometimes. Remember all those impassioned and horribly public displays of love with candles by love-struck boys trying to catch the girls of their dreams on Facebook last year? Yuck-oh. Come on, kid, what’s wrong with good old-fashioned flowers and a sense of discretion?

Actually there’s a little park near the main drag in Hoi An where the young lovers sit and chat, daringly sitting close enough together to scandalize the traditional mums. It’s slightly dark so there’s some cuddling going on with their bikes positioned like curtains. The innocence of it all tickles me as I ride past in the late evening. At least it’s tastefully done.

Da Nang’s widespread but somewhat un-noticed trend is teenage cafes. Most of them are quite groovy and decorated in that weird jumble of clashing colors, unrelated objects and romantic kitsch that encourages teenage flirting. The menu is strictly sweet drinks and fast food. Palm trees placed for maximum privacy are a must.

If you have been here more than a few days and walked past a high school, college or university, nearby there’ll be a small ‘love trinket’ shop selling the ubiquitous stuffed pets and key rings. Love el cheapo for students on a budget! Thought I’d buy my honey a funny and slightly sentimental key ring, only to remember at the last minute that she’d probably slay me for not having made more of an effort to find something upmarket…

Still, flowers and dinner never fail to create that warm, female glow that you know will keep you in healthy hot dinners for a long time to come. But be warned, cheap stake street stalls on cold chilly nights are likely to put you in a nasty Facebook complaint to her friends the next day. Vietnam’s love affair with food fits the romance of the day like a wooden cart to an old Honda cub.

While we oldies frown on the phone chat and emoticon obsessions of young Vietnamese, the phone companies love it – they probably make more money than those times when Vietnam plays football with anyone. Still, it’s quite weird to observe boys and girls sitting across from each other in a café, glued to their phones yet grinning and giggling without looking up – they’re texting cheeky love pokes to each other!

Forget trying to teach conjunctions and adjective word order on Valentine’s Day unless you make a lesson about love idioms and sayings – you’ll have everyone, including the boys, taking notes furiously, or better yet, snapping the whiteboard notes on their smartphones. Writing exercises? Love notes and cards! Speaking practice? Whispering “I think you are the apple of my eye” – there’s an idiom for you…

All kidding aside, love in Vietnam is a beautiful, passionate, affectionate, mad affair. It’s not just romantic love either. Office girls give flowers to their best friends. Dads give them to their wives. Grandparents might sit in the garden and smile wistfully at the flowers they planted 40 years ago. Vietnamese generally don’t separate out love into categories, the western world’s great loss, but call each other ‘brother’ and ‘sister’ in a love of comradeship, friendship and valuing other people’s qualities runs deep within the culture.

It’s expressed in the giving and sharing of food, the laughs and teasing, the pushing and poking and most of all in that constant touching each other, the physical affection that bonds the people.  Even expats receive the quick touch or hug, the all powerful Vietnamese sign of deep liking and fondness which is so hard to ignore.

So remember to get it right on February 14, then again – perhaps the Vietnamese have always done Valentine’s Day right.

Source: tuoitrenews.Vn

 

Green guards of Son Tra Nature Reserve – Features – VietNam News

Green guards of Son Tra Nature Reserve

Mountain view: An bird's-eye view of Son Tra Mountain. Photos Courtesy of Bui Van Tuan

Son Tra Nature Reserve in Da Nang, known for its rich biodiversity, is home to 200 Red-Shanked Doucs – a kind of langur that was declared endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature in 2013. Efforts have been made by biologists to protect the primate, which only lives in east-central Laos and Viet Nam, from extinction as well as from the rapid urbanisation of Da Nang. Hoai Nam reports.

Le Thi Trang, deputy director of the Biodiversity Conservation Centre (GreenViet), and her colleagues were working hard as they climbed uphill during a trek at the nature reserve. They host these for students, along with two-hour educational seminars, on Sunday afternoons.

The regular Sunday programme is part of a long-term communication campaign GreenViet started in 2009, "I Love Son Tra". The field trips, designed for students, give them a chance to learn more about wildlife and get involved with nature.

Their aim in starting the campaign is to call on people to protect nature and show their love for it by being more environmentally conscious. Students can participate in environmentally friendly activities, like collecting rubbish on Son Tra Mountain.

"We hope to educate more teens and primary school students about nature, and the importance of wildlife and habitat protection in Son Tra Nature Reserve," Trang said. "Nearly 1,000 teenagers and kids have joined field trips to Son Tra Mountain to explore and learn about the importance of forests and protection of the endangered langur."

Sightseeing: Students join a field trip to Son Tra Nature Reserve.

Trang, whose nickname is King Kong, said two primary schools in Da Nang had included the programme in their extra-curricular activities.

The programme teaches kids about the reserve, which is at risk due to hunting and urbanisation. Its area also shrank from 4,900ha to its current 2,500ha between 1977 and the early 2000s.

Staying on course

Dr Ha Thang Long, head of the Frankfurt Zoological Society's representative office, said raising awareness about the importance of biodiversity in national parks and nature reserves was a good way for Viet Nam to stay on course in its goal of protecting nature and wildlife.

"People will gradually come to understand the importance of nature and wildlife protection through education," said Long, 38.

"In 2009, the Frankfurt Zoological Society started the Viet Nam Primate Conservation Programme, through which it financed research on biodiversity and langurs by Da Nang Teachers' Training College students."

Long, a langur researcher in Viet Nam, said the project aimed to strengthen the capacity of young conservators working on improving biodiversity in Son Tra and Viet Nam more generally.

According to the latest report from the Viet Nam Association of National Parks and Nature Reserves, the country has 164 nature reserves, with a total of 2 million hectares of special-use forest. But only 10 per cent of rangers have been educated on biodiversity. Only three or four of the 30 rangers working at the reserve are trained in biodiversity management.

Endangered primate:A photo of a Red-Shanked Douc snapped by a biologist of the Biodiversity Conservation Centre (GreenViet) in Da Nang.

The Frankfurt Zoological Society has followed a long-term strategy on biodiversity and langur conservation in national parks and nature reserves in Ninh Binh, Quang Binh, Khanh Hoa, Gia Lai, Dak Lak and Kon Tum since 1991, with an annual budget between US$200,000 and 250,0000 that helps pay for rangers to patrol the forests regularly.

"Only continuous forest patrols with sufficient financial support can effectively control illegal hunting and logging," Long said.

Leading to extinction

Traps and snares are dangerous tools that can lead to the extinction of endangered animal and bird species, especially in Son Tra, which is accessible by car and motorbike. It sees around 10,000 visitors per month, and GreenViet volunteer have found 150 traps in a just few days' worth of forest field trips.

"It's an easy way for poachers to make money," said Tran Huu Vy, GreenViet's director. "They spend one or two days in the forest setting up traps using steel wires, each with lassos on two sides of them. Then they return a few days later to collect the animals they caught. Weasels, squirrels, muntjac deer and civets fall into the traps very easily at night. A live animal could earn them VND6 million."

In addition to hunters, hotels, resorts and restaurants are harming wildlife on Son Tra Mountain. They set up pipe systems to draw water from streams on top of the mountain, which means animals further down get less sources of water.

Huynh Tuong Vy, a third-year student at Da Nang Teachers' Training College, has researched monkeys and biodiversity communication in Son Tra since 2013 with sponsorship from the Frankfurt Zoological Society. The rhesus macaque (macaca mulatta) is a breed of monkey living in Son Tra that hasn't yet been classified as an endangered primate.

Sunset: Son Tra Peninsula in the evening.

"I fell in love with researching the rhesus macaque, which is one of the best-known species of old-world monkeys," Vy said.

"Monkeys act like kids. They are lovely and intelligent. I even approach them when walking in the forest.

"I joined all environmental communication classes and summer extra-curriculars for primary school students in Da Nang."

The number of macaques in Son Tra is decreasing, and several would be extinct without biodiversity protection efforts, Vy said.

"The disappearance of the monkey will destabilise the ecological system's balance and biodiversity," she said.

However, the International Union for Conservation of Nature said it was not as concerned about the macaques as other endangered animals, because of their wide distribution, presumed large population and tolerance of a broad range of habitats, she explained.

Wildlife watch

Bui Van Tuan, a member of the Viet Nam Primate Conservation Programme, offers night wildlife tours in Son Tra.

A 29-year-old biologist, Tuan has six years of experience trekking in forests and researching langurs. He doesn't do the tours for profit, but young people and nature lovers may accompany him on his night treks in the forest.

"The trip will provide young people a full view and angle of nature knowledge, and life skills for surviving in the forest," he said.

"They can then tell their friends and family members about the importance of protecting the environment and wildlife."

Tuan said it would be like a night forest patrol session, and guests should bring nets, insect repellant, leggings, hiking shoes, compasses, cooking pots and coffee filters. A GPS would be provided.

"Son Tra is a tropical evergreen forest, so it has a crowded population of wildlife flora and fauna," he said.

"The forest is ideal for wildlife adventurers. Visitors can see and snap photos of nocturnal animals. It's so exciting when you catch the colourful, twinkling, reflected eyes of animals."

Son Tra is home to 200 langurs (Pygathrix nemaeus). Trekkers can see them moving through big trees early in the morning looking for food.

"You should prepare food at home for lunch, because you must cook your dinner at the sleeping place near a stream," Tuan said. "It's a short trip in the forest, so you do not need much food or personal belongings."

It becomes dark quickly in the tropical evergreen forest, and adventurers must search for a place to stay for the night.

"By a stream is the best place to camp at night, as you need water for cooking," he said. "But you should not lay down your hammock near bushes, because of snakes."

The biologist said the night treks with flashlights and cameras are always amazing. Visitors often see civets, weasels, reptiles, frogs and birds.

"I have taken many photos of animals at night," Tuan said.

"The animals often stand up to take a look at the flashlight and it's easy to snap a picture of them. Vipers and frogs reflect the best colours for photos.

"The trip helps young people share their love for nature and become closer to the forest. It's the best way to educate young people about environmental protection and hunting."

Cyrill Russo, a French photographer, said Son Tra was a "green" treasure of Da Nang, with its myriad flora and fauna, beaches and unique landscapes.

Russo said the large amount of langurs in the area made the reserve an amazing part of the Son Tra Peninsula and Da Nang.

Trang from GreenViet said visitors should not litter in the forest, as it could poison the animals.

"We have launched fan page called ‘Let's Save the Red-shanked Douc in Son Tra' and another page called ‘Son Tra Little Green Guards', an education programme for kids, in a crucial effort to protect the environment of the peninsula and the rich biodiversity of the nature reserve," Trang said.

"It's a precious treasure. Protect the environment or we'll face the anger of mother nature." — VNS

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Temple to the Whale God is a museum of gigantic skeletons – Travel – VietNam News

Temple to the Whale God is a museum of gigantic skeletons

Big boned: Tourists look at the biggest whale skeleton preserved at the Van Thuy Tu Temple. &Mdash; VNA/VNS Photos Thanh Vu

By Hoang Trung Hieu

Have you ever been to a museum showcasing gigantic skeletons of whales?

The southern central province of Binh Thuan is home to famous landscapes, such as the ancient tower Po Sha Inu, the Ong Hoang (Prince) Palace, the Ta Cu Mountain and the famous Mui Ne and Hon Rom beaches, which offer tourists fascinating travel options.

But another destination that you cannot miss is Van Thuy Tu – one of the oldest fishing villages in Southern Central Viet Nam. Van means "village" and Thuy Tu means "beautiful water".

The Van Thuy Tu temple is located on the Ngu Ong Street of Phan Thiet City. It is considered the largest museum for whale skeletons in Viet Nam and Southeast Asia.

The Van Thuy Tu temple was built by Thuy Tu villagers in 1762 to worship the Whale God. The temple's architectural style follows the traditional style used in the fishing villages of Central and South Central Viet Nam, facing towards the East. Its roof is covered by Yin-yang tiles, depicting the images of dragons and unicorns.

The entrance ticket to the temple includes a tour guide.

In the show room, the most impressive site for visitors is a set of a whale skeleton, which is 22 metres long. It was restored in entirety by the Nha Trang Ocenography Institute in 2003 and is considered the largest intact whale skeleton in South East Asia.

 

Guardian of the sea: The Van Thuy Tu temple was built by Thuy Tu villagers in 1762 to worship the Whale God.

Visitors can touch the tube bones, which feel as stiff as steel.

Next is the chamber for worshipping the sea gods, such as the Thuy Long Thanh Phi Goddess, the Hi Hoang Thai Hieu Tien Su God, and the Dragon God.

Behind the worshipping chamber is a large space containing more than 100 sets of whale skeletons.

Nearly half of them dated between more than a century and 150 years ago, including many massive skeleton sets that are worshipped solemnly and respectfully.

The last chamber is for worshipping the ancient people, who explored this land and established the village. There are some artefacts, such as fishing boats and conical hats of militiamen, who protected Vietnamese sea sovereignty, which make visitors feel nostalgic about the past.

"In the past, the temple area was a coastal sandy beach that was very wild. This was also treated as a burial place for dead whales drifting in from the sea," said Nguyen Minh Tuan, a local teacher.

"Traditionally, the first fisherman to discover a dead whale was considered ‘the firstborn' of ‘Mr Whale' and would be tasked with organising the funeral and had to mourn for three years," he added.

The temple is located near a large land mass, which is a burial ground for the whales and is called the Jade Kylin Holy Land.

This is also the place where the locals hold ceremonies, such as as the spring festival and rituals for rice crops.

But the most important festival for all fishermen in Phan Thiet is the cau ngu festival, where they wish for prosperity, good weather and bumper harvests.

According to local legends, after the temple was built, a storm accompanied by heavy rains had lashed the area.

During three stormy days, a number of fishing boats were stranded off the coast, and they were helped by "Mr Whale". But "Mr Whale" died because of exhaustion after helping push the fishing boats to shore safely.

That is why Vietnamese inhabitants in the coastal fishing villages from North to South respect whales.

According to a scientific explanation, whales rescue fishing boats during the storm because they are also unable to navigate the big waves and are looking for a fulcrum to cope with onslaught of the waves.

The fishing boats leaning on the whale also have more chances of surviving as both the boat and the whale are pushed ashore by the waves.

Sometimes the whale is exhausted and dies. Sometimes "he" will safely return to the sea after the storm.

The temple is an ancient monument that has been ordained 24 titles by the kings of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802 to 1945). Particularly, King Thieu Tri, who granted titles to the temple 10 times.

The locals said that according to legend, during the war against the previous Tay Son Dynasty, the generals of the Nguyen Lords were rescued several times by the whales at sea.

The temple was recognised by the Government as a historical relic at the national level in 1996.

Its manager, Huynh Van Thanh, pointed out that a fishing festival is held at the temple on June 20 of the lunar calendar every year.

"During the festival, locals hold solemn ritual sacrifices, sing folk songs and play folk games, including holding a sailing competition," he added. &Mdash; VNS

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