Vietnam Summer Camp 2023: Overseas Youth Experience Summer Fun in Thanh Hoa
120 young people from 17 countries and territories around the world on July 24 had many exchange activities in Thanh Hoa such as visiting and giving gifts at Tsinghua SOS Children's Village; visiting the World Heritage Citadel of the Ho Dynasty and Lam Kinh special National relic site.
Visiting and giving gifts to children at SOS Children's Village Thanh Hoa, overseas Vietnamese youth and students personally handed over VND 20 million (USD 844) in cash and VND 1.25 million (USD 52) in kind. This money is raised and donated by the campers in the 2023 Vietnam Summer Camp delegation.
In addition, the Vietnamese community in Poland also authorized campers returning from Poland to donate USD 900 and EUR 5 to support children at SOS Thanh Hoa Children's Village.
|The delegation of Vietnam Summer Camp 2023 presented gifts to Thanh Hoa SOS Children's Village.
The young expatriates talked with disadvantaged children in SOS Children's Village Thanh Hoa, and at the same time had joyful and exciting moments when watching the children perform musical performances.
After that, overseas Vietnamese youth experienced many traditional activities and folk games at the Thanh Hoa Provincial Museum, such as using stone mills, walking on stilts and monkey bridges, blindfold-beating gongs, swings, seesaws, and jumping stalls.
At the same time, they have the opportunity to see with their own eyes the unique and rare bronze items of the ancient Vietnamese, most notably the Dong Son bronze drum collection.
|Overseas young people experience stone mills. Source: Thanh Hoa newspaper
Earlier, at Lam Kinh special national relic site, overseas Vietnamese youths offered incense in memory of King Le Thai To (1385-1433), the kings of the later Le dynasty (1428-1789), along with heroes and martyrs of the Lam Son Uprising against the Chinese Ming invaders in the 15th century.
Campers also had a chance to visit and learn about the relic area, especially interested in the nearly-century-old fruitful Smiling Guava Tree - one of 18 trees belonging to the historic site.
|The delegation of Vietnam Summer Camp 2023 visited the Ho Dynasty citadel.
The Citadel of the Ho Dynasty was built in 1397 as the capital of Dai Ngu (the name of Vietnam at that time), now Vinh Loc district, the central province of Thanh Hoa.
The citadel served as a military stronghold to protect the country from invasion, thus becoming a symbol of patriotism and national pride, and a witness of Vietnamese history during the late 14th and early 15th century. For the past six centuries, however, the forces of nature took their toll on the site. It was recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage in 2011.
Here, campers can see the solid and intact Ho Dynasty Citadel after more than 600 years. Many overseas Vietnamese youths were extremely surprised to learn about the outstanding construction technique which used large rock slabs, weighing from 10 to 26 tonnes each, carefully shaped, interlocked, and elevated to an altitude of about 10 meters.
Many campers believe that the journey to Thanh Hoa is not only sacred, steeped in history, but also warm with the lesson of "A good leaf covers torn leaves" will be unforgettable memories in the Vietnam Summer Camp 2023.
"Vietnam Summer Camp 2023" attracts 120 young expatriates typical in the fields of study, research, sports, and art and has made positive contributions to the community building movement. After finishing the program in Thanh Hoa, the delegates will continue activities in the provinces of Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue, and Da Nang.
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