Native lensman captures Ha Nam, Northern Vietnam Province, at its most bucolic!

Tam Chuc Pagoda ~ Photo from the web

«Seeing is simply seeing without knowing about what is being seen» We decode, interpret what we see in different ways depending on many factors: our interests, our senses, our ability to pay attention and concentrate, among others. This morning we present to you Ha Nam, according to the perception of Nguyen Gia Bao, who has succeeded in capturing the most pleasant and beautiful aspects of country life in Ha Nam Province even as he shows off several of its architectural landmarks. Enjoy your visit … Must Se3e In Vietnam Editor

HA NAM PROVINCE Square: 860,2 km 2 Population: 786,3 thousands people (2010) City: Phu Ly Districts: Duy Tien, Kim Bang, Ly Nhan, Thanh Liem, Binh Luc.

Coming to Ha Nam, visitors are interested in natural beauty sights like Truc Temple and Ngu Dong Son (five grottoes), Thuy Grotto (Luon cave), Tam Chuc lake, Phuc Long Grotto. 

Ha Nam now preserves many typical culture sights: Long Doi Son, Ba Danh pagodas, Lanh Giang, Tran Thuong, Truc temples… 

The province is proud of Lieu Doi wrestling, kite, Truc temple festivals, traditional trade villages such as Doi Tam drum, Nha Xa silk handicraft, Thanh Ha embroidery, Ngoc Dong rattan and bamboo villages.

Let’s Visit Ha Nam Province according to the eyes of Nguyen Gia Bao

Nguyen Gia Bao has succeeded in capturing the most pleasant and beautiful aspects of country life in Ha Nam Province even as he shows off several of its architectural landmarks.

Native lensman captures Ha Nam at its most bucolic

Locals row their boats on the Day River as the day approaches sunset. 

The Do Bridge crossing the river is an iconic, long-standing symbol of Ha Nam, around 60 kilometers to the south of Hanoi. Open to traffic for more than 50 years now, it is an indelible part of locals’ memories. 

Native lensman captures Ha Nam at its most bucolic

A panoramic view of Phu Ly, the capital town of Ha Nam, at sunset. 

The photograph shows a section of Le Hoan Street on National Highway 1A running parallel to the Day River. On the right corner is the Bau Pagoda, the largest in town. 

Native lensman captures Ha Nam at its most bucolic

The Chau Giang Bridge crossing the eponymous river at sunset. The arched bridge, 184 meters long, connects the economic and cultural center of the town with the Bac Chau Giang urban area. 

Native lensman captures Ha Nam at its most bucolic

The Chau Son bridge across Day river, connecting downtown Phu Ly to the Chau Son Industrial Park and the Kien Khe quarry.

Native lensman captures Ha Nam at its most bucolic

Morning dew lingers above the Tam Chuc Pagoda, a mega Buddhist complex. 

Covering an area of 5,100 hectares, the pagoda complex lies on the banks of the eponymous 600-hectare lake described as a mini-version of UNESCO heritage site Ha Long Bay with limestone hills rising out of the still waters. 

The complex features several beautiful constructions like the Tam Quan gate, Quan Am Temple, Pillar Garden, Phap Chu Temple, Tam The Temple and Pearl Pagoda. 

Just a walk around the complex takes 90 minutes to two hours.

Native lensman captures Ha Nam at its most bucolic

The ancient architecture of So Kien Basilica, also known as Ke So Church. This is the oldest church in Ha Nam. 

The So Kien Basilica complex, a Gothic structure, includes the main church, the Bishop’s house and the seminary. It also features stained-glass windows depicting saints and biblical events.

Out of about 6,000 churches across the country, Vietnam has four minor basilicas honored by the Pope for their ancient architecture.

Native lensman captures Ha Nam at its most bucolic

A woman waters her vegetable garden on the outskirts of Thanh Tuyen Ward in Phu Ly Town around a bend in the local river with a backdrop of a mountain range. 

Native lensman captures Ha Nam at its most bucolic

A man herds buffaloes home at sunset in Thanh Liem District. 

Most of Ha Nam’s 800,000 plus population are farmers with some raising cattle. 

Native lensman captures Ha Nam at its most bucolic

The Vu Dai Village is famous for its traditional braised fish and it is at its busiest during the Lunar New Year, or Tet

More than 50 households make the dish, but only 10 do so on a large scale. Each household sells 1,000-2,000 pots of fish per year on average.

A special touch that has added to the dish’s fame is the addition of lime juice and a caramelized sauce after the fish is boiled. 

The pots are constantly topped with boiled water to keep the fish braising on the fire for up to 16 hours.

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This article was extracted from E.VnExpress.net and written By Huynh Phuong, Nguyen Gia . Must See in Vietnam add its special touches.

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