Vietnam is a country occupying the eastern portion of mainland Southeast Asia. According to Vietnam oral legend, the first ruler of the Vietnamese people was King De Minh. De Minh and an immortal fairy of the mountains produced Kinh Duong, ruler of the Land of Red Demons, who married the daughter of the Dragon Lord of the Sea. Their son, Lac Long Quan (“Dragon Lord of Lac”), was, according to legend, the first truly Vietnamese king. To make peace with the Chinese, Lac Long Quan married Au Co, a Chinese immortal, who bore him 100 eggs, from which sprang 100 sons. Later, the king and queen separated; Au Co moved with 50 of her sons into the mountains, and Lac Long Quan kept the other 50 sons and continued to rule over the lowlands. Lac Long Quan’s eldest son succeeded him as the first of the Hung (or Hong Bang) kings (vuong) of Vietnam’s first dynasty; as such, he is regarded as the founder of the Vietnamese nation.
The capital city of Vietnam is Hanoi and the currency is Vietnamese Dong
Where is Vietnam?[edit | edit source]
Vietnam is located on the southern and eastern portion of the Indochinese peninsula and belongs to Southeast Asia. Its borders are China to the north, and Laos and Cambodia to the west. The eastern part of the country, consisting of over 3000km of coastline is facing the South China Sea.
How many people live in Vietnam?[edit | edit source]
97.9 million people lived in Vietnam as of 2019 statistic.
What are the most common languages in Vietnam?[edit | edit source]
The most common language in Vietnam is Vietnamese ( or in Vietnam, Tiếng Việt), a tonal Mon-Khmer language which is spoken by the majority of the country's citizens
What is the most common religion in Vietnam?[edit | edit source]
As a communist country, Vietnam is officially an atheist state. Even so, most Vietnamese are not atheists, but believe in a combination of three religions: Daoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. Added to these are the customs and practice of spirit worship and ancestor veneration.
What is the sport of Vietnam?[edit | edit source]
Football (soccer) is exceedingly popular in Vietnam, and volleyball, badminton, wrestling, bicycling, chess, and dominoes are also widely enjoyed.
What are some important sites?[edit | edit source]
Sapa - Surrounded by pictorial mountains, rice terraces and a diversity of hill tribes in the remote northwest of Vietnam, Sapa is a quiet town frequently used as a base for trekking in the Hoang Lien Son Mountains and touring rice paddies and traditional villages. It has the views of beautiful waterfalls and the opportunities to experience the food, customs and way of life among the local tribes.
Ha Long Bay - With its aqua-green water and cluster of limestone rocky outcrops rising from the water like sea dragons, Ha Long Bay resembles a scene from a fantasy story. This otherworldly bay features more than 2,000 jungle-covered islands pitted with intriguing caves, grottoes, sinkholes and lakes