The "Vietnam's Sea and Islands" exhibition at the book fair (Photo:

Hanoi (VNA) – Hanoi Book Fair 2016, organised by the capital’s Department of Information and Communications, kicked off at Thang Long Citadel on October 6. 

The book fair, themed “Book and Integration”, aims to honour reading culture and traditional values as well as contribute to building a learning society, said Nguyen Duc Chung, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee at the opening ceremony. 

It also marks the 62nd anniversary of Hanoi’s Liberation Day and 20th anniversary of Vietnam joining the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and one year of the ASEAN Community, he added. 

With the main topic “Hanoi and ASEAN countries”, the fair displays an array of books, photos and publications reflecting collaboration between Hanoi, Vietnam and ASEAN countries. 

Books, maps and documents affirming Vietnam’s national sea and island sovereignty are also featured at an indoor space entitled “Vietnam’s Sea and Islands”. The exhibition also showcases books and photos on the culture and society of the Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago. 

The fair houses 170 booths of 46 domestic and 20 foreign publishers. They present various book genres, including children’s books, literature, culture and society, economy and e-books. 

As a chance to promote cultural exchange between countries worldwide, the event attracts a wide range of well-known international publishers, such as Cambridge, Oxford (United Kingdom), Copperath (Germany), Graph-Art (Hungary), Japan UNI Agency and Frobel-kan (Japan) and Kyowon (the Republic of Korea). 

Within the fair’s framework, there will be numerous significant activities, including “The Capital’s reading culture ambassador 2016” award ceremony, the screening of documentaries films on Hanoi with the theme of Hanoi in Foreigners’ Eyes, with English subtitles.

The book fair runs through October 10.-VNA