ASEAN village opens in HCM City hinh anh 1A performance opening the ASEAN village - HCM City 2017 (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City began the ASEAN village event, the first of its kind, in the evening of September 21 to mark the bloc’s 50 years of operation (1967-2017) and Vietnam’s 22 years of membership (1995-2017).

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Le Thanh Liem said the event aims to connect ASEAN people and businesses through trade and cultural exchanges.

He said HCM City is committed to taking part in the bloc’s cooperation, exchanges, and initiatives.

The four-day event introduces the lands, peoples, and traditional cultures of the ten ASEAN member states.

ASEAN village opens in HCM City hinh anh 2Visitors learn to make paper flowers at a stall in the village (Photo: VNA)

Visitors can enjoy folk games, hands-on craft activities, a food festival and tourism and trade fairs.

The ASEAN village is expected to attract about 500,000 visitors.-VNA