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From the fires of persecution, a venerated church arose

Around 1840, as the Nguyen Kings banned Christianity in Vietnam, the Western missionaries moved to the faraway highlands in Kon Tum Province on the Mid-Vietnam plateau. From Hue Capital through lowland provinces to Kon Tum, they took the 120km long, so-called ‘salt, ceramics and gongs’ trading route.

The stretch of road from Quang Ngai to Kon Tum at the time was very desolate, bumpy and perilous. To evangelize the rustic highland tribes of Kon Tum, the first thing the missionaries did was build a primitive church from trees and leaves.

Without knowledge of local languages and customs, they had a lot of troubles. However, with perseverance and patience, the Western missionaries have managed to introduce Christianity to the ethnic minorities here.

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In 1913, as more people began turned Christian, Brother Joseph Décrouille, head of Kon Tum parish, decided to build a more robust church. He mobilized the parishioners and their elephants to gather necessary hardwood from the forest.

Having amassed a large amount of wood, he invited famous carpenters from the lowlands to work with local masters. In 1918, the 500-seat wooden church was completed. Since then, the wooden church had survived two long bloody wars and the harsh Kon Tum weather.

In 1995, the wooden church was expanded to double the old capacity. The old and new parts matched well, and the whole structure looks like a huge cross.

Today, Kon Tum wooden church stands on Nguyen Hue Street of Kon Tum city. Apart from the main building, it has also a 25m tall Cross Tower, a reception house, a showroom exhibiting ethnic and religious products, a typical local tribal communal house, an orphanage, a brocade weaving and sewing shop, and a carpentry workshop.

In the church’s garden, there is a statue of Virgin Maria holding newborn Jesus, made of a single log in the rustic style of Tay Nguyen ethnic tribes. Culturologists say that Kon Tum wooden church was designed and built in Roman style combined with elements of Tay Nguyen stilted house architecture.

The exterior and interior decoration is also a mixture of Western and local ethnic cultures. The Website of Vietnam air travel Tourism Authority asserts, ‘The Kon Tum wooden church is a masterpiece of architecture, where Romantic style mixes in harmony with Ba Na stilted house model.’

During Christmas, the minority parish artisans use timber, brocades and tree bark to decorate the wooden church in typical Tay Nguyen colours and motifs. In the outdoor space they plant many festive trees – a spiritual symbol of Tay Nguyen peoples’ life. On High Masses, multitudes of people of Ba Na, Xe Dang, Gia Rai, Ro Mam, B’rau and tribes from deep mountains come to receive God’s grace and blessing. They fill up the church’s 7000m2 premises.

Not far away from the wooden church is the Kon Tum seminary constructed during 1935-1938 by the first bishop of Kon Tum episcopate. Built from precious wood and stones, the seminary has the same style as the church but is much bigger.

The upper floor of the seminary has a showroom exhibiting the missionary history of Kon Tum since the mid-19th century, personal items and handwritten documents of priests and missionaries, and images and texts related to the establishment and development of Kon Tum episcopate.

Meticulously carved in wood, items showcased at the seminary are very valuable. This can be considered as a small museum of life utensils, farming tools and cultural artefacts of the ethnic minorities living in this province.

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Enjoy Hanoian coffee like they do is the best way to understand local revel in beverage. These 5 coffee houses are the popular to Hanoian as well as foreign visitor as travel to the land of soaring dragon.
 
1. Giang Café
 
Giang Café is a charming place hidden in the narrow streets of Hanoi’s old city. The architectural style of the place reflects an auspicious blend of Western and Asian influences.

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 The café is famous for its egg coffee, surprisingly delicious and resembling a tiramisu in taste. This is a great place to relax, enjoy some music and have a cup of coffee or, alternatively, a hot egg chocolate.

Opening hours: Mon-Sun 7.30am – 10.30pm

Address and telephone number: ‪ 39 - Lane Nguyen Huu Huan, Hanoi, Vietnam, + 84 629 40 49

2. Cafe Pho Co
 
In the narrow, cobbled streets of Hanoi’s old quarter lies a hidden gem, Café Pho Co. The café offers its customers a selection of Vietnamese coffee blends that will suit all different tastes.
 
The freshest coffee beans are brewed to create outstanding cups of coffee characterized by the coffee’s strong, flavorful aroma. From the rooftop of Café Pho Co the picturesque views of the Hoan Kiem Lake spread wide and far. This is a great place to relax with a quality cup of coffee.

Opening hours: Mon-Sun 8am – 10pm
 
Address and telephone number: 11 Hang Gai, Hang Bo, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam air travel, + 84 567 45 343

3. Indigenous
 
Located near St.Joseph Cathedral, Indigenous is more of a shop than a café. However, here customers can brew their own coffee in the coffee machine and then sit outside the shop to enjoy it.
 
Many people go to Indigenous to enjoy their drinks since their coffee is known for its good quality. They use some of the best coffee beans grown by local and indigenous coffee farmers. From Indigenous you can also enjoy the spectacular views of the cathedral.

Opening hours: Mon-Sun 8.30am – 8pm

Address and telephone number: 36 Au Trieu Hoan Kiem OldQuarter (near the Saint Joseph Cathedral),

Hanoi, Vietnam, +844 39381263

4. Cafe Nhi

Tucked away in a cozy corner, not far from Long Bien Bridge, lies the small Café Nhi, a lovely place that tends to be so busy that customers sometimes can be found standing on the pavement outside.

They serve espresso-based coffee drinks, silky textured lattes and indigenous Vietnamese filter coffees. Their coffee is thick and tasty. This is a great place to go for a chat with a friend over a cup of coffee and watch people walk by while sipping on the caffeinated treat.

Opening hours: Mon-Sun 7am – 11pm
 
Address and telephone number: 72 Phu Lo, Soc Son, Hanoi, Vietnam, +84 90 488 83 655.
 
5.  Cafe Lam

Located near the city centre, the famous Café Lam is one of the oldest cafés in Hanoi, which makes it almost a historical monument. The charming atmosphere of this old café is complemented by antique pieces, art collections and rare books tucked away at every corner.

Apart from the unique environment that takes customers back in time, great Vietnamese-style hot and ice coffee is served, with thick condensed milk. The café can boast of having many faithful regulars.

Opening hours: Mon-Sun 6.30am – 10.30pm

Address and Telephone Number: 60 Nguyen Huu Huan | Hanoi Old Quarter, Hanoi, Vietnam, + 84 4 3824 5940

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To understand more about Hanoi, you may experience these following 5 off the beaten track or more from others to get the deep inside and to love this peaceful city.

1. Mai Chau

Located a mere 3 hour drive from Hanoi, Mai Chau is one of those rare places in Vietnam air travel that still retains its natural charm – in both its scenic beauty and in the warmth and easy-going character of the locals. Accommodation here is mostly run by ethnic minority families who have worked and lived off the land for generations. Stilt houses purpose built to give tourists a ‘home stay’ experience is on offer throughout the villages. https://vietnamairtravel.com/

Ban Lac 1 and Pom Coong are among the more popular villages but the offerings in all home stays are homogeneous and they are close enough to each other. Its a great place to spend a day or two, be warned though, you might find yourself tempted to stay longer. Imagine living among local farming families, eating home cooked meals out in the open countryside, the sounds of the city far behind you and enough time in hand to soak up the idyllic countryside and rejuvenate. Its one of those off the beaten track experiences in Hanoi worth exploring if you have an extra day or two in hand. 

2. Discover the back alleys of Hanoi’s Old Quarters

At face value, Hanoi’s Old Quarters appears to be a network of narrow streets beating in a rhythmic chaos of traffic, tourists, street vendors and businesses all concentrated into a small area. However, if you start peeling off the layers and start exploring the hidden spaces within the impenetrable facade of the shop-houses, there is a parallel world merely meters away teeming with life where local residents live in tiny dwellings and crammed neighborhoods.

At the epicenter of a city that boasts a thousands years to its age, Hanoi’s Old Quarters is packed with history within its narrow alleyways and neighborhoods. Dont expect to find any one particular attraction, instead, the charm lies in exploring and standing in bewilderment of the historic hidden away neighborhoods. Luckily, there is a guided tour offered by a local resident that aims to explore the hidden backstreets of the Old Quarters. 

3. Le Mat Village (Snake Village)

This is one of those experiences that ultimately transforms into a great tale to tell friends and family back home. Le Mat village (Snake Village) across the red river houses The Hung restaurant where a variety of dishes made out of snakes have been served for decades. Legend has it that the princess of King Ly Tong was saved from a giant sea serpent by a local resident, who was then rewarded land (now Le Mat village). If you are up for a adventurous and unforgettable Hanoian experience, take a trip down to Le Mat. Don’t miss out on the beating heart snake served with rice wine.  

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4. Train Tracks

You might have witnessed the railway food market in Thailand where a train literally passes through a local market, well, if you find yourself in Hanoi, here is another urban oddity you can feast your eyes on. Twice a day, at 4 and 7 pm, the local train passes between a narrow residential neighborhood. Just inches from their front doors, the train has become a way of life for the local residents who live here.

One minute you will see children playing among the tracks and the other a giant steel vehicle rushing through that very spot. It’s bewildering to think that the front yard of somebody’s house is an actual train track. Nevertheless, it makes for a great photography spot, one of many among Hanoi’s urban attractions. 

For the curious, the train station is located at the corner of Tong Duy Tan and Dien Bien Phu Street or corner of Tong Duy Tan and Tran Phu – Near Aptez Holiday Hotel Hanoi. 

5. Entertainment

There is a certain sense of satisfaction when you’re in a city for a few days and you get to hang out in the coolest spots around town frequented by expats and locals alike. And Hanoi has no shortage of such venues. Perhaps you just want a night out by the lake with some peace and quiet, or a live jazz band might just be the perfect remedy to wear off that travel fatigue, whatever you might find missing as you travel through Southeast Asia, Hanoi has it all. 

Minh’s Jazz club: Best in town. Daily live band. Drinks are a tad bit expensive. 

Polite Bar: Great jazz and blues live band during the weekend. Also a fantastic place to get a cocktail. 

Comedy nights at House of Son Tinh: The Hanoi Comedy Collective has shows every fortnight at the House of Son Tinh. If you manage to catch one of these shows, it’ll make for a great evening out.

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If all goes well we should have two hours to do so is this feasible?
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What airline are you flying to LA?
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