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How well do you know Vietnam?
Test your knowledge with a quick quiz!
What is the capital of Vietnam?
- Da Nang
- Ho Chi Minh City
Although Ho Chi Minh City (in the south) is seen as the economic 'capital' of the country, Hanoi (in the north) is the political centre. In 2011 it celebrated 1000 years since it was first established by Emperor Ly Thai To as the capital of his new Vietnamese empire. It was originally named 'Thang Long', which means 'rising dragon'. Da Nang is the third largest city in Vietnam and the main city of the central region.
Which of the following do Vietnamese people not eat?
To westerners, there are many unusual foods on a Vietnamese menu, but it's their Cambodian neighbours who like to eat arachnids! In fact, cat and dog meat is mainly eaten in the north of the country. Dog meat is thought to give extra strength to men, but eating too much is said to give you stomach cramps!
Which of the following Vietnamese locations was one of the finalists in the 'New Seven Wonders of the World' online vote?
- Ha Long Bay
- The ancient citadel at Hue
- The beaches of Phu Quoc island
Ha Long bay, which is also a UN World Heritage site, has a 120km long coastline and is approximately 1,553 square km in size, with 1969 small islands. Several of the islands are hollow, with enormous caves; others support floating villages of fishermen. Ha Long bay made the shortlist for the New Seven Wonders of the world, but despite a nationwide campaign to get people to vote, it didn't get into the final seven.
Vietnam's popular noodle dish 'Pho' has become internationally famous, but what is the most important part of this dish?
- The meat
- The noodles
- The stock/liquid
The stock, which can take as long as 24 hours to make. It's made from boiling beef bones with each cook's secret combination of spices and herbs, making a fragrant and tasty broth that's served with rice noodles and beef or chicken.
In traditional Vietnamese belief, who is the most powerful god?
- Ong Troi (the sky god)
- Ong Tao (the kitchen god)
It is Ong Troi, who is believed to be the creator of the universe, and have control of life and death. Because of this cultural belief, the word used for the living God is 'Duc Chua Troi', connecting with the existing belief of this high god, but using the word 'Duc' meaning 'Lord'.
It is reported that 9.43% of Vietnamese are Christians, but what percentage of them are Catholic?
- less than 1%
Though it is reported that the Christian population is 9.43%, the Catholic population makes up a large portion of this. Protestant (Evangelical) Christians are much fewer in number. More Catholics are found in the south of the country, as many moved from the north in the 1950s due to political turmoil. As a result, some areas in and around Ho Chi Minh City have many Catholic churches.
2012 is the year of which animal?
The dragon year is considered the 'luckiest' of the twelve years and lots of Vietnamese couples hope to have babies during this year. The Vietnamese follow almost exactly the same years as the Chinese calendar, except the Chinese year of the rabbit is the year of the cat in Vietnam.
Can you put the Vietnamese for 1,2,3 in the correct order?
- một hai ba
- ba một hai
- một ba hai
"Mot, Hai, Ba, Yo!" is equivalent to "One, two, three, cheers!", and is often chanted during celebrations.
What is the meaning of 'Vietnam'?
- Land of the dragon emperor
- Empire of the sea
- People of the south
'Viet' refers to an ancient kingdom, and 'Nam' means south.
The name originally referred to the south part of that kingdom,
which extended from the north of modern day Vietnam into part of modern day China.
The name has since also been interpreted as referring to Vietnam being south in relation to China.
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