The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced the top 10 events relating to culture and sports that grabbed local headlines in 2011.
At the press conference held on December 27, the ministry also publicized the new slogan and icon for the 2012 program of national tourism promotion - Viet Nam - Ve dep bat tan (Vietnam - Timeless Charm).
UNESCO's recognition of the 14th-century Ho Dynasty citadel as a world cultural heritage site on June 27 topped the list of top 10 events, followed by UNESCO putting Vietnam's hat Xoan (Xoan singing) on the list of world cultural intangible heritage sites needing urgent protection.
Third place on the list was the first-ever performance of traditional costumes of Vietnamese peoples in November at the Highland Square in Hanoi's Community Village of Vietnamese Peoples. Fourth place went to the 100th anniversary of the Hanoi Opera House on December 9.
The first international tea festival held in Thai Nguyen Province, Vietnam's biggest tea barn, in November placed fifth.
The outstanding achievements of Vietnamese athlete delegation which placed in the top 3 at the 26th SEA Games held in Indonesia in November was ranked sixth.
Athlete Phan Thi Ha Thanh took seventh place on the list, for winning a bronze medal at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championship held in Japan in October. That achievement earned Ha a trip to the 2012 Olympics in London.
Hoang Quy Phuoc ranked next on the top 10 list for winning two gold medals in the 26th SEA Games. He broke the South East Asia record in the 100-meter butterfly event and is also qualified to compete the 2012 London Olympics.
Ha Long Bay being named one of the New7Wonders of Nature helped it to place ninth.
And, the six millionth visitor to Vietnam, French Curvalle Bernard Francois who visited Vietnam on December 26, 2011, rounded out the list. He was given a free tour for two to Da Nang City and Hoi An Town by Saigon Tourist Co.