Visitors to Quang Nam's famous Hoi An Town and My Son Sanctuary will be exempt from entrance fees from June 21-26 as part of activities to celebrate the 5th annual Quang Nam Heritage Festival.
Normally, tourists must pay to enter some sites in the old quarter of Hoi An Town.
The festival, co-organized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the local government, will take place across the province from June 22-26, with the most attractive sites expected to be Hoi An and My Son, the province's two UNESCO-recognized heritage sites.
High on the list of scheduled programs will be the sharing of heritage preservation experiences among Southeast Asian countries and Vietnamese provinces, food festivities and traditional art performances, Vietnam News Agency reported.
Activities will include the "Vietnam-ASEAN Cultural Heritage Space" exhibition; a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage; the 3rd International Choir Festival; the 2013 Miss Ethnic Vietnam beauty pageant; and the Art Festival for Vietnamese Ethnic Minority Groups.
Tourism promotion activities for the province will showcase the uniqueness of Cham culture and gong festivals performed by local ethnic minority artists.
Also for the occasion, an international conference on preserving intangible cultural heritage will be jointly held by the Vietnam Institute of Culture and Arts Studies, UNESCO and the local government of Quang Nam.