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Consulate General of India in Ho Chi Minh City and Samten Hills Dalat Hosts “Odisha – The Land of Peace” Cultural Experience

The Consulate General of India in Ho Chi Minh City teamed up with Samten Hills Dalat in Lam Dong Province, Vietnam, to present the “Odisha – The Land of Peace” Cultural Experience, aiming to foster closer ties and enhance cultural exchange between the people of India and Vietnam.

Kicking off with a ceremonial inauguration led by Dr. Madan Mohan Sethi, Consul General of India in Ho Chi Minh City, the event celebrated the rich cultural heritage of Odisha. Dr. Sethi lauded Odisha as a cultural treasure trove, highlighting its historical connections with Vietnam spanning over a millennium. He underscored the historical dissemination of Buddhism from Odisha to various corners of Southeast Asia during the reign of Ashoka The Great.

Dr. Sethi emphasized the significant role of this event in strengthening tourism ties between Lam Dong, Vietnam, and Odisha, India. He reaffirmed the mutual commitment of showcasing each other’s unique attractions as premier tourist destinations, thereby fostering cultural and tourism exchanges between the two nations.

Dr. Sethi also commended Samten Hills Dalat as a stunning Buddhist architectural marvel nestled amidst breathtaking hills. He hailed it as a sanctuary for spiritual seekers and enthusiasts in search of serenity and rejuvenation. He expressed confidence that this landmark would attract visitors from around the world, further solidifying cultural and tourism connections between Vietnam and India.

“We are deeply honoured by the collaboration with the Consulate General of India and the celebration of ‘Odisha Day’ at Samten Hills Dalat. With immense pride in being home to the world’s largest prayer wheel as recognized by the Guinness World Records and the Vajrayana Buddhist Spiritual Cultural Space certified by the Vietnam Federation of UNESCO Associations, Samten Hills Dalat has firmly etched its place on the international tourism map, hosting a plethora of domestic and international events. Moreover, we extend our heartfelt gratitude for the harmonious relationships that have fostered a tranquil aura at Samten Hills Dalat – A Place to Return for all,” remarked Trần Thị Thảo Nguyên, Board of Director, Samten Hills Dalat.

The highlight of the event was the spellbinding Odissi dance performances by esteemed artists Saswat Joshi and Sagarika Mohanty, captivating the audience with their graceful movements and captivating expressions.

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