Mr. Nguyen Anh Vu, Editor-in-Chief of the Culture Newspaper, which has been appointed by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism to coordinate with relevant units for holding the voting, mentioned that nearly 100 nominations from 50 units were received. Based on these, the organizers held meetings and voted on 30 events.

An overview of the event

From these results, the organizing committee selected 15 events, reporting them to the Ministry's leadership to launch the voting for the top ten cultural, sports, and tourism events in 2023. This involved the participation of journalists from central and local press agencies.

The 15 selected events for consideration of the top ten cultural, sports, and tourism events of 2023 are:

1. The 80th anniversary of the introduction of the Outline on Vietnam's Culture

2. The first-ever event honoring 78 exemplary figures in cultural sector nationwide in 2023 and the National Cultural Officials Conference

3. UNESCO's recognition of Ha Long Bay - Cat Ba Archipelago (in Quang Ninh province and Hai Phong city) as a World Natural Heritage

4. Vietnam elected as a member of the World Heritage Committee for the 2023-2027 term

5. The "Emperor's Golden Seal" returns home

6. Significant achievements in the cultural industry: Hoi An (Quang Nam province) and Da Lat (Lam Dong province) recognized as UNESCO Creative Cities

7. The first cultural festival for ethnic groups with populations under 10,000 in Lai Chau province in 2023

8. The Law on Domestic Violence and Control effective from July 1, 2023, along with Decree 76/2023/ND-CP detailing certain aspects of this law issued on November 1, 2023, and effective from December 25, 2023

9. Vietnam topped the overall medal tally of the Southeast Asia Games for the first time at the 32nd Southeast Asian Games held in Cambodia in May, 2023

10. The Vietnamese women's national football team participating in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023

11. Vietnam's shooting team clinching its first-ever gold medal in the Asian Games' history

12. Female cyclist Nguyen Thi That winning the Asian championship and securing a place in the 2024 Paris Olympics

13. Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh presiding over the national online conference on tourism on March 15 and the national teleconference discussing the rapid and sustainable development of Vietnam’s tourism on November 15. The Government issued Resolution No.82/NQ-CP outlining main tasks and key solutions to expedite the efficient recovery and sustainable development of tourism

14. On August 14, 2023, the Government issued Resolution No.127/NQ-CP regarding the implementation of electronic visa application for citizens from all countries and territories and Resolution No.128/NQ-CP regulating the duration of temporary stay for citizens of 13 countries that are unilaterally exempted from visas is increased from 15 days to 45 days

15. Vietnam's tourism receiving numerous awards from the World Tourism Organization in 2023, being honored as the top world heritage destination for the fourth time and the top tourist destination in Asia for the fifth time.

The voting for the top ten cultural, sports, and tourism events is conducted in two forms: Direct voting on December 5 at the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism headquarters with the participation of journalists from central and local press agencies; online voting organized via the Ministry's website at, the Culture Newspaper Online at, and the To quoc (Fatherland) Online Newspaper at The online voting period is from 8:30 a.m. on December 5 to 5:00 p.m. on December 7, 2023.

The list of the top ten cultural, sports, and tourism events of 2023 will be announced by the organizing board after compiling the voting results from these two methods.

Translated by Trung Thanh