Quintessential and Historic Vietnamese Dining

Group: 100 pax from an automobile company in the USA

Brief: To create a quintessentially Vietnamese gala dinner that is historical, exclusive and distinctly beautiful.

One of the oldest sights in Hanoi is the Temple of Literature and straight away was suggested, and selected as the setting for this prestigious gala dinner. A festive atmosphere pervades these historical buildings with a local community proudly showcasing the heritage and traditions passed on to them from centuries past. On arrival the temple is lit in a backdrop of soft light and religious colors. Guests are greeted to the sounds of festival drums with ladies in ao dai’s to escort the group up the stairs, lit by candles, through to the main courtyard.

Colored lanterns light the courtyard and during the sumptuous catered dinner of traditional Vietnamese cuisine, guests are entertained by music and dance performances with arrangements from the North, South and Central Vietnamese provinces. The short walk to the dining venue (50 meters) is draped with huge colorful festival flags and torches. The sit-down gala dinner was catered by Sofitel Metropole Hanoi banquet team with Vietnamese five dining cuisine – no expense was spared on the comfort and standard of the dining experience.

A number of challenges had to be overcome due to the forecast of rain. The team worked closely with the temple management to provide a back-up marquee covered by silk with a lantern ceiling before the guests’ arrival. One of the greatest hurdles was the short amount of time with which we had to prepare the event as the venue is open to the public throughout the day. However, due to our long standing relations throughout the community and with local authorities and our suppliers, we had full co-operation from all sides and were able to provide a seamless experience.

Testimonial from the client:

“The quality of service, facilities and experience delivered by the Destination Asia Vietnam team for our event at Temple of Literature, Hanoi was exceptionally high. The design of the venue and the architectural “wow” factor is perfectly suited for corporate events. The staff led by Destination Asia, is without question the best events management and delivery team we have experienced globally. The continual feedback from all attendees was that the ambience, food and service was perfect. Anyone wanting an unforgettable experience should look no further than this historic Temple.”

e: vietnam@destination-asia.com

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