Dear all Bonsai Lovers,
The 15th Asia Pacific Bonsai & Suiseki Convention and Exhibition (ASPAC 2019) will be conducted at Soui Tien Tourism Cultural Park, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on 15-18 November 2019. This international event is organized by the Vietnam Ornaments and Creature Association with the support of the government of the Republic of Vietnam.
The theme of the ASPAC 2019 is “The Art Bonsai – The Convergence of Friendship – Integration.” I hope you have either received direct invitation from the Organizing Committee or calling for participation from their website at http://aspac2019.com
ASPAC is a biennial gathering of all bonsai lovers initiated for the first time in Bali, Indonesia in 1991 with the spirit of advancing the friendship among all bonsai lovers and the spirit of loving the nature and environment with the theme: “Friendship Through Bonsai.” Since then, it has been conducted biennially rotating from country to country within Asia Pacific region. While it is called ASPAC, the event actually also attracted all bonsai lovers from other region in the world.
The upcoming convention represents gathering of all bonsai lovers across Asia Pacific countries as the opportunity to renew and strengthen the friendship, understanding to achieve peace and harmonious lives.
The exhibition will introduce various beautiful and unique bonsai art with variety or size and styles from the three region of Vietnam. There are also areas dedicated to the display of suiseki. There will be bonsai demonstation with world reknown master. Last but not least, the opportunity to visit, among others the Phu Quoc Island, Sung Hung Co Tu Pagoda, An Thoi Harbor, the feeding and growing pearl firm, Ham Ninh fishing village etc. or another side-trip tour in Vietnam.
Continuing our tradition, at the ASPAC 2019 Convention, we will together elect the host country for the 16th ASPAC in 2021. For countries who are interested to host please submit the letter of intent to us and the OC and prepare for the presentation at the convention.
Please find also the brief story of ASPAC for your reference and information.
Jakarta, 16 August 2019
Honorary Co-Founding & Chairman
Board of Advisor ASPAC
The 1st ASPAC, Bali-Indonesia, 1991
“The Asia Pacific Bonsai Convention & Exhibition” or in short “ASPAC” was initiated by Mr. Paiman Mak with the support of the late Mr.Ismail Saleh, at that time was the Minister of Justice of the Republic of Indonesia, who was also a bonsai lover and patron of the Indonesian Bonsai Society (PPBI). This first convention was conducted for the first time at the Nusa Indah Convention Centre, Nusa Dua, Bali in 1991. With the spirit of advancing the friendship among all bonsai lovers and the spirit of loving the nature and environment, this first ever venture decided to set the theme “Friendship Through Bonsai.” Organized by the Indonesian Bonsai Society and with the support of the Indonesian government, the event was warmly greeted and managed to attract bonsai lovers from 15 countries to attend the convention while enjoying beautiful Bali. The late Mr. Saburo Kato, the President of Nippon Bonsai Association and other grand masters from Japan, China and other countries also attended and conducted demonstration.
The success was a historic moment for all bonsai lovers not only from Indonesia but also visiting delegates who realized the potential opportunity to establish a regional bonsai movement, not only bonsai as an art, but also promoting friendship and peace for all. The Bali initiative has inspired the bonsai lovers to continue momentum by conducting the convention biennially. At the convention meeting, the Hong Kong delegates from Hong Kong volunteered to conduct the same event in 1993. This beginning has developed into a world biennial gathering with no gap until today after nearly 30 years. From Bali to the world!
The 2nd ASPAC, Hong Kong, 1993
The 2nd ASPAC was held in Hong Kong with the theme “Better Bonsai, Better Environment”. Following the formation of the Indonesian Suiseki Association (PPSI) in 1992, it was decided to include suiseki in ASPAC and the formal name of the event became “The Asia Pacific Bonsai and Suiseki Convention and Exhibition.” This makes ASPAC as the only world convention to present both bonsai and suiseki at the same event.
The 3rd ASPAC, Singapore, 1995
The success continued and Singapore penjing lovers hosted the 3rd convention with the theme “Gracious Living with Bonsai”.
The 4th ASPAC, Shanghai, China, 1997
The 4th ASPAC was conducted in Shanghai with the theme “ Bring Friendship and Better Environmental for All”.
The 5th ASPAC, Taipei, Taiwan, 1999
Amid disastrous earthquake the year before, Taiwan managed to conduct successfully the 5th event with the theme of “Oriental Passion ’99 - Taipei”.
The 6th ASPAC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2001
Malaysia was elected to host the 6th convention and conducted successfully the convention. Theme: “Millennium Man and The arts of Nature”.
The 7th ASPAC, Manila, The Philippines, 2003
Following the success of Kuala Lumpur, Philippines took turn by holding the 7th Convention in Manila. Theme: “Trees and Stones in Harmony”.
The 8th ASPAC, Beijing, China, 2005
Beijing was elected to host the 8th ASPAC with theme “Passion on Trees and Stones.”
The 9th ASPAC, Bali, Indonesia, 2007
After 16 years since its establishment, ASPAC returned to Indonesia. The convention was conducted successfully at Inna Beach Hotel, Sanur-Bali. Theme: “Friendship, Peace and Culture.” At this Convention, it was agreed to appoint Mr. Paiman Mak as the Chairman of the Board of Advisor of ASPAC and all countries who have conducted ASPAC become member of the Board of Advisors and subsequently Mr. Y.W. Junardy was appointed as the Secretary General of the Board of Advisor.
The 10th ASPAC, Taichung, Taiwan, 2009
As decided in the 9th ASPAC di Bali, Taiwan was reelected to host for the second time with theme “The Harmony of Nature.” The meeting approved to name Mr. M. Paiman as the ‘Honorary Co-Founding Chairman’ of ASPAC.
The 11th ASPAC, Takamatsu, Japan, 2011
For the first time after 20 years, finally Japan decided to join the club by hosting the 11th ASPAC. The convention took place in Takamatsu. Theme: “Friendship and Better Future.”
The 12th ASPAC, Jintan, China, 2013
This event is another showcase of international cooperation. It was the first time, two international events conducted together at the same time and in one place: The 7th WBC and the 12th ASPAC.
The 13th ASPAC, Guangzhou, China, 2015
The 13th ASPAC was conducted in Guangzhou with theme “Infinity of Bonsai & Suiseki” This event is conducted jointly with BCI.
The 14th ASPAC, Taichung Taiwan, 2017
Another combined convention: BCI and ASPAC were held in Taichung, Taiwan, on 4-6 November 2017.
The 15th ASPAC, HCMC, Vietnam, 2019
As decided at the 14th Convention in Taiwan, the 15th ASPAC gathering will be conducted in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on 15-18 November 2019. The event is organized by the Vietnam Ornamental Creature Association. Theme: “The Art Bonsai – The Convergence of Friendship – Integration.”
Jakarta, 10 August 2019
Secretary General, Board of Advisor of ASPAC
5,000 square meters in area, one of the most beautifully-organized Bonsai garden in Viet Nam. It has hundreds of Bonsai trees and Bonsai pots with many unique styles, shapes and sizes. Just as significant, given the Japanese-inspired style, the garden was built with exacting detail. Most of the area is used for Bonsai trees display and cultivations.
This is currently the biggest temple in Viet Nam with the area of over 100,000 square meters. Inside the main shrine, there is a statue of Gautama Buddha with the weight of 9,255 kilo, 3.65 m in height, and completely made of Nerphrite Jade from Vancouver, Canada.
Main shrine: 8,000 sqm in area, 52 m in height
Roof of main shrine: 16,000 sqm in area, 125 m in height
Entry door system at the shrine was made by rare and precious wood, 104 m in length and 8.4 m in height.
At the center of temple, there is a 112.7m-tall tower with 13 storeys. Each storey is a separate small temple.
Main entry gate to the temple: 36 m in length and 25 m in height. Has 3 double doors, 100% bronze cast, pattern carved, weighted 72 tons.
Ben Thanh Market is the most famous shopping destination for tourists in Ho Chi Minh City, featuring every type of souvenir the spending traveler desires to buy. The attraction is one of the earliest surviving structures in Saigon and an important landmark of the city.
At Ben Thanh Market you can expect to find almost everything that the locals might need in their day to day lives: from fresh meats and vegetables to clothes, domestic items, pots, woven baskets and bamboo ladders. This is a feast for the senses.Take in the sounds: the excited chatter of shoppers and the pitch of vendors’ voices rising into the steaming night.
Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral is located in the downtown of Ho Chi Minh City. It was constructed between 1863 and 1880 by the French, and reaches a height of up to 60 meters.
Officially known as Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Notre Dame sits on Cong xa Paris square (also home to the historic Saigon Central Post Office). While the market stands at a modern and crowded corner of the business district, the ancient cathedral is located in a very peaceful picturesque corner in the downtown of Ho Chi Minh City.
About 50 kilometers from the Vietnamese mainland and 50 minutes flight from Ho Chi Minh City, Phu Quoc Island is a part of Kien Giang province and the largest island in Viet Nam. To be known as an island with the most beautiful beaches in Viet Nam, Phu Quoc has an untouched natural environment, the easy going and relaxed atmosphere, hospitable locals, fantastic scuba diving and snorkeling.
CNN has selected the top five up-and-coming Asia Pacific destinations to visit in 2018. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Viet Nam, more and more tourists choose Phu Quoc Island as a place to visit and enjoy family entertainment.
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