Nguyen Vinh Phuc, born in the northern province of Hung Yen's Yen My District, died of a serious illness at the hospital. Though not a native of Hanoi, for dozens of years he was known as one of the most eminent historical and cultural researchers of the capital city. His passion for Hanoi led him to publish a large number of books about the city, its customs and its people. His books include ‘Hanoi Streets and Roads’ and ‘Hanoi over the Years’.
He was also chief editor of valuable and precious books such as Hanoi Roads, Questions and Answers about 1,000-year-old Thang Long, Hanoi Tourism, Hanoi – Land and its People and History of Thang Long – Hanoi.
Phuc was a teacher of literature, history and geography in Hanoi. While he was alive, he said that he did not know much about Hanoi and he would like to learn more to catch up to his colleagues. The more he learned the more he discovered Hanoi to be like a charming girl attracting him day by day.
He was conferred with the State title Distinguished Teacher and presented the Prize ‘Bui Xuan Phai – For the Love of Hanoi’, due to his great research contributions to the city.
His funeral will be held from 7am-9am on Thursday this week at the National Defense Ministry's funeral house at No. 5 Tran Thanh Tong Street, Hanoi.