February 22, 2019 | 11:27 am GMT+7

International media center set up for Trump-Kim summit

The Vietnam-Soviet Friendship Cultural Palace in Hanoi, which will serve as the media center during the North Korea-U.S. summit, is getting a facelift.

International media center set up for Trump-Kim summit

Dozens of workers are racing to complete the work at the venue at 91 Tran Hung Dao Street in the central Hoan Kiem District ahead of the historic meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. president Donald Trump on February 27-28.

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Hall A, which is more than 1,000 square meters in size, has a reception desk to guide reporters and around 1,000 tables and chairs.

The center is divided into three areas and will be open 24x7 for the thousands of international reporters who will cover the meeting. Some 2,600 foreign reporters have registered to cover the summit, Vietnam's foreign ministry said. The greatest numbers of applications were from the U.S., South Korean and Japanese media outlets.

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The media center will have a shared work space equipped with networked computers and LCD screens to watch live broadcasts of all events connected to the summit. Press agencies can also rent space and set up their own nine-square-meter booth with tables, chairs, LCD screens, telephone lines, and an internet connection.

The studio and audio room is sound-proof. The center will have 18 large rooms of 22 square meters and 18 smaller ones of six square meters.

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Technicians from Viettel (L) and VNPT, the country’s largest telecommunications companies, install internet cables and connection service.

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Modems are set up.

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LED lights and air-conditioners have been installed to ensure the best working conditions for reporters.

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The dining area has been upgraded. The international media center is expected to be complete on February 24 and will officially be open in five days from February 25 until March 1.

Ngoc Thanh   

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