Update: 10:08 | 13/05/2022
The opening ceremony of SEA Games 31 began 8 p.m. Thursday in Hanoi's My Dinh Stadium with numerous art performances.
A dance with bamboo, a symbol of Vietnam's will and strong spirit.
A lotus-themed performance.
A giant painting introduces Laos at the ceremony.
A painting of Malaysia.
A painting of Myanmar.
Vietnam contingent. More than 5,000 athletes are in Vietnam for the event, and 31 representatives from each country joined the parade at the ceremony.
After President Nguyen Xuan Phuc delivered a speech to officially open the regional sports event, fireworks exploded at My Dinh Stadium.
Quach Thi Lan (L), who won a gold medal in track and field at 2018 ASIAD, lit the SEA Games torch.
The SEA Games torch.