Ben Duoc Monument and Cu Chi Tunnels
Type: Physical memorial
Location: Ho Chi Minh City
Added: 9/22/2005 12:00:01 AM
Updated: 12/31/2009 2:32:41 PM
Built in Cu Chi, a land famous for its underground tunnels, about 700 kilometres from Ho Chi Minh City, the Ben Duoc Monument to the War Martyrs is a harmonious architectural complex. The monument is dedicated to the war martyrs from 40 cities and provinces, who laid down their lives on the battle fields in Saigon - Cho Lon - Gia Dinh during the anti-French and US resistance wars for national independence and freedom.
The monument is built according to the design of a traditional Vietnamese temple. It has a three-door gate. In the main shrine are worshipped 44,357 martyrs and heroic mothers whose name are carved on marble plates and gilted with gold. On the ground floor, a mini-mock up, pictures, and many other show pieces about the hard life and battles of the army men and local people during the wars are displayed.
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There is also a nine-storey tower, 39 m high, surrounded with gardens with flowers that blossom all the year round and with diverse kinds of ornamental plants.
Since its establishment in 1995 the monument has welcomed thousands of visitors, both domestic and foreign, especially on Martyrs‘ Day - July 27 - who come to enjoy the local scenery and show their respect to the national heroes.
POSTED BY JON BRUNBERG ON 9/22/2005 12:00:01 AMblog comments powered by Disqus