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$202.5 million to conserve Hung Kings Temple

Released at: 14:51, 13/01/2016

$202.5 million to conserve Hung Kings Temple

Project aims to turn the most important national relic site into an attractive tourism destination.

by Hoai An

The northern province of Phu Tho has announced a conservation plan for the Hung Kings Temple to 2025, with total investment of VND4.5 trillion ($202.5 million), of which VND2.5 trillion ($111.5 million) will come from the State budget and the remainder from the provincial budget and other private sources.

The project aims to turn the important national relic into an attractive tourism destination. The site will be upgraded to a total area of 845 ha, including two main areas: the monument area with the entire Nghia Linh Mountain covering temples, tombs, stele houses, gates, and road systems, and the natural landscapes around the monument, where festivals and tourism services are organized.

During the 2016-2020 period, VND1.8 trillion ($80.3 million) will be outlaid for ongoing projects such as the construction of the Hung Kings Statue and the third phase of the Festival Centre, upgrades to the Hung Vuong Museum, building Parking Lot No. 5, creating a garbage collection system, conducting environmental improvements, facilitating outbound traffic and supporting socio-economic development in the surrounding areas by developing infrastructure for resettlement areas and compensation for displaced people from the monument areas.

From 2021-2025, VND2.7 trillion ($120.5 million) will be spent on the construction of the Hung Vuong Tower and other infrastructure in the surrounding landscape, improving the Hung Temple National Forest with high-value native species, building resorts and cultural parks, upgrading drainage, power, and internal road systems, and supporting infrastructure development for resettlement areas within the complex’s boundaries.

The annual festival to commemorate the Hung Kings, which falls on the tenth day of the third lunar month, was first recognized as a national event in 2007.

There are over 1,400 places of worship dedicated to the Hung Kings around Vietnam and numerous festivals are held every year to commemorate the country’s founders. The festival at the Hung Kings Temple in Phu Tho province is the major official event.

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