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Over VND4.5 trillion to be invested to promote Hung Kings Temple’s values
  • | Nhan Dan | January 12, 2016 03:06 PM
The northern province of Phu Tho has announced a conservation plan aiming at promoting the values of the Hung Kings Temple historical site by 2025, at a total investment of VND4.5 trillion (US$202.5 million).

 Each year Hung Kings Temple welcomes hundreds of thousands people to pay respect to the Hung Kings, the nation's legendary founders. The first Hung King, Kinh Duong Vuong, came to power in 2879 BC, establishing the first legendary nation of the ancient Vietnamese people - the Hong Bang Dynasty (then known as Van Lang).

With the goal of turning the most important special national relic into an attractive tourist destination, the site will be upgraded to have a total area of 845 ha, including two main areas - the monument area with the entire Nghia Linh Mountain covering temples, tombs, stelae houses, gates, and road systems; and the natural landscapes around the monument where festivals and tourism services will be organised.

Of the money, VND2.5 trillion will come from the State budget with the remainder sourced from the provincial budget and private sources.

During the 2016-2020 period, VND1.8 trillion will be invested in ongoing projects such as construction of the Hung Kings Statue, Festival Centre stage 3, Hung Vuong Museum upgrading, parking lot No. 5, garbage collection system, environmental improvement, outbound traffic system and supporting socio-economic development in the surrounding areas by developing infrastructure for resettlement areas and compensation for displacing people in the monument areas.

From 2021-2025, VND2.7 billion will be spent on construction of Hung Vuong Tower and other infrastructure in surrounding landscape, embellishing the Hung Temple National Forest with high-value native species, building resorts and cultural parks, upgrading drainage, power supply and internal road systems, and supporting infrastructure development for resettlement areas in the complex’s boundary.

According to the historical site’s management board, since 2010, funds allocated to conservation and upgrading projects in the Hung Kings Temple relic has reached over VND700 billion, of which more than VND100 billion was donated from the people.

Restoration and renovation have been carried out on a number of works such as Thuong (Upper) Temple and Ha (Lower)’s gardens, upgrading road and stone step systems in Nghia Linh Mountain, renovating Thien Quang Pagoda, and planting additional native, shade and ornamental trees in Hung Temple National Forest.

The Hung Kings Temple is located on Nghia Linh Mountain, Phong Chau district, in Phu Tho province, about 100km northwest of Hanoi. It is a complex of ancient tombs, monuments and temples.

The annual festival to commemorate the Hung Kings, which falls on the 10th day of the third lunar month, was first recognised as a national event in 2007.

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

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