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Statue dedicated to famed French physician on Nha Trang Beach

Update: August, 22/2012 - 10:54

KHANH HOA — A bust of French-Swiss doctor Alexandre Yersin (1863-1943) has just been unveiled. The bust is placed in south of Tran Phu Bridge on Nha Trang Beach.

The blue granite bust was based on a design by artists Xuan Tien and Ngo Liem from HCM City's Fine Arts Association. It is 4m tall including a pedestal of 0.6m.

Yersin worked in French Indochina as a physician in 1890 before travelling widely in the region. He spent much of his time in Viet Nam, particularly coastal city of Nha Trang in Khanh Hoa Province.

In 1934 he was named honorary director of the Nha Trang Pasteur Institute and a member of its Board of Administration. He died at his home in Nha Trang in 1943.

After 1975, streets named in his honour kept their designation, and his tomb in Suoi Dau, Nha Trang was graced by a shrine where rites are still performed in his memory. Yersin's house in Nha Trang is now the Yersin Museum, and the epitaph on his tombstone describes him as a "Benefactor and humanist, venerated by the Vietnamese people." — VNS

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