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New museum commemorates Dien Bien Phu victory

Update: May, 02/2014 - 15:59
The bronze statue of General Vo Nguyen Giap sits in the Dien Bien Phu Victory museum which will be inaugurated next week. -- VNA/VNS Photo Xuan Tu

HA NOI (VNS) — A new museum which celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu Victory will be inaugurated next Monday.

Tourists will be able to learn about the victory through the photos and objects displayed at the new Dien Bien Phu Victory Museum. It has been rebuilt from the old museum which was established in 1984 on one of the many relic sites in the northern province of Dien Bien. It has many valuable documents and objects related to the historic Dien Bien Phu campaign.

The victory played a decisive role in ending Viet Nam's resistance war against the French and in bringing new momentum to Viet Nam's revolution and the struggle for peace, national independence and socialism.

The battle occurred in Dien Bien between March and May 1954 under the command of General Vo Nguyen Giap. The victory led to the signing of the 1954 Geneva Accord in which France agreed to withdraw its forces from the colonies in Indochina.

Located in Muong Thanh District, Dien Bien city, the old museum displays 270 objects and more than 200 paintings and photos of great historical value. It also has huge outdoor exhibits such as artillery guns, cannons, tanks and machine guns.

It was upgraded at the end of 2003, and its exhibition sections were reorganised to give visitors a panoramic view of the nine-year long resistance war against the French and the remarkable Dien Bien Phu victory.

Spread over a total area of 7,000 square metres, the new museum has about 1,000 objects divided into five exhibit sections, featuring the strategic location of Dien Bien Phu, the enemy's scheme at Dien Bien Phu, the Party's guideline regarding preparations for the Dien Bien Phu Campaign, the impact of Dien Bien Phu at home and abroad and the present-day Dien Bien Phu.

The indoor exhibition area in the new museum is triple the size of the old one.

On the occasion, a statue of late General Vo Nguyen Giap was donated to the museum on Wednesday. Measuring 83 centimetres in height and weighing 115 kilograms, the bronze statue sits in the commemorative room of the museum. It is an expression of gratitude for the great contributions made by the general to the Vietnamese revolution, particularly the Dien Bien Phu victory.

It also helps to educate the Vietnamese people, especially the younger generations, about the moral values and talents of General Giap, who was born in 1911 in the central province of Quang Binh. He passed away in Ha Noi last year at the age of 103.

Along with the statue, the room also has photos of heroes of the People's Armed Forces, and the youth volunteers who transported supplies to the battlefield during Dien Bien Phu campaign. — VNS

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