|National honour: The Sai Gon-Cho Lon-Gia Dinh Revolution Memorial Complex opened in HCM City's Cu Chi District on Sunday. — VNS Photo The Anh
HCM CITY (VNS) — The Sai Gon-Cho Lon-Gia Dinh Revolution Memorial Complex opened in HCM City's Cu Chi District last Sunday.
The complex was built to honour the contributions of people and soldiers who made sacrifice in the region to fight for the country's independence.
It covers 13.5 hectares of land and includes different cultural and worship areas to national heroes and revolutionaries.
Addressing the opening ceremony, the chairman of the municipal People's Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong, said:"The complex is located in Cu Chi Tunnel Relic Site, an historical site where leading revolutionaries such as Nguyen Van Linh, Vo Van Kiet, Tran Van Tra, To Ky and Mai Chi Tho lived and led revolutionary movements during the French and American wars."
"It is a symbol of solidarity, creativity and contributions from the city's Party members, people, soldiers and young generations," he said.
On the occasion, Le Thanh Hai, Politburo member of the city's Party's Committee and former Party Secretary, presented, on behalf of the President of Viet Nam, the title Labour Hero to the Cu Chi Tunnel Relic Site.
The 250 km-long Cu Chi Tunnel system, an immense network of connecting underground tunnels in Cu Chi District, is one of the world's most unique historic sites.
It was dug in the late 1940s with a total length of 200 km. Local residents used hands with simple tools for digging.
It has three layers with the deepest 10 metres from the surface. The upper soil layer can support the weight of a 50-tonne tank and the damage of light cannons and bombs.
The system has many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters, and entrances to other tunnels. It includes living quarters, hospitals, food and weapon caches.
It was used by Vietnamese soldiers during fights against French and American forces.
The tunnels have been featured in a report on the world's top underground tourist attraction by CNN, the global TV network.
The site has attracted nearly 20 million local and foreign visitors since 1995. — VNS