|The existing memorial house for General Giáp in Quảng Bình Province. Photo baogiaothong.vn|Viet Nam News
QUẢNG BÌNH — The central province of Quảng Bình will build a memorial house for General Võ Nguyên Giáp in his home village.
The People’s Committee of the province decided to build the house to welcome visitors who are keen to know about the General’s life and career. The committee has planned it as a little museum showcasing documents and items related to Giáp’s military concept and practice.
The house will be built on a 3.5ha land plot in Lộc Thủy Commune in Lệ Thủy District, where his home village is located.
The house will have Vietnamese traditional structure, including wooden pillars, beams and bake tile roofs.
The construction will start next year and will be completed in two years, at a cost of VNĐ45 billion (US$1.9 million).
In the commune, the General’s family has a house, which is built in the traditional structure, and is used for worshipping Giáp and his ancestors. For years, the family has been treating this as the memorial house of Giáp and receiving visitors there.
Initially, the committee suggested taking the land and replacing the old house with a new, bigger one but the family refused. Võ Đại Hàm, one of Giáp’s relatives, told a local newspaper that the house was first built in the last century, before it was burnt by French colonists in 1947. The community rebuilt it in 1977, and it has been there since.
The tomb of the General is also based in the province, where hundreds visit every month. — VNS