Viet Nam News
HƯNG YÊN — The northern province of Hưng Yên is branding itself as the gateway to Hà Nội City, in an effort to attract tourists and market its cultural sites and products.
In its tourism development plan, recently approved by the provincial authorities, the ancient Phố Hiến (Hiến Street) relic complex and the Hồng (Red) River eco-travelling lodge have been listed as trade marks of Hưng Yên tourism.
The province has set a goal to develop tourism industry as a key sector for economic development. The province seeks to exploit the abundance of local products, as well as improve facilities, and promote its cultural identity.
Vice Chairman of the Hưng Yên People’s Committee Nguyễn Duy Hưng said the province has set out a variety of basic targets for development, in which priority was given to the development of the tourism industry; facilities and products that appeal to tourists; and particularly the protection of natural resources and the environment.
Variety: A quan họ (love-duet) singing performance at Phố Hiến. — VNA/VNS Photo
The province also directed local tourism authorities to focus on improving transport infrastructure and urged the business sector to invest in this field, said Hưng.
He said, on the one hand, the province will focus on domestic markets, mainly attracting tourists from Hà Nội and other provinces in the Red River Delta as well as other provinces in the country.
On the other hand, he added, it will expand into international markets including those in Europe, Australia, and North America.
Those in Northeast Asia and ASEAN member countries will also be considered, according to Hưng.
Heritage: The Xích Đằng Temple of Literature, built in the 17th century in Xích Đằng Commune. The temple worships Chu Văn An (1292-1370), a revered teacher in the Trần Dynasty. It is among the 16 historical relics in the Phố Hiến complex recognised as special heritage sites. VNA/VNS Photo Phạm Kiên
Phố Hiến preservation
Hưng Yên has, for several years, undertaken measures to preserve the ancient Phố Hiến relic complex, which is recognised as a special national heritage site.
Numerous projects have been implemented in the locality since 1997 to restore Phố Hiến, in a bid to protect its cultural and historic value. Repairs have been made to the Xích Đằng Temple of Literature, the Chuông Pagoda, the Mẫu (Goddess) Temple, and the Đông Đô Quảng Hội and Hiến Pagodas, among others.
Now the province has cordoned off nearly 2,000 hectares of land to carry out a master plan to preserve ancient Phố Hiến in line with local tourism development.
Furthermore, the province has paid consistent attention to restoring Phố Hiến traditional cultural festivals in order to maximise the tourism potential of the locality. Worshipping places in the complex remain particularly popular among domestic tourists.
The Phố Hiến relic complex contains countless pagodas and temples built in Vietnamese, Chinese and western architectural styles. A Catholic church boasting a gothic architectural style was built in Phố Hiến during the 17th century.
The complex was also once a bustling commercial port on the Red River, reaching its heyday in the 17th and 18th centuries. Phố Hiến was second only to the imperial capital city of Thăng Long as a trading point. It was well-known among foreign traders, especially those from China, the Netherlands, Japan and France. — VNS