On 29 March, the Da Nang People’s Committee held a ceremony to receive the Decision No. 2082/QĐ-TTg dated 25 December 2017 of the Prime Minister on recognition of Dien Hai Citadel as special national relic site.
Da Nang People’s Committee Chairman Huynh Duc Tho (left) receives Decision of the Prime Minister on recognition of Dien Hai Citadel as special national relic site
In attendance were Minister for Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien; Da Nang Municipal Communist Party Committee Secretary Truong Quang Nghia and Standing Deputy Secretary Vo Cong Tri; Da Nang People’s Committee Chairman Huynh Duc Tho and other members of the Standing Board of the Municipal Communist Party Committee.
Addressing the ceremony, Minister Nguyen Ngoc Thien asked the city to build up a master plan on the restoration of the citadel in connection with destinations in the central region of Viet Nam in serving for tourism booming. He stressed that the citadel was a symbol of Vietnamese indomitable struggles against invaders, and the city should restore the citadel as original design since it was built nearly 200 years ago.
Chairman Huynh Duc Tho said that many efforts have been made by the local administration to protect the site from damage and trespassers over past decades. The Da Nang Museum, which was built on the area of the citadel, with 80 households and buildings, had been removed in preparation for the restoration project.
The city leader also announced that the city will invest to upgrade the national relic grave of Khue Trung in Hoa Vang District which is the resting place of 1,500 warriors and local people who died during the fight against French-Spanish forces.
An entrance gate of the Dien Hai Citadel
Also at the event, the Da Nang People’s Committee officially started the first stage of the project featuring the restoration and embellishment of Dien Hai Citadel.